Popliteal fossa mnemonic

A mnemonic to remember the Popliteal fossa is:

  • A useful mnemonic to remember popliteal fossa anatomy (medial-to-lateral arrangement) is: S erve A nd V olley N ext B all.


  • S: semimembranosus and semitendinosus (superior medial border)
  • A: artery (popliteal artery)
  • V: vein (popliteal vein)
  • N: nerve (tibial nerve)
  • B: biceps femoris (superior lateral border). The lateral and medial heads of gastrocnemius form the inferior border
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