Ligamentum teres of the hip

The ligamentum teres is located within the hip joint and is of dubious structural significance in the adult. It ranges from a well-formed structure in some to not being visualized in others. In the infant, it has a significant role so far as it transmits a nutrient artery to the femoral head epiphysis. The ligament passes from the transverse ligament and acetabular notch of the acetabulum to the femoral head where it inserts into a shallow depression called the fovea capitis. The ligament is lined by synovium.

Anatomy: Lower limb

Anatomy: Lower limb

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rID: 7297
Section: Anatomy
Tag: hip
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