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Deep artery of the thigh

Deep artery of the thigh
The profunda femoris artery, femoral artery and their major branches - right thigh, anterior view. (Femoral profunda labeled at right center.)
Structures surrounding right hip-joint.
Latin arteria profunda femoris
Source femoral artery
Branches Lateral femoral circumflex
Medial femoral circumflex
profunda femoris vein
Anatomical terminology

The deep artery of the thigh, (profunda femoris artery or deep femoral artery) is a branch of the femoral artery that, as its name suggests, travels more deeply (posteriorly) than the rest of the femoral artery.


  • Structure 1
    • Branches 1.1
  • Additional images 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The deep artery of the thigh branches off the femoral artery soon after its origin. It travels down the thigh closer to the femur than the femoral artery, running between the pectineus and the adductor longus, and running on the posterior side of adductor longus. The deep femoral artery does not leave the thigh.


The deep artery of the thigh gives off the following branches:

Additional images

See also


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

External links

  • Profunda_femoris_deep_femoral_artery at the Duke University Health System's Orthopedics program
  • Anatomy figure: 12:04-03 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Arteries of the lower extremity shown in association with major landmarks."
  • Cross section image: pelvis/pelvis-e12-15 - Plastination Laboratory at the Medical University of Vienna
  • MedEd at Loyola grossanatomy/dissector/labs/le/ant_th_leg/main.html
  • antthigh at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (femoralart)
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