A study of the human fascia lata and its relationships to the extensor mechanism of the knee

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dc.contributor.author Fourie, Willem Jacobus
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-12T07:37:15Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-12T07:37:15Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/10542
dc.description Thesis (M.Sc.), Faculty of Science, University of the Witwatersrand, 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract General descriptions of the fascia lata as a structure could be found in all major anatomy textbooks. However, there is a paucity of information on the fascia lata and its surrounding structures in scientific literature. This study investigates how fascia and muscle relate in the extensor compartment of the thigh – i.e. as the muscle epimysium or as a separate fascial layer. Using detailed dissections of ten cadaver lower limbs and axial Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Ultrasonography in four volunteers, findings were compared to correlate all observed features. Results highlighted anatomical aspects and relationships not previously documented. The fascia lata demonstrated a single, epimysial relationship to the tensor fascia lata, upper sartorius and parts of the vastus medialis muscles, while forming a separate fascial layer over the lower sartorius, rectus femoris and vastus lateralis muscles. Findings suggest the fascia lata may function as more than containment of musculature and allude to functional implications for surgery and rehabilitation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject biophysics en_US
dc.subject human anatomy en_US
dc.title A study of the human fascia lata and its relationships to the extensor mechanism of the knee en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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