Superficial inguinal lymph nodes

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 29 Dec 2020

The superficial inguinal lymph nodes (often shortened to superficial inguinal nodes) form a subgroup of the inguinal lymph nodes and are located in the superficial fascia of the upper thigh near the inguinal ligament and great saphenous vein.

They number around ten, although a range of 5-17 nodes was reported in a cadaveric study, and drain lymph from the gluteal region, inferior anterior abdominal wall, perineum and superficial lower limbs 3. They drain into the external iliac lymph nodes via lymphatic channels accompanying the femoral vessels.

ADVERTISEMENT: Supporters see fewer/no ads

Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: lymphatics of the lower limb (Gray's illustration)
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Updating… Please wait.

     Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

     Thank you for updating your details.