Pudendal canal

The pudendal canal (also called Alcock's canal) is an anatomical structure in the pelvis through which the internal pudendal artery, internal pudendal veins, and the pudendal nerve pass.

Pudendal canal
Coronal section of pelvis, showing arrangement of fasciæ. Viewed from behind. (Alcock's canal labelled at bottom right.)
Pudendal nerve and its course through the pudendal canal (labelled in yellow)
Latincanalis pudendalis
Anatomical terminology


The pudendal canal is formed by the fascia of the obturator internus muscle, or obturator fascia.

It encloses the following:

These vessels and nerve cross the pelvic surface of the obturator internus.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 421 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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