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  • William E. Leigh III

Fasciae anatomy

Within the last two decades, the fasciae and their properties have gained central importance to clinicians practicing in various conventional and alternative therapies and the fascial tissue is actually the subject of a wide range of scientific research with many specializations. The results from the worldwide research activities constitute a body of significant and important data, but this clinical interest is not supported by in-depth anatomical studies. Indeed for many years the fasciae have been considered by the anatomists only as a “white envelope for the muscles”, and very little attention has been given to their macroscopic and histological anatomy. In anatomic displays the fascia is generally removed, so the viewer can see the organs, nerves and vessels but fails to appreciate the fascia which connects, and separates, these structures. It is probably for this reason that different descriptions of the fasciae exist in the literature and various terms are presently used to define the same structure. Furthermore, often in the same textbook, the same terminology can be used with clearly different meanings. As anatomists, clinical anatomists and clinicians, we have clearly often forgotten the “envelop” that surrounds the tissues and organs we study, teach and describe, or care. The aim of this issue of Surgical and Radiological Anatomy especially devoted to the topic “fasciae” is to find some answers to several rather specific questions concerning fascial anatomy:


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