Inguinal canal (diagram)

Case contributed by Dr Jeffrey Cheng

Patient Data

Gender: Male
Diagram

A sagittal schematic of the male inguinal canal demonstrating its boundaries and relations. 

Case Discussion

Due to its oblique course through multiple layers of fascia, the walls of the inguinal canal can be difficult to conceptualise. This diagram attempts to simplify the boundaries and structures within the canal. This diagram pertains to males; however, in females the spermatic cord will be replaced by the round ligament.

The four walls are:

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Case information

rID: 56684
Published: 16th Nov 2017
Last edited: 21st Mar 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Mater Hospital

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