The Iliopubic Tract is a fibrous band running parallel and posterior to the inguinal ligament which looks like the thickened inferior margin of the fascia transversalis. The iliopubic tract is observed in place of the inguinal ligament, when viewed from the posterior aspect.


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Ilium
Inguinal ligament
iliolumbar ligament
Pubis
Ischium
Obturator Membrane
iliofemoral ligament
Pubofemoral Ligament
Sacrum
sacrospinous ligament
Posterior sacroiliac ligament
Anterior Sacroiliac ligament
Vertebra
Intervertebral disc
Femur
Perineal Membrane
Ischiogluteal Bursa
Pubic Symphysis
Greater Trochanteric Bursa

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Ilium
Inguinal ligament
iliolumbar ligament
Pubis
Ischium
Obturator Membrane
iliofemoral ligament
Pubofemoral Ligament
Sacrum
sacrospinous ligament

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Posterior sacroiliac ligament
Anterior Sacroiliac ligament
Vertebra
Intervertebral disc
Femur
Perineal Membrane
Ischiogluteal Bursa
Pubic Symphysis
Greater Trochanteric Bursa
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ilium
Ischium
Pubis
Sacrum
Coccyx
Pubic symphysis
Femur
linea alba

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ilium
Ischium
Pubis
Sacrum

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Coccyx
Pubic symphysis
Femur
linea alba

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According to Fruchaud, the inguinal ligament and iliopubic tract span a congenital area of weakness in the inguinal region.

Clinical Significance of Iliopubic Tract

This odd structure has actually been brought up to light since it is among the physiological landmarks used in laparoscopic herniorrhaphy. When protecting a mesh to enhance the posterior abdominal wall, as well as avoid mesh migration, the surgeon will put stitches, tacks, or staples in this structure. Given that the iliopubic system (posteriorly) and the inguinal ligament (anteriorly) are so close together, they are both protected when doing this treatment.

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