Superficial circumflex iliac artery

The superficial iliac circumflex artery (or superficial circumflex iliac), the smallest of the cutaneous branches of the femoral artery, arises close to the superficial epigastric artery, and, piercing the fascia lata, runs lateralward, parallel with the inguinal ligament, as far as the crest of the ilium.

Superficial circumflex iliac artery
Scheme of the femoral artery. (Superficial circumflex iliac labeled at upper right.)
SourceFemoral artery
LatinArteria circumflexa iliaca superficialis
Anatomical terminology

It divides into branches which supply the integument of the groin, the superficial fascia, and the superficial subinguinal lymph glands, anastomosing with the deep iliac circumflex, the superior gluteal and lateral femoral circumflex arteries.

In 45% to 50% of persons the superficial circumflex iliac artery and superficial inferior epigastric artery arise from a common trunk. In contrast, 40% to 45% of persons have a superficial circumflex iliac artery and superficial inferior epigastric artery that arise from separate origins [1,2].

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

1. Acland RD. The free iliac flap: a lateral modification of the free groin flap. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1979;64:30.

2. Mathes SJ, Nahai F, eds. Reconstructive Surgery: Principles, Anatomy, and Technique. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone, Inc; 1997;2:1005.

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