Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 323–325 | Cite as

A unique case of an accessory sartorius muscle

  • Jongwan Kim
  • Jae-Ho LeeEmail author
Anatomic Variations


The sartorius muscle (SM) is a long strap muscle originating from the anterior superior iliac spine and inserting onto the medial surface of the proximal tibia. It crosses the anterior compartment of the thigh obliquely and descends towards the medial aspect of the knee. We found an accessory sartorius muscle (ASM) from the inguinal ligament and an original SM bifurcated into medial and lateral heads. The ASM merged with the medial head of the SM and inserted on the medial aspect of the tibia as the pes anserinus. The lateral head of the SM continued inferiorly and inserted on the medial aspect of the patella. We report a unique variation in the morphology of the SM, and discuss its functional and clinical implications.


Accessory muscle Sartorius muscle Thigh muscle Variation 


Author contributions

KJ performed cadaver dissection and case finding. JHL made a critical review of the manuscript. Both authors have read and approved the final manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflict of interest to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnatomyKeimyung University School of MedicineDaeguRepublic of Korea

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