Popliteal fossa

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The popliteal fossa is a diamond or rhomboid-shaped fat-filled space in the posterior knee. The space is extremely dynamic, allowing for its neurovascular contents to move during the extreme range of motion produced by knee flexion and extension.

Gross anatomy

Boundaries

See the mnemonic here.

Contents

At all levels, the popliteal vein is found between the popliteal artery and the tibial nerve 2.

Related pathology

Lower limb anatomy
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Article information

rID: 45483
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • popliteal fossae

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