Abdominal Wall
Abdominal Wall

Abdominal Wall

by Craig Canby, PhD

The abdominal cavity is enclosed by the abdominal wall, which is formed by multiple layers of overlaid connective tissue and muscles that—aside from direct protection to the abdominal organs—provide stability and movement to the spine.

In this course, the student will be introduced to the layers of the abdominal wall, the spine and back muscles, the irrigation and innervation of the abdominal wall, and the inguinal canal.

For optimal comprehension, the student is encouraged to correlate the lessons of this course with their counterparts in histology, physiology, and embryology.

Defects anywhere along the abdominal wall can cause intra-abdominal contents to protrude, or herniate. Abdominal hernias are a very common cause of abdominal and inguinal pain, requiring prompt surgical repair because of the risk of incarceration and strangulation of the contents of the hernial sac. The anatomy of the abdominal wall is of particular focus for the specialty of general surgery, as a good understanding of its components and biomechanics is key for adequate repair of defects (herniorrhaphy) that cause herniation of abdominal contents.

Clinical diagnosis of conditions affecting the abdominal wall requires a good physical examination, which is founded on a solid grasp of the anatomy. A competent physician and nurse are required to have a good understanding of the anatomy of the abdominal wall and the abdominal organs beneath to ensure their assessment of the patient has a good diagnostic yield.

Course Details

  • Videos 45
  • Duration 5:08 h
  • Quiz questions 169
  • Concept Pages 13


Your Educators of course Abdominal Wall

 Craig Canby, PhD

Craig Canby, PhD

Dr. Craig Canby is a Professor of Anatomy and the Associate Dean for Academic Curriculum and Medical Programs at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University, Iowa, USA.
He obtained his PhD in Anatomy at the University of Iowa.
For his achievements in teaching and research, he received various awards such as the DPT Class of 2008 Teaching Excellence Award and the prestigious Hancher-Finkbine Medallion.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Canby teaches courses on Anatomy.

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Nice content
By Dr Sonika R. on 25. August 2022 for Abdominal Wall

I like the content. All topics are touched. Helpful for any kind of competitive exam

It was really helpful. I have been struggling to understand even when my lecturers thought the topic but Craig Canby made it eas
By Miracle R. on 25. April 2022 for Abdominal Wall

It was really helpful. I have been struggling to understand even when my lecturers thought the topic but Craig Canby made it easy. Thank you lecturio.

Great lecturers and course designers
By MOHAMMED A. on 23. March 2022 for Abdominal Wall

I highly recommend this course. Great lecturers and course designers

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By Tolulope A. on 21. February 2022 for Abdominal Wall

It's amazing to see this topic proficiently delivered in such a lucid manner