Cribriform fascia

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Cribriform fascia
The great saphenous vein and its tributaries at the saphenous opening
Latin fascia cribrosa
TA A04.7.03.020
FMA 58735
Anatomical terminology

The cribriform fascia, fascia cribrosa also Hesselbach's fascia is the portion of fascia covering the saphenous opening in the thigh. It is perforated by the great saphenous vein and by numerous blood and lymphatic vessels. (A structure in anatomy that is pierced by several small holes is referred to as cribriform from Latin cribrum meaning sieve).[1]

Clinical significance[edit]

The cribriform fascia has been proposed for use in preventing new vascularization when surgery is performed at the join between the great saphenous vein and the femoral vein.[2]


When the eponym is used, it is named for Franz Kaspar Hesselbach.[3][4]


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. ^ O.D.E. 2nd edition 2005
  2. ^ De Maeseneer, MG; Philipsen, TE; Vandenbroeck, CP; Lauwers, PR; Hendriks, JM; De Hert, SG; Van Schil, PE (2007). "Closure of the cribriform fascia: an efficient anatomical barrier against postoperative neovascularisation at the saphenofemoral junction? A prospective study". European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. 34 (3): 361–6. PMID 17513142. doi:10.1016/j.ejvs.2007.03.020. 
  3. ^ synd/3213 at Who Named It?
  4. ^ F. K. Hesselbach. Anatomisch-chirurgische Abhandlung über den Urspurng der Leistenbrüche. Würzburg, Baumgärtner, 1806.