Inguinal canal walls (mnemonic)

A helpful mnemonic to remember inguinal canal walls is:

  • MALT (2M, 2A, 2L, 2T)


Starting from superior, moving anticlockwise in order to posterior:

  • Superior wall (roof): 2 Muscles
    • internal oblique Muscle
    • transverse abdominus Muscle
  • Anterior wall: 2 Aponeuroses
    • Aponeurosis of external oblique
    • Aponeurosis of internal oblique
  • Lower wall (floor): 2 Ligaments
    • inguinal Ligament·
    • lacunar Ligament
  • Posterior wall: 2 Ts
    • Transversalis fascia
    • conjoint Tendon
Anatomy: Abdominopelvic
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rID: 22590
Sections: Mnemonics, Anatomy
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • MALT

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