Perirenal fascia

The perirenal fascia is a dense, elastic connective tissue sheath that envelops each kidney and adrenal gland together with a layer of surrounding perirenal fat.

It is a multi-laminated structure which is fused posteromedially with the muscular fasciae of the psoas and quadratus lumborum muscles. It extends anterolaterally behind the kidney as a bileaved layer, which then divides into two perirenal fasciae that pass in front of and behind the kidney:

  • Gerota fascia: a thin lamina that passes around the front of the kidney and variably interleaves with the opposite anterior fascia
  • Zuckerkandl fascia: a thicker posterior fascia which continues anterolaterally as the lateroconal fascia and fuses with the parietal peritoneum
Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
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rID: 6054
Section: Anatomy
Tags: stub, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Gerota's capsule
  • Fascia of Zuckerlandl
  • Gerota capsule
  • Zuckerkandl fascia
  • Zuckerkandl's fascia

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