|Nerve: Obturator nerve|
|Structures surrounding right hip-joint. (Obturator nerve labeled at upper right.)|
|Nerves of the right lower extremity. Front view.|
|Gray's||subject #212 953|
|Innervates||medial compartment of thigh|
|To||posterior branch of obturator nerve, anterior branch of obturator nerve|
The obturator nerve arises from the ventral divisions of the second, third, and fourth lumbar nerves; the branch from the third is the largest, while that from the second is often very small.
It descends through the fibers of the Psoas major, and emerges from its medial border near the brim of the pelvis; it then passes behind the common iliac vessels, and on the lateral side of the hypogastric vessels and ureter, which separate it from the ureter, and runs along the lateral wall of the lesser pelvis, above and in front of the obturator vessels, to the upper part of the obturator foramen.
Here it enters the thigh, through the obturator canal, and divides into an anterior and a posterior branch, which are separated at first by some of the fibers of the Obturator externus, and lower down by the Adductor brevis.
The Obturator nerve is responsible for the sensory innervation of the skin of the medial aspect of the thigh, and the motor innervation of the adductor muscles of the lower extremity (external obturator, pectineus, adductor longus, adductor brevis, adductor magnus, gracilis)
- Articular branch
- Anterior branch of obturator nerve
- Posterior branch of obturator nerve
- cutaneous branch of the obturator nerve
- Duke Orthopedics obturator_nerve
- SUNY Labs 12:st-0602
- Cross section at UV pelvis/pelvis-female-17
- Anatomy at MUN nerve/lumbnerv
- Norman/Georgetown posteriorabdomen (posteriorabdmus&nerves)
- Image at UWash
- cutaneous field at neuroguide.com
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