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Boundaries of the Inguinal Triangle (also called Hesselbach Triangle) can be remembered easily with this mnemonic

R = lateral border of the rectus abdominis makes the medial border of the triangle
I = Inferior epigastric vessels making the superolateral border of the triangle
P = Inguinal ligament (also called Poupart's ligament)

This will help us remember that the direct inguinal hernia rip through the triangle

Here's a grey's anatomy illustration

Jaw Triangle Rectangle Font Slope
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Note that in the illustration we also see the femoral ring below the inguinal ligament bound medially by the lacunar ligament (see related thread).

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need that for my upcoming anatomy exam, thats a good one , because not all of them will say " it rips through" etc. so you just learn the mneumonic but sometimes you forget what it is connected to.
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