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Laboratory 15. The Leg
Step 14. Nerves and Vessels of the Deep Compartment of the Leg

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Retract the deep group of muscles of the posterior compartment and identify the arteries of this compartment. The popliteal artery [probe; retractor holds the tibial nerve] ends at the inferior border of the popliteus muscle by dividing into the anterior and posterior tibial arteries.

The anterior tibial artery [probe; retractor holds the tibial nerve, tibial vein, and plantaris tendon] passes anteriorly through the interosseous membrane [the tip of the probe passes into the opening of the interosseous membrane] to reach the anterior compartment of the leg. Its course and branches are described in Step 5.

Links and References:
Grant's: 5.6, 5.96, and 5.99
Netter (1ed.): 481 and 487 (2ed.): 477 and 483
Rohen/Yokochi: 440, 460, and 461