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Chemical composition of human and canine fascia lata

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The fascial system is an integral part of the musculoskeletal system. It is a three-dimensional network of connective tissue spreading ubiquitously throughout the body, surrounding muscles, bones, internal organs, nerves, vessels, and other structures. The basic biophysical properties of the fascial system are determined by its structure and chemical composition. This study aimed to determine the elemental composition of pathologically unchanged fascia lata of the thigh, collected during autopsies on humans and dogs. The wide spectrum of elements analysed included both macro and micro elements. The analyses were conducted using scanning electron microscopy with X-ray microanalysis (SEM-EDS). Concentrations of the following macro and micro elements were dermined: C, N, O, Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Ti, Fe Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn. The obtained results showed significant differences between human and canine fascia lata regarding the content of most of the examined elements (p < 0.05), except for N. These data may in future provide a starting point for the establishment of reference values for the content of various elements in normal fascial tissue and may also serve to verify the usefulness of experimental animal material as a substitute for human tissue.
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  • Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Wrocław Medical University, Wrocław, Poland
  • Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Department of Biology and Animal Breeding, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Wrocław, Poland
  • Division of Biomedical Engineering and Experimental Mechanics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Wrocław University of Technology, Wrocław, Poland
  • Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Department of Biology and Animal Breeding, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Wrocław, Poland
  • Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Department of Biology and Animal Breeding, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Wrocław, Poland
  • Institute of Electrical Power Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Wrocław University of Technology, Wrocław, Poland
  • Veterinary Clinic Brynów, Katowice, Poland
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