Iliopubic tract

The iliopubic tract is a thickened band of fibers curving over the external iliac vessels, at the spot where they become femoral, on the abdominal side of the inguinal ligaments and loosely connected with it. It is apparently a thickening of the transverse fascia joined laterally to the iliac crest, and arching across the front of the femoral sheath to be inserted by a broad attachment into the pubic tubercle and pectineal line, behind the conjoint tendon. In some subjects this structure is not very prominently marked, and not infrequently it is altogether wanting. It can be of clinical significance in hernia repair.[1]

Iliopubic tract
Femoral sheath laid open to show its three compartments.
Latintractus iliopubicus
Anatomical terminology


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 419 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. Teoh L, Hingston G, Al-Ali S, Dawson B, Windsor J (1999). "The iliopubic tract: an important anatomical landmark in surgery". J Anat. 194(Pt 1): 137–41. doi:10.1046/j.1469-7580.1999.19410137.x. PMC 1467901. PMID 10227675.

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