Tendinous Arch of Pelvic Fascia

At the level of a line extending from the lower part of the pubic symphysis to the spine of the ischium is a thickened whitish band in this upper layer of the diaphragmatic part of the pelvic fascia. It is termed the tendinous arch or white line of the pelvic fascia, and marks the line of attachment of the special fascia (pars endopelvina fasciæ pelvis) which is associated with the pelvic viscera. It joins the fascia of the pubocervical fascia that covers the anterior wall of the vagina. If this fascia falls, the ipsilateral side of the vagina falls, carrying with it the bladder and the urethra, and thus contributing to urinary incontinence.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.

List of muscles of abdominopelvic cavity (TA A04.5, GA 4.408)

Abdominal external oblique · Transversus abdominis/Conjoint tendon · Rectus sheath (rectus abdominis, pyramidalis) · Arcuate line · Tendinous intersection

Cremaster · Abdominal internal oblique

Fascia/abdominal fascia: panniculus adiposus (Fascia of Camper) · stratum membranosum (Fascia of Scarpa) · Transversalis fascia (Interfoveolar ligament)

Linea alba · Linea semilunaris · Inguinal triangle

Inguinal canal (Deep inguinal ring, Superficial inguinal ring, Intercrural fibers, Crura of superficial inguinal ring)

Inguinal ligament (Pectineal ligament, Lacunar ligament, Reflected ligament)
Muscle quadratus lumborum · psoas major/psoas minor · iliacus
Fascia iliopsoas fascia (Iliac fascia/Iliopectineal arch)
Muscle levator ani (iliococcygeus, pubococcygeus, puborectalis) · coccygeus

fascia/pelvic fascia visceral (Rectovaginal fascia, Rectoprostatic fascia) · parietal (Obturator fascia/Tendinous arch, Piriformis fascia)

floor/diaphragm: Superior fascia of pelvic diaphragm (Pubovesical ligament, Puboprostatic ligament) · Inferior fascia of pelvic diaphragm

Anococcygeal body


anat (h/n, u, t/d, a/p, l)/phys/devp/hist

noco (m, s, c)/cong (d)/tumr, sysi/epon, injr

proc, drug (M1A/3)

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