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What are the four borders of the popliteal fossa?

- Superiomedial border = Semimembranous

- Superiolateral border = Biceps femoris

- Inferiomedial border = Medial head of the gastrocnemius

- Inferiolateral border = Lateral head of the gastrocnemius and plantaris


What is the roof and what is the floor of the popliteal fossa?

- Roof = Popliteal fascia (continuous with fascia lata) and skin

- Floor = Posterior surface of the knee joint capsule


What are the contents of the popliteal fossa? (Medial to lateral please)

- Popliteal artery

- Popliteal vein

- Tibial nerve

- Common fibular nerve


What is the most superficial of the contents of the popliteal fossa?

- Tibieal and common fibular nerves (branches of the sciatic nerve)

- Common fibular follows biceps femoris tendon


How does the small saphenous vein enter the popliteal fossa?

- Pierces the popliteal fascia of the popliteal fossa

- Drains into the popliteal vein


What is the deepest of the contents in the popliteal fossa?

Popliteal artery (continuation of the femoral artery)


What is a baker's cyst?

- Popliteal cyst

- Inflammation of the semimembranous bursa


How do baker's cysts arise? What can happen to them?

- Usually with arthritis of the knee (rheumatoid or osteo)

- Can rupture and produce symptoms similar to DVTs


What is a popliteal aneurysm?

- Dilation of the artery (increases by 50%)


What can happen as a result of a popliteal aneurysm?

- Compresses other contents

- Tibial nerve is most susceptible to compression by popliteal artery

- Damage presents as leg anesthesia/loss of function


How can a popliteal aneurysm be detected?

- Palpable pulsation in the popliteal fossa

- Abnormal arterial sounds


What are the borders of the adductor canal?

- Anterior = Sartorius

- Lateral = Vastus medialis

- Posterior = Adductor longus and adductor magnus


What marks the apex of the adductor canal?

Adductor hiatus (gap between the adductor and hamstring attachments of the adductor magnus)


What is the function of the adductor canal?

Acts as a passageway for structures passing between the anterior thigh and posterior leg


What are the contents of the adductor canal?

- Femoral artery

- Femoral vein

- Nerve to vastus medialis

- Saphenous nerve


What is an adductor canal block?

- Administration of local anaesthetic to block saphenous vein (and sometimes nerve to vastus medialis)


Why are adductor canal blocks used?

- Provide sensory anaesthesia for distal thigh/femur, knee and medial lower leg procedures


How is the saphenous nerve located?

Use sartorius and femoral artery as landmarks


What is adductor canal compression syndrome? How is it caused?

- Trapping of the nerves in the adductor canal

- Hypertrophy of adjacent muscles e.g. vastus medialis

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