Profunda femoris artery
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The profunda femoris artery (also known as the deep femoral artery, or the deep artery of the thigh) is a branch of the femoral artery that, as its name suggests, travels more deeply (posteriorly) than the rest of the femoral artery.
The profunda femoris 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 profunda femoris gives off the following branches:
- Lateral femoral circumflex artery
- Medial femoral circumflex artery
- Perforating arteries - perforate the adductor magnus muscle to the posterior and lateral compartments of the thigh.
Cross-section through the middle of the thigh.
- Template:SUNYAnatomyFigs - "Arteries of the lower extremity shown in association with major landmarks."