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Superficial inguinal lymph nodes

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

Superficial inguinal lymph nodes
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  1. Superomedial 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.
Drains from most of perineal region
Drains to deep inguinal lymph nodes
Latin nodi lymphoidei inguinales superficiales
Anatomical terminology

They lie deep to the fascia of Camper which overlies the femoral vessels at medial aspect of the thigh.

They are found in the femoral 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. Inguinal lymph nodes may normally be up to 2 cm in size.[1]

The superficial nodes drain to the deep inguinal lymph nodes.


Afferents receivedEdit

They receive lymphatic afferents from the following:


They are divided into three groups:

  • Superomedial
  • Superolateral
  • Inferior

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Assessment of lymphadenopathy". BMJ Best Practice. Retrieved 2017-03-04.  Last updated: Last updated: Feb 16, 2017

This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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