Review Questions

  1. Describe the muscles, blood supply, lymphatic drainage and sensory innervation of the anterior abdominal wall

  2. Discuss the formation and contents of the inguinal canal. Add notes on the distinction between direct and indirect inguinal hernias. List six structures that must be safeguarded during hernial repair

  3. Describe the formation and contents of the rectus sheath

  4. Outline the general organization of the superficial fascia of the anterior abdominal wall, and the perineum. Add clinical notes on the implication of this organization

  5. Describe in detail the pattern and clinical significance of the blood supply of the anterior abdominal wall.

  6. State the advantages and disadvantages of the various incisions in the anterior abdominal wall.

Anterior Abdominal Wall and the Peritoneum