Deep artery of the thigh
|Deep artery of the thigh|
The profunda femoris artery, femoral artery and their major branches - right thigh, anterior view. (Femoral profunda labeled at right center.)
Structures surrounding right hip-joint.
|Branches||Lateral femoral circumflex
Medial femoral circumflex
|Vein||profunda femoris vein|
|Latin||arteria profunda femoris|
The deep artery of the thigh, (profunda femoris artery or deep femoral artery) is a branch of the femoral artery that, as its name suggests, travels more deeply (posteriorly) than the rest of the femoral artery.
The deep artery of the thigh branches off the femoral artery soon after its origin. It travels down the thigh closer to the femur than the femoral artery, running between the pectineus and the adductor longus, and running on the posterior side of adductor longus. The deep femoral artery does not leave the thigh.
The deep artery of the thigh gives off the following branches:
- Lateral circumflex femoral artery
- Medial circumflex femoral artery
- Perforating arteries - perforate the adductor magnus muscle to the posterior and medial compartments of the thigh.
- Profunda_femoris_deep_femoral_artery at the Duke University Health System's Orthopedics program
- Anatomy figure: 12:04-03 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Arteries of the lower extremity shown in association with major landmarks."
- Cross section image: pelvis/pelvis-e12-15 - Plastination Laboratory at the Medical University of Vienna
- MedEd at Loyola grossanatomy/dissector/labs/le/ant_th_leg/main.html
- antthigh at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (femoralart)