Greater sciatic notch

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Greater sciatic notch
Sciatic notches.png
Right hip bone, external surface, showing greater sciatic notch and lesser sciatic notch, separated by the spine of ischium.
Latin Incisura ischiadica major
Gray's p.235
TA A02.5.01.009
FMA 16902
Anatomical terms of bone

The greater sciatic notch lies between the posterior inferior iliac spine (above), and the ischial spine (below). The sacrospinous ligament changes this notch into an opening, the greater sciatic foramen.

It transmits the piriformis, the superior and inferior gluteal vessels and nerves, the sciatic and posterior femoral cutaneous nerves, the internal pudendal vessels, and the nerves to the obturator internus and quadratus femoris.

Of these, the superior gluteal vessels and nerve pass out above the piriformis, the other structures below it.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

External links[edit]