Orthopedic Implications of the Corona Mortis: A Case Report

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Marcio A. Babinski; Claudio Pena Gonçalves; Daniel Ramallo; Lucas A. S. Pires & Rodrigo M. P. Fernandes


Corona mortis is classified as a connection between the inferior epigastric and obturator vessels over the superior pubic ramus. Its incidence varies among different studies. The corona mortis is an extremely important anatomical variation as it can be injured in a great number of procedures. Moreover, it can also be injured during pelvic or acetabular fractures. A male cadaver fixed in a 10 % formalin solution had its pelvic region dissected and an arterial corona mortis was observed on its right side. The left hemipelvis presented no variations whatsoever. This vessel was measured with the aid of a digital caliper. We aim to report this variation and address - from an orthopedic point of view – the clinical and surgical significance of the corona mortis.

KEY WORDS: Anatomical variations; Corona mortis; Orthopedic Procedures; Acetabulum; Pelvic bones.

How to cite this article

BABINSKI, M. A.; GONÇALVES, C. P.; RAMALLO, D.; PIRES, L. A. S. & FERNANDES, R. M. P. Orthopedic implications of the corona mortis: A case report. Int. J. Morphol., 36(1):31-34, 2018.