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What makes up the roof of the popliteal fossa?

The popliteal fascia (continuous with the fascia latae)


What makes up the floor of the popliteal fossa?

Posterior surface of the knee joint capsule and the posterior surface of the femur


What are the contents of the popliteal fossa?

Medial to lateral
Popliteal artery
Popliteal vein
Tibial nerve
Common fibular nerve


What are two explanations of swelling in the popliteal fossa?

Baker's cysts (inflammation of the semimembranosus bursa, arise in conjunction with arthritis)
Aneurysm of the popliteal artery (tibial nerve is particularly susceptible to compression-leg anaesthesia and loss of leg motor function, can be detected by palpable pulsation in the fossa, with abnormal arterial sounds)


The popliteal fossa is a diamond shape depression on the posterior surface of the knee joint,
What are the four borders of the popliteal fossa?

Superiolateral: biceps femoris
Superiomedial: semimembranosus
Inferiolateral: lateral head of gastrocnemius
Inferiomedial: medial head of gastrocnemius