Lecture Notes - Inguinal Region

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Descent of Gonads (Ovary & Testis); develop and migrate retroperitoneally:

Gubernaculum: a ligamentous structure that runs between the lower pole of each gonad to each labial/scrotal fold. In the female it becomes the round ligament

Ovary: reaches and remains at the pelvis by the 3rd month.
Definitive ovary: reaches deep pelvis trailing its vessels & nerves.

Testis: Patent processus vaginalis predisposes to congenital inguinal hernia.

Coverings of the Spermatic Cord:
  1. external spermatic fascia: derived from Ext. Oblique fascia
  2. cremaster muscle and fascia: derived from Int. oblique muscle and fascia.
  3. Internal spermatic fascia: derived from transversalis fascia.
Components of the spermatic cord:
  1. ductus deferens
  2. testicular artery
  3. artery of the ductus deferens
  4. pampiniform plexus of veins
  5. nerves (autonomic) and lymphatics
  6. genital branch of genitofemoral nerve
Inguinal Canal: a diagonal passage formed by the aponeuroses of the three flat abdominal muscles.

Contents of Inguinal Canal Boundaries:
  1. Superficial inguinal ring: triangular defect in the ext. oblique aponeurosis
  2. Deep inguinal ring: in the transversalis fascia.
  3. Anterior wall: int.oblique muscle (laterally) and external oblique aponeurosis (medially).
  4. Roof: falx inguinalis (arching inferior fibers of internal oblique muscle)
  5. Floor: inguinal ligament and lacunar ligament (medially)
  6. Posterior wall: transversalis fascia (weak fascia) laterally and conjoint tendon (medially)
Boundaries of Inguinal Triangle (of Hesselbach):
  1. Medially: lateral edge of rectus abdominis (linea semilunaris)
  2. Laterally: inferior epigastric artery
  3. Inferiorly: inguinal ligament
Abdominal Wall Hernias:
  1. Inguinal: hernia passes through the inguinal canal for a variable distance and exits through the ext.inguinal ring.
    • Indirect:
      • Congenital; through patent processus vaginalis
      • Acquired: passes through deep inguinal ring initially, i.e lateral to the inferior epigastric artery and exits through the superficial ring.
    • Direct: passes medial to the inferior epigastric artery (in the inguinal triangle) and may pass through the superficial inguinal ring.
  2. Femoral: below inguinal ligament.
  3. Obturator
  4. Other: umbilical; lumbar; incisional; hiatal; etc.