Lateral arcuate ligament
|Lateral arcuate ligament|
The diaphragm. Under surface. (Lat. arcuate ligament visible at bottom left.)
|Latin||ligamentum arcuatum laterale|
The lateral arcuate ligament (also lateral lumbocostal arch and external arcuate ligament) is a ligament under the diaphragm that arches across the upper part of the quadratus lumborum muscle. It is traversed by the subcostal nerve, artery and vein.
The lateral arcuate ligament runs from the front of the transverse process of the first lumbar vertebra, and, laterally, to the tip and lower margin of the twelfth rib. It forms an arch over the quadratus lumborum muscle.
- Anatomy figure: 40:04-10 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "The abdominal surface of the diaphragm."
- posteriorabdomen at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (posteriorabdmus&nerves)
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