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Lateral inguinal fossa

Lateral inguinal fossa
Posterior view of the anterior abdominal wall in its lower half. The peritoneum is in place, and the various cords are shining through. (Lateral inguinal fossa labeled at center right.)
Inguinal fossae
Latin fossa inguinalis lateralis
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The lateral inguinal fossa is a structure described in human anatomy. It is a shallow concave stretch of peritoneum on the deep surface of the anterior abdominal wall and is best seen from the greater peritoneal cavity, looking anteriorly (as, for example, during laparoscopy).


It is bounded by the lateral umbilical fold (which contains the inferior epigastric artery), the medial umbilical fold (which contains the remnants of the fetal umbilical artery) and the inguinal ligament. Superiorly it is bounded by the lateral border of Rectus abdominis.

Clinical significance

It is a site of herniation for indirect inguinal hernia.

See also

  • Medial inguinal fossa
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