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April 16, 1932

A Description of the Planes of Fascia of the Human Body with Special Reference to the Fascia of the Abdomen, Pelvis and Perineum.

JAMA. 1932;98(16):1404. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730420062035

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This description is based on actual dissection of a fairly large number of male and female bodies. The author believes that many of the fascial planes are inadequately described in the current books on anatomy. This is particularly evident in the fascia of the abdomen and pelvis. In this description, the continuity of fascial planes is stressed. An attempt is made to make clear that the planes of fascia in one region of the body are directly continuous with the same planes of fascia in other regions. The description is at first general, then systemic, and then regional. The planes of fascia are defined as apart from those coverings of various structures such as muscles, tendons, bursae, vessels, ligaments, joints and bones. Two large systems of fascia occur, one subcutaneous and the other subserous. To a large extent these are separate, although they fuse in certain localities, as the pelvis,