Superficial epigastric artery

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Superficial epigastric artery
Scheme of the femoral artery. (Superficial epigastric visible at upper left.)
The left femoral triangle. (Superficial epigastric vesseles labeled at center top.)
Source Femoral artery
Vein Superficial epigastric vein
Latin Arteria epigastrica superficialis
MeSH A07.231.114.330
TA A12.2.16.011
FMA 20734
Anatomical terminology

The superficial epigastric artery (not to be confused with the superior epigastric artery) arises from the front of the femoral artery about 1 cm below the inguinal ligament, and, passing through the femoral sheath and the fascia cribrosa, turns upward in front of the inguinal ligament, and ascends between the two layers of the superficial fascia of the abdominal wall nearly as far as the umbilicus.

It distributes branches to the superficial subinguinal lymph glands, the superficial fascia, and the integument; it anastomoses with branches of the inferior epigastric, and with its fellow of the opposite side.

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

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