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Iliac fascia

Iliac fascia
Structures surrounding right hip-joint.
Structures passing behind the inguinal ligament.
Latin fascia iliaca
Gray's subject #127 466
Dorlands/Elsevier f_03/12355161

The iliac fascia has the following connections:

  • laterally, to the whole length of the inner lip of the iliac crest.
  • medially, to the linea terminalis of the lesser pelvis, where it is continuous with the periosteum.

At the iliopectineal eminence it receives the tendon of insertion of the Psoas minor, when that muscle exists.

Lateral to the femoral vessels it is intimately connected to the posterior margin of the inguinal ligament, and is continuous with the transversalis fascia.

Immediately lateral to the femoral vessels the iliac fascia is prolonged backward and medialward from the inguinal ligament as a band, the iliopectineal fascia, which is attached to the iliopectineal eminence.

This fascia divides the space between the inguinal ligament and the hip bone into two lacunæ or compartments:

  • the medial transmits the femoral vessels.
  • the lateral transmits the Psoas major and Iliacus and the femoral nerve.

Medial to the vessels the iliac fascia is attached to the pectineal line behind the inguinal aponeurotic falx, where it is again continuous with the transversalis fascia. This article was originally based on an entry from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. As such, some of the information contained herein may be outdated. Please edit the article if this is the case, and feel free to remove this notice when it is no longer relevant.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Iliac_fascia". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
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