Full Lateral Circumflex Femoral Artery Description
[Continued from above] . . . branch passes over to the side of the hip, and joins a network with the end branches of the superior gluteal and deep iliac circumflex arteries. The descending branch courses downward behind the rectus femoris, and one long branch descends as far as the knee, where it joins an aspect of the popliteal artery. A branch of the femoral nerves accompanies it. The transverse branch is the smallest branch, but it is often absent. It winds around the femur and connects a network of vessels and nerves on the back of the thigh. The corresponding veins parallel the paths of the arteries of the same name.