Deep artery of the thigh

The deep artery of the thigh, (profunda femoris artery or deep femoral artery) is a branch of the femoral artery that, as its name suggests, travels more deeply (posteriorly) than the rest of the femoral artery.

Deep artery of the thigh
The profunda femoris artery, femoral artery and their major branches - right thigh, anterior view. (Femoral profunda labeled at right center.)
Structures surrounding right hip-joint.
Sourcefemoral artery
BranchesLateral femoral circumflex
Medial femoral circumflex
Veinprofunda femoris vein
Latinarteria profunda femoris
Anatomical terminology


The deep artery of the thigh branches off the femoral artery soon after its origin. It travels down the thigh closer to the femur than the femoral artery, running between the pectineus and the adductor longus, and running on the posterior side of adductor longus. The deep femoral artery does not leave the thigh.


The deep artery of the thigh gives off the following branches:

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 629 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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