Superficial inguinal lymph nodes

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Lymph: Superficial inguinal lymph nodes
1. Supromedial superficial inguinal
2. Superolateral superficial inguinal
3. Inferior superficial inguinal
4. Deep inguinal lymph nodes
The superficial lymph glands and lymphatic vessels of the lower extremity.
Latin nodi lymphoidei inguinales superficiales
Gray's subject #179 702
Drains from most of perineal region
Drains to deep inguinal lymph nodes
Dorlands/Elsevier n_09/12576582

The superficial inguinal lymph nodes form a chain immediately below the inguinal ligament.

They lie along the great saphenous vein, deep to Camper's fascia and superficial to the cribriform fascia which overlies the femoral vessels.

They are found in the triangle bounded by the inguinal ligament superiorly, the border of the sartorius muscle laterally, and the adductor longus muscle medially.

There are approximately 10 superficial lymph nodes.

The superficial nodes drain to the deep inguinal lymph nodes.

Afferents received

They receive as afferents lymphatic vessels from the following:


They are divided into three groups:

  • Supramedial or Superomedial
  • Superolateral
  • Inferior

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