Obturator canal

Last revised by Craig Hacking on 24 Nov 2020

The obturator canal is a small opening in the superior aspect of the obturator foramen that connects the pelvis to the medial compartment of the thigh. The obturator foramen is otherwise covered by the obturator membrane.

Gross anatomy


The contents of the obturator canal are the obturator nerve, artery and vein.

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: obturator membrane (Gray's illustration)
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