Inferior gluteal artery

The inferior gluteal artery (sciatic artery), the smaller of the two terminal branches of the anterior trunk of the internal iliac artery, is distributed chiefly to the buttock and back of the thigh.

Inferior gluteal artery
Left gluteal region, showing surface markings for arteries and sciatic nerve
Internal iliac artery and branches, including inferior gluteal artery
SourceInternal iliac artery
BranchesAccompanying artery of ischiadic nerve
VeinInferior gluteal veins
SuppliesGluteus maximus, piriformis and quadratus femoris muscles
LatinArteria glutaea inferior
Anatomical terminology

It passes down on the sacral plexus of nerves and the piriformis muscle, behind the internal pudendal artery, to the lower part of the greater sciatic foramen, through which it escapes from the pelvis between the piriformis and coccygeus.

It then descends in the interval between the greater trochanter of the femur and tuberosity of the ischium, accompanied by the sciatic and posterior femoral cutaneous nerves, and covered by the gluteus maximus, and is continued down the back of the thigh, supplying the skin, and anastomosing with branches of the perforating arteries.

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  • This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 620 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)
  • Inferior_gluteal_artery at the Duke University Health System's Orthopedics program
  • Anatomy figure: 43:07-12 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Sagittal view of the internal iliac artery and its branches in the female pelvis. "
  • pelvis at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (pelvicarteries)

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