Superficial inguinal ring

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Superficial inguinal ring
Front of abdomen, showing surface markings for arteries and inguinal canal. (Subcutaneous inguinal ring labeled at lower left.)
The subcutaneous inguinal ring.
Latin annulus inguinalis superficialis
Gray's subject #286 1315
Dorlands/Elsevier a_50/12143741

In the aponeurosis of the external oblique, immediately above the crest of the pubis, is a triangular opening, the subcutaneous inguinal ring (superficial inguinal ring, external inguinal ring), formed by a separation of the fibers of the aponeurosis in this situation.

The subcutaneous inguinal ring is situated 1 centimeter above and lateral to the pubic tubercle. It has medial and lateral crura.

It is at the layer of the aponeurosis of the Obliquus externus abdominis.[1]

Clinical significance

The superficial ring is dilated in a condition called athletic pubalgia.

See also


  1. Kyung Won, PhD. Chung (2005). Gross Anatomy (Board Review). Hagerstwon, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 198. ISBN 0-7817-5309-0.

External links

Diagram of an indirect, scrotal inguinal hernia ( median view from the left). The external inguinal ring is labeled.

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