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|Nerve: Inferior gluteal nerve|
|Plan of sacral and pudendal plexuses. (Inferior gluteal nerve labeled at upper left.)|
|The gluteus medius and nearby muscles|
|Latin||nervus gluteus inferior|
|Gray's||subject #213 659|
|From||sacral plexus (L5–S2)|
The inferior gluteal nerve originates in the sacral plexus. It arises from the dorsal divisions of the fifth lumbar and first and second sacral nerves: it leaves the pelvis through the greater sciatic foramen, below the piriformis, and divides into branches which enter the deep surface of the gluteus maximus, And is the principle extensor of the thigh.
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lumbar plexus: iliohypogastric - ilioinguinal - genitofemoral (femoral branch/lumboinguinal, genital branch) - lateral cutaneous of thigh (patellar) - obturator (anterior, cutaneous, posterior, accessory) - femoral (anterior cutaneous branches, saphenous)
sacral/coccygeal plexus: to quadratus femoris - to obturator internus - to the piriformis - superior gluteal - inferior gluteal - posterior cutaneous of thigh (inferior cluneal, perineal branches)
sciatic: tibial (medial sural cutaneous, sural, medial calcaneal, medial plantar, lateral plantar) - common fibular (lateral sural cutaneous, deep fibular, superficial fibular, medial dorsal cutaneous, intermediate dorsal cutaneous)
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