Superficial epigastric artery

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Artery: Superficial epigastric artery
Scheme of the femoral artery. (Superior epigastric visible at upper left.)
The left femoral triangle. (Superior epigastric vesseles labeled at center top.)
Latin a. epigastrica superficialis
Gray's subject #157 629
Source femoral artery   
Vein Superficial epigastric vein
MeSH Epigastric+arteries
/ Elsevier

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

The superficial 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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