Current Issues of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

The origin of the deep circum flexiliac artery in relation to the inguinal ligament in various period of human life

Current Issues in Pharmacy and Medical Sciences Vol. 26, No. 3, Pages 313-316


Department of Human Anatomy, Medical University of Lublin; Lublin, Poland

DOI: 10.12923/j.2084-980X/26.3/a.16



Morphology of the external iliac artery and its branches express great anatomical variation in humans. The aim of the study was to evaluate the level of origin of the deep circumflex iliac artery in relation to the inguinal ligament at various stages of human life. The study was conducted on 220 non-fixed cadavers of both sexes including 110 male and 110 female bodies at the age of 7 months of
intrauterine life to 82 years. Examined corpses showed no pathological abnormalities within pelvis. Three variations of the origin of deep circumflex iliac artery were observed: above, at the level, and below the inguinal ligament. In males aged up to 20 years of age the deep circumflex iliac artery mostly arose above the ligament whereas in individuals over 20 years of age the deep circumflex iliac
artery branched off below the ligament (47%). In females younger than 20 years, the artery originated mostly at the level (54%), while in older persons it originated below the ligament (57%). Variations of the origin of deep circumflex iliac artery showed no significant differences depending on the side of the body. In conclusion, the origin of the deep circumflex iliac artery differs thought
the prenatal and postnatal life in both sexes. However, in adults it is usually located below the inguinal ligament. 

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