Deep inguinal lymph nodes
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|Deep inguinal lymph nodes|
1. Superomedial superficial inguinal
2. Superolateral superficial inguinal
3. Inferior superficial inguinal
4. Deep inguinal lymph nodes
Regional lymph tissue
|Latin||nodi lymphoidei inguinales profundi|
|superficial inguinal lymph nodes, popliteal lymph nodes|
|external iliac glands|
The deep inguinal lymph nodes are located medial to the femoral vein and under the cribriform fascia. There are approximately 3 to 5 deep nodes. The superior-most node is located under the inguinal ligament and is called Cloquet's node.
The presence of swollen inguinal lymph nodes are an important clinical sign because swelling may indicate an infection (such as orchitis in males) in the lower extremities or spread from cancers, such as anal cancer and vulvar cancer.
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