Pectineal ligament

The pectineal ligament (sometimes known as the inguinal ligament of Cooper,[1] after Astley Cooper) is an extension of the lacunar ligament that runs on the pectineal line of the pubic bone. The pectineal ligament is the posterior border of the femoral ring.

Pectineal ligament
The inguinal and lacunar ligaments.
Fromlacunar ligament
Topectineal line
Latinligamentum pectineum
Anatomical terminology

It was characterized by Cooper in 1804.[2][3] The structure is strong and holds suture well, facilitating reconstruction of the floor of the inguinal canal. This variant of non-prosthetic inguinal hernia repair, first used by Georg Lotheissen in Austria,[4] now bears his name.

See also


  1. synd/911 at Who Named It?
  2. Faure JP, Hauet T, Scepi M, Chansigaud JP, Kamina P, Richer JP (2001). "The pectineal ligament: anatomical study and surgical applications". Surg Radiol Anat. 23 (4): 237–42. doi:10.1007/s00276-001-0237-1. PMID 11694967.
  3. Cooper, A. The Anatomy and Surgical Treatment of Internal and Congenital Hernia." London. 1804
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