- Anal canal
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Latin = canalis analis
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Caption = Coronal section of
rectumand anal canal.
Caption2 = Coronal section through the anal canal. B. Cavity of
urinary bladderV.D. Ductus deferens. S.V. Seminal vesicle. R. Second part of rectum. A.C. Anal canal. L.A. Levator ani. I.S. Sphincter ani internus. E.S. Sphinear ani externus.
inferior rectal artery
inferior rectal vein
superficial inguinal lymph node(below pectinate line) internal iliac lymph nodes(above line)
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The anal canal is the terminal part of the
It is situated between the
rectumand anus, below the level of the pelvic diaphragm. It lies in the anal triangleof perineumin between the right and left ischiorectal fossae.
In humans it is approximately 2.5 to 4 cm long, extending from the anorectal junction to the
anus. It is directed downwards and backwards. It is surrounded by inner involuntary and outer voluntary sphincters which keep the lumen closed in the form of an anteroposterior slit.
It is differentiated from the rectum by the transition of the internal surface from
endodermalto skinlike ectodermaltissue.
The anal canal is divided into two halves, upper and lower. The upper half has longitudinal folds or elevations of tunica mucosa. Its mucosa is lined by simple columnar epithelium. Its lower ends are joined together by folds of mucus membrane called anal valves. The upper half of the anal canal is supplied by the superior rectal artery which is a branch of the inferior mesenteric artery.
The lower half of the anal canal is lined by stratified squamous epithelium that blends with the skin.
A whitish line called Hilton's white line indicates the junction between simple columnar epithelium and stratified squamous epithelium.
* - "The rectum and anal canal in the male pelvis."
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