Lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh
|Nerve: Lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh|
|Plan of lumbar plexus. (Lateral femoral cutaneous visible at left.)|
|Cutaneous nerves of right lower extremity. Front view.|
|Latin||nervus cutaneus femoralis lateralis|
|Gray's||subject #212 953|
|Innervates||Skin on the lateral part of the thigh|
|From||lumbar plexus (L2–L3)|
The lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh is a nerve of the lumbar plexus. It arises from the dorsal divisions of the second and third lumbar nerves. It emerges from the lateral border of the psoas major at about its middle, and crosses the iliacus muscle obliquely, toward the anterior superior iliac spine. It then passes under the inguinal ligament and over the sartorius muscle into the thigh, where it divides into an anterior and a posterior branch.
The anterior branch becomes superficial about 10 cm below the inguinal ligament, and divides into branches which are distributed to the skin of the anterior and lateral parts of the thigh, as far as the knee. The terminal filaments of this nerve frequently communicate with the anterior cutaneous branches of the femoral nerve, and with the infrapatellar branch of the saphenous nerve, forming with them the patellar plexus.
The posterior branch pierces the fascia lata, and subdivides into filaments which pass backward across the lateral and posterior surfaces of the thigh, supplying the skin from the level of the greater trochanter to the middle of the thigh.
Lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh and other structures passing behind the inguinal ligament
Diagram of segmental distribution of the lateral cutaneous nerve (shaded) and other nerves of the right leg. Front view.
- Duke Orthopedics lateral_femoral_cutaneous_nerve
- Lateral+cutaneous+nerve+of+thigh at eMedicine Dictionary
- SUNY Labs 40:17-0201 - "Posterior Abdominal Wall: Nerves of the Lumbar Plexus"
- Anatomy at MUN nerve/lumbnerv
- Norman/Georgetown posteriorabdomen (posteriorabdmus&nerves)
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