Endomysium

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Endomysium
Illu muscle structure.jpg
Structure of a skeletal muscle. (Endomysium labeled at bottom center.)
Gray's p.373
Code TH H3.03.00.0.00004

The endomysium, meaning within the muscle, is a wispy layer of areolar connective tissue that ensheaths each individual muscle fiber. It also contains capillaries and nerves. It overlies the muscle fiber's cell membrane: the sarcolemma.

The term cardiac skeleton is sometimes considered synonymous with endomysium[clarification needed], but sometimes cardiac skeleton refers to the combination of the endomysium and perimysium.

Anti-endomysial antibodies (EMA) are present in celiac disease. They do not cause any direct symptoms to muscles, but detection of EMA is useful in the diagnosis of the disease.[1]

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  1. ^ Pruessner HT (March 1998). "Detecting celiac disease in your patients". Am Fam Physician 57 (5): 1023–34, 1039–41. PMID 9518950. 

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