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Superficial External Pudendal Artery
Cardiovascular System

Superficial External Pudendal Artery

Arteria pudendalis externa superficialis

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Quick Facts

Origin: Femoral artery.

Course: Travels medially from femoral artery.

Branches: Anastomosis with internal pudendal artery.

Supplied Structures: Skin of abdomen and external genitalia.

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The superficial external pudendal artery arises from the medial surface of the proximal third of the femoral artery.


From its origin, the artery travels medially, pierces the cribriform fascia (part of the superficial fascia of the thigh covering the saphenous opening) and travels anterior to the spermatic cord in males or the round ligament of uterus in females to reach the external genitalia.


There are no named branches; however, the superficial external pudendal artery anastomosis with the internal pudendal artery.

Supplied Structures

The superficial external pudendal artery supplies the skin of the inguinal region and external genitalia.

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