Superficial inguinal lymph nodes

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Lymph: Superficial inguinal lymph nodes
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1. Supromedial superficial inguinal
2. Superolateral superficial inguinal
3. Inferior superficial inguinal
4. Deep inguinal lymph nodes
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The superficial lymph glands and lymphatic vessels of the lower extremity.
Latin nodi lymphoidei inguinales superficiales
Gray's p.702
Drains from
most of perineal region
Drains to
deep inguinal lymph nodes

The superficial inguinal lymph nodes form a chain immediately below the inguinal ligament.

They lie deep to Camper's fascia which overlies the femoral vessels at medial aspect of the thigh.

They are found in the triangle bounded by the inguinal ligament superiorly, the border of the sartorius muscle laterally, and the adductor longus muscle medially. (Femoral Triangle of Scarpa)

There are approximately 10 superficial lymph nodes.

The superficial nodes drain to the deep inguinal lymph nodes.

Afferents received[edit]

They receive as afferents lymphatic vessels from the following:

Division[edit]

They are divided into three groups:

  • Supramedial or Superomedial
  • Superolateral
  • Inferior

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