Superficial perineal pouch

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Superficial perineal pouch
Coronal section of anterior part of male pelvis, through the pubic arch. Seen from in front. (Superficial perineal pouch is white outline at bottom.)
Muscles of the male perineum-Gray406.png
Muscles of male perineum.
Artery branches of internal pudendal artery
Vein branches of internal pudendal veins
Nerve branches of perineal nerve
Lymph superficial inguinal lymph nodes
Latin compartimentum superficiale perinei
TA A09.5.02.001
FMA 85042
Anatomical terminology

The superficial perineal pouch (also superficial perineal compartment/space/sac) is a compartment of the perineum.


The superficial perineal pouch is an open compartment, due to the fact that anteriorly, the space communicates freely with the potential space lying between the superficial fascia of the anterior abdominal wall and the anterior abdominal muscles:

  • its inferior border is the Superficial Perineal Fascia (Colles' fascia) is the fascia which covers the inferior border of the muscles of the superficial perineal pouch (not to be confused with deep perineal fascia, which covers the superficial perineal muscles individually).
  • its superior border is the perineal membrane (inferior fascia of the urogenital diaphragm).


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External links[edit]

  • Anatomy photo:41:09-0100 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "The Female Perineum: The Superficial Perineal Pouch"
  • perineum at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)