Pectineal ligament

The pectineal ligament, sometimes known as the inguinal ligament of Cooper, is an extension of the lacunar ligament. It runs on the pectineal line of the pubic bone. The pectineal ligament is the posterior border of the femoral ring.

Pectineal ligament
The inguinal and lacunar ligaments.
Fromlacunar ligament
Topectineal line
Latinligamentum pectineum
Anatomical terminology

Clinical significanceEdit

The pectineal ligament is strong, and holds suture well.[citation needed] This facilitates reconstruction of the floor of the inguinal canal.[citation needed] A variant of non-prosthetic inguinal hernia repair, first used by Georg Lotheissen in Austria, now bears his name.[citation needed]


The pectineal ligament was characterized by Astley Cooper in 1804.[1][2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Faure JP, Hauet T, Scepi M, Chansigaud JP, Kamina P, Richer JP (2001). "The pectineal ligament: anatomical study and surgical applications". Surg Radiol Anat. 23 (4): 237–42. doi:10.1007/s00276-001-0237-1. PMID 11694967.
  2. ^ Cooper, A. The Anatomy and Surgical Treatment of Internal and Congenital Hernia." London. 1804

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