Popliteal fossa

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Popliteal fossa
Lateral aspect of right leg.
Latin fossa poplitea
Gray's subject #158 631
Dorlands/Elsevier f_14/12376523

The popliteal fossa is a space or shallow depression located at the back of the knee-joint.

The bones of the popliteal fossa are the femur and the tibia.


The boundaries of the fossa are:

superior and medial:
the semitendinosus muscle (semimembranosus is medial to the semitendinosus.)
superior and lateral:
the biceps femoris muscle
inferior and medial:
the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle
inferior and lateral:
the lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle


The popliteal fossa houses:

The roof contains a portion of the small saphenous vein and posterior cutaneous nerve of the thigh.

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