It forms the base of the inguinal canal which is the place from where the inguinal hernia develops.
The inguinal ligament runs from the anterior superior iliac spine of the ilium to the pubic tubercle of the pubic bone. It is formed by the external abdominal oblique aponeurosis and is continuous with the fascia lata of the thigh.
It is also referred to as Poupart's ligament, because Poupart gave it its relevance to hernial repair (he called it "le suspenseur de l'abdomen", the suspender of the abdomen). It is less frequently termed the Fallopian ligament.
Articulations of pelvis. Anterior view.
The subcutaneous inguinal ring.
Femoral sheath laid open to show its three compartments.
The relations of the femoral and abdominal inguinal rings, seen from within the abdomen. Right side.
The left femoral triangle.
Posterior view of the anterior abdominal wall in its lower half. The peritoneum is in place, and the various cords are shining through.
- Template:SUNYAnatomyFigs - "Deep muscles of the anterior thigh."
- Template:SUNYAnatomyLabs - "Anterior Abdominal Wall: Osteology and Surface Anatomy "
- Template:SUNYAnatomyLabs - "Anterior Abdominal Wall: The Inguinal Ligament"
- Diagram at gensurg.co.uk