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Fascia

Fascia
The rectus sheath, an example of a fascia.
Details
Latin fascia
Precursor mesenchyme
Identifiers
MeSH D005205
Dorlands
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f_03/12354757
Anatomical terminology

A fascia (, ; plural fasciae ; adjective fascial; from

  • Fascia Research
  • lesson1layersofbody at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)

External links

  1. ^ a b Marieb, Elaine Nicpon; Hoehn, Katja (2007). Human anatomy & physiology. Pearson Education. p. 133.  
  2. ^ Committee on Anatomical Termi, Federative. Terminologia Anatomica: International Anatomical Terminology. Thieme Stuttgart. p. 33.  
  3. ^ Skandalakis, John E.; Skandalakis, P.N.; Skandalakis, L.J.; Skandalakis, J. (2002). Surgical Anatomy and Technique, 2nd Ed. Atlanta, GA: Springer. pp. 1–2.  
  4. ^ Faller, A.; Schuenke, M. (2004). The Human Body.  
  5. ^ Schleip R „Fascia as an organ of communication“. In: Schleip R, et al. „Fascia - the tensional network of the human body“, Elsevier Ltd, Edinburgh 2012, pages 77-112.
  6. ^ PMID 24962403

References

See also

Fascia becomes important clinically when it loses stiffness, becomes too stiff or has decreased shearing ability.[6] When inflammatory fasciitis or trauma causes fibrosis and adhesions, fascial tissue fails to differentiate the adjacent structures effectively. This can happen after surgery where the fascia has been incised and healing includes a scar that traverses the surrounding structures. A fasciotomy may be used to relieve compartment syndrome as a result of high pressure within an anatomical compartment created by fascia.

Clinical significance

The function of muscle fasciae is to reduce friction of muscular force. In doing so, fasciae provide a supportive and movable wrapping for nerves and blood vessels as they pass through and between muscles.[4] Fascial tissues are frequently innervated by sensory nerve endings. These include myelinated as well as unmyelinated nerves. Based on this a proprioceptive, nociceptive as well as interoceptive function of fascia has been postulated.[5] Fascial tissues - particularly those with tendinous or aponeurotic properties - are also able to store and release kinetic energy. This is utilized in Fascia Training.

Fasciae are normally thought of as passive structures that transmit mechanical tension generated by muscular activities or external forces throughout the body.

Function

NA 1983 TA 1997 Description Example
Superficial fascia (not considered fascia in this system) This is found in the subcutis in most regions of the body, blending with the reticular layer of the dermis.[3] Fascia of Scarpa
Deep fascia Fascia of muscles This is the dense fibrous connective tissue that interpenetrates and surrounds the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body. Transverse fascia
Visceral fascia Visceral fascia, parietal fascia This suspends the organs within their cavities and wraps them in layers of connective tissue membranes. Pericardium

There exists some controversy about what structures are considered "fascia", and how fascia should be classified.[2] The two most common systems are:

Structure

Contents

  • Structure 1
  • Function 2
  • Clinical significance 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Fasciae are similar to ligaments and tendons as they have collagen as their major component. They differ in their location and function: ligaments join one bone to another bone, tendons join muscle to bone and fasciae surround muscles or other structures.

[1] located within the fascia.fibroblasts containing closely packed bundles of collagen fibers oriented in a wavy pattern parallel to the direction of pull. Fasciae are consequently flexible structures able to resist great unidirectional tension forces until the wavy pattern of fibers has been straightened out by the pulling force. These collagen fibers are produced by the fibrous connective tissue, fasciae are made up of tendons, and aponeuroses, ligaments, and by their functions and anatomical location. Like visceral and parietal fascia, deep (or muscle) fascia, superficial fascia Fasciae are classified according to their distinct layers as in [1]

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