Fascia cribrosa

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Fascia cribrosa
The great saphenous vein and its tributaries at the fossa ovalis.
Latin fascia cribrosa
Gray's p.468
Anatomical terminology

The portion of fascia covering the fossa ovalis in the thigh is perforated by the great saphenous vein and by numerous blood and lymphatic vessels, hence it has been termed the fascia cribrosa (Hesselbach's or cribriform fascia), the openings for these vessels having been likened to the holes in a sieve.

Clinical significance[edit]

It has been proposed for use in preventing new vascularization when surgery is performed at the joint between the great saphenous vein and the femoral vein.[1]


When the eponym is used, it is named for Franz Kaspar Hesselbach.[2][3]


  1. ^ De Maeseneer MG, Philipsen TE, Vandenbroeck CP, et al. (2007). "Closure of the cribriform fascia: an efficient anatomical barrier against postoperative neovascularisation at the saphenofemoral junction? A prospective study". Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 34 (3): 361–6. doi:10.1016/j.ejvs.2007.03.020. PMID 17513142. 
  2. ^ synd/3213 at Who Named It?
  3. ^ F. K. Hesselbach. Anatomisch-chirurgische Abhandlung über den Urspurng der Leistenbrüche. Würzburg, Baumgärtner, 1806.

This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.