The inguinal ligament is often incorrectly referred to as a Fallopian ligament or Poupart's ligament. The physician Poupart famously noted that this particular ligament was essential to the structure of the abdomen, especially for hernia patients. For this reason, the ligament is often associated with Poupart. This often misnamed ligament forms a band that runs from the anterior superior iliac spine to the pubis area of the spine. It serves purpose as a base to the inguinal canal, where indirect hernias can develop. Both direct and indirect inguinal hernias are one of the most commonly occurring hernias, especially in men. Men carry a 27 percent chance of an inginal hernia during their lifetimes. The ligaments in the inguinal section of the abdomen provide vital support during hernia operations. The function of the inguinal ligament is to protect the constantly moving tissues in the trunk and lower extremities of the body. Along with the adductor longus muscle and the sartorius muscle, this ligament forms the femoral triangle in the human thigh.
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