Femoral triangle contents (mnemonic)

Last revised by Dr Vikas Shah on 29 Oct 2019

Mnemonics to recall the order of the femoral vessels and nerve as they emerge from beneath the inguinal ligament into the femoral triangle are:

  • NAVY
  • NAVEL

Mnemonics

NAVY

From lateral to medial:

It should be noted the mnemonic only pertains to the major structures and that the femoral triangle also contains the femoral sheath, femoral canal and the great saphenous vein. 

NAVEL

From lateral to medial:

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