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Transverse Acetabular Ligament (Right)
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Transverse Acetabular Ligament (Right)

Ligamentum transversum acetabuli

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The transverse acetabular ligament is a relatively strong ligament. Its fibers blend with that of the ligament of the head of the femur. The fibers of the transverse acetabular ligament cross the acetabular notch, and thus, forms a foramen through which blood vessels and nerves can gain access to the hip joint. It is a continuation of the acetabular labrum, although unlike the acetabular labrum, it is devoid of cartilaginous cells (Standring, 2016).

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Collectively the ligaments of the hip joint contribute significantly to the stability, excursion, and capacity of the joint.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Hip joint effusion

—Hip fractures and dislocation

—Congenital dislocation of the hip


Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41st edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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