Inguinal region

by James Pickering, PhD

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    In this lecture, we are going to continue looking at the muscles of the anterolateral abdominal wall and focus on the inguinal region and specifically, the inguinal canal. So, within the inguinal region, which we spoke about in the first surface anatomy lecture, there was a region lower down on both the left and right side of the abdomen called the inguinal region and this is a really important region, it's a complex area of anatomy that contains numerous structures that are entering and leaving the abdomen including the testes as they migrated down during development. This means that when sperm are produced by the testes that are now in the scrotum, they have to pass back through this region towards the pelvis. The female also has inguinal region and has an inguinal canal, but because their gonads are not located outside of the body, their inguinal canal, as we will see, is that much smaller. So, we will look at the inguinal canal in a fair bit of detail, we will look at its boundaries, we will look at the two openings called the inguinal rings and then we will look at the contents in both the male and the female, but specifically in the male, we will look at what we find within the inguinal canal. And then we will look at hernias. You have probably come across inguinal hernias before and there's two different types of inguinal hernias, both an indirect and a direct. So, as you can remember from our previous lecture on surface anatomy, the inguinal region is this region down here, we have both one on the right side and we have one on the left hand side. It’s this region which specifically we can see over by the anterior superior iliac spine and...

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    The lecture Inguinal region by James Pickering, PhD is from the course Abdominal and Pelvic Anatomy. It contains the following chapters:

    • Start into the inguinal region
    • Surface Anatomy
    • Inguinal canal
    • Boundaries of the inguinal canal
    • Contents of the inguinal canal
    • Spermatic cord - coverings
    • Inguinal hernias

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    1. internal oblique and transversus abdominis
    2. external oblique and transversus abdominis
    3. transversus abdominis and transversalis fascia
    4. internal oblique and transversalis fascia
    1. external oblique
    2. internal oblique
    3. transversalis fascia
    4. transversus abdominis
    1. inguinal ligament
    2. external oblique aponeurosis
    3. internal oblique aponeurosis
    4. transversus abdominis
    1. Ilioinguinal nerve
    2. Cremasteric artery
    3. Ductus deferens
    4. Genital branch of the genitofemoral nerve
    1. Occurs at the level of the superficial inguinal ring
    2. Occurs at the level of the deep inguinal ring
    3. Exits the abdomen lateral to the inferior epigastric vessels
    4. Is typically found in young men

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     James Pickering, PhD

    James Pickering, PhD

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