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Cubital Fossa

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Anatomy of the cubital fossa. Note the relationship between the distal biceps tendon, bursa, and the adjacent neurovascular structures.[1]


  • Triangular fat filled depression on the anterior elbow
  • Often called the antecubital fossa

Anatomic Borders


  • Passageway for neurovscular bundle including:
  • Superficial Veins: Basilic vein, medial cubital vein, cephalic vein

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Clinical Significance

Anatomical Landmark for Common Procedures

  • Identify brachial pulse
  • Venupuncture
  • Instertion of IV catether
  • Creation of AV fistula

See Also


  1. Malanga, Gerard, and Kenneth Mautner. Atlas of ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal injections. McGraw-Hill, 2014.
Created by:
John Kiel on 5 September 2023 14:27:42
Last edited:
5 September 2023 14:56:32