Femoral ring

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The femoral ring is the superior opening of the femoral canal. It boundaries are:

  • medial: lacunar ligament
  • anterior: medial part of the inguinal ligament
  • lateral: femoral vein within the intermediate compartment of the femoral sheath
  • posterior: pectineal ligament overlying the pectineus and its fascia covering the superior pubic ramus

Femoral hernias occur through the femoral ring into the femoral canal. As 3 of the 4 boundaries of the femoral ring are either ligamentous or osseous, the ring is unforgiving which explains the high risk incarceration of femoral hernias.

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rID: 42105
Section: Anatomy
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