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Adductor canal
The femoral artery. (Canal not labeled, but region visible at center right.)
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Cross-section through the middle of the thigh (the right thigh if seen from below)
LatinCanalis adductorius
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Anatomical terminology
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The adductor canal (subsartorial or Hunter’s canal) is an aponeurotic tunnel in the middle third of the thigh, extending from the apex of the femoral triangle to the opening in the adductor magnus, the adductor hiatus.


It courses between the anterior compartment of thigh and the medial compartment of thigh, and has the following boundaries:

It is covered in by a strong aponeurosis which extends from the vastus medialis, across the femoral vessels to the adductor longus and magnus.


The canal contains the femoral artery, femoral vein, and branches of the femoral nerve (specifically, the saphenous nerve, and the nerve to the vastus medialis).[1] It consists of three foramina: superior, anterior and inferior. The femoral artery with its vein and the saphenous nerve enter this canal through the superior foramen. Then, the saphenous nerve and artery and vein of genus descendens exit through the anterior foramen, piercing the vastoadductor intermuscular septum. Finally, the femoral artery and vein exit via the inferior foramen (usually called the hiatus) through the inferior space between the oblique and medial heads of adductor magnus.[2]


The eponym Hunter’s canal is named for John Hunter.[3][4]


Additional Images

External links

* UltrasoundBlock.com

  • Anatomy photo:12:07-0103 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Anterior and Medial Thigh Region: Sartorius Muscle and the Adductor Canal"
  • Anatomy photo:12:08-0105 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Anterior and Medial Thigh Region: Structures of the Adductor Canal"

Gray's Anatomy

Anatomy atlases (external)

[1] - Anatomy Atlases


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