Anterior compartment of thigh

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Anterior compartment of thigh
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Cross-section through the middle of the thigh. (Anterior compartment is at upper left.)
Latin compartimentum femoris anterius
Gray's p.468
Artery femoral artery
Nerve femoral nerve
Anatomical terminology

The anterior fascial compartment of thigh contains the knee extensors and hip flexors.

It contains the following five muscles:[1]

The muscles of the anterior compartment of the thigh (as well as the pectineus of the medial compartment) are innervated by the femoral nerve. Though the iliopsoas is sometimes considered a member of the anterior compartment muscles,[2][3] the iliacus and the psoas portions do not share the same innervation. Whereas the iliacus is innervated by the femoral nerve, the psoas is innervated by ventral rami of L1-L3. Notably, the articularis genus is also sometimes included in the anterior compartment group.[2]

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  1. ^ Sauerland, Eberhardt K.; Patrick W., PhD. Tank; Tank, Patrick W. (2005). Grant's dissector. Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 125. ISBN 0-7817-5484-4. 
  2. ^ a b "Summary of Lower Limb". Archived from the original on 23 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  3. ^ Ellis, Harold; Susan Standring; Gray, Henry David (2005). Gray's anatomy: the anatomical basis of clinical practice. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. p. 518. ISBN 0-443-07168-3. 

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