Superficial circumflex iliac artery

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Artery: Superficial circumflex iliac artery
Scheme of the femoral artery. (Superficial circumflex iliac labeled at upper right.)
Latin Arteria circumflexa iliaca superficialis
Source Femoral artery

The superficial iliac circumflex artery (or superficial circumflex iliac), the smallest of the cutaneous branches of the femoral artery, arises close to the superficial epigastric artery, and, piercing the fascia lata, runs lateralward, parallel with the inguinal ligament, as far as the crest of the ilium.

It divides into branches which supply the integument of the groin, the superficial fascia, and the superficial subinguinal lymph glands, anastomosing with the deep iliac circumflex, the superior gluteal and lateral femoral circumflex arteries.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.