UAMS Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences - Fasciae and Aponeuroses of the Abdomen

Gross Anatomy


Fasciae of the Abdomen - Arranged Alphabetically

Structure Location/Description Notes
fascia, cremasteric intermediate covering layer of the spermatic cord derived from the internal abdominal oblique muscle
fascia, external spermatic outermost covering of the spermatic cord that is derived from a layer of the abdominal wall derived from the aponeurosis of the external abdominal oblique muscle
fascia, iliacus part of the transversalis fascia that covers the iliacus m. the lateral femoral cutaneous n. and the femoral n. course inferiorly in this fascial plane
fascia, internal spermatic innermost covering of the spermatic cord derived from the transversalis fascia
fascia, periureteric fascia that surrounds the ureter periureteric fascia extends inferiorly along the ureter from the renal pelvis; it attaches the ureter to the peritoneum
fascia, psoas part of the transversalis fascia that covers the psoas mm. the genital branch of the genitofemoral n. passes inferiorly within this fascial plane
fascia, quadratus lumborum part of the transversalis fascia that covers the quadratus lumborum m. the subcostal, iliohypogastric and ilioinguinal nn. course inferiorly in this fascial plane
fascia, renal a fascial pouch derived from extraperitoneal connective tissue that contains the kidneys, the suprarenal glands, the renal vessels and perirenal fat renal fascia of the right and left sides is joined across the midline in close relationship to the renal aa. and vv.; renal fascia encapsulates the inferior vena cava and aorta at the level of origin of the renal vessels; do not confuse renal fascia with the renal capsule - the renal capsule is histologically part of the kidney and there is no fat between it and the kidney
fascia, transversalis the deep fascia lining the inner surface of the abdominal wall transversalis fascia covers the inner surface of the muscles of the anterior, lateral and posterior abdominal walls; where it covers the psoas mm. it is called psoas fascia; where it covers the quadratus lumborum m. it is called quadratus lumborum fascia


Some of the material presented in these tables is contained in the book:
MedCharts Anatomy by Thomas R. Gest and Jaye Schlesinger
Published by ILOC, Inc., New York. Copyright 1995.

The content of these tables has been edited for use in this course by Patrick W. Tank, Ph.D.
Copyright 2009, Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Unauthorized use is prohibited.




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