Superficial inguinal lymph nodes

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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
The superficial lymph glands and lymphatic vessels of the lower extremity.
Drains from most of perineal region
Drains to deep inguinal lymph nodes
Latin nodi lymphoidei inguinales superficiales
Anatomical terminology

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:


They are divided into three groups:

  • Supramedial or Superomedial
  • Superolateral
  • Inferior

See also[edit]


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

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