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Acta Orthop Scand. 1992 Apr;63(2):195-7.

Sensory innervation of human thoracolumbar fascia. An immunohistochemical study.

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  • 1Biomedical Engineering Institute, Ecole Polytechnique, Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, Qc, Canada.


We have studied the human thoracolumbar fascia by using antiserum against neurofilament protein (NFP) and S-100 protein to identify sensory nerve fibers and their endings. Seven surgical specimens from 7 patients were studied with light microscopy. In addition to free nerve endings, two types of encapsulated mechanoreceptors (Ruffini's and Vater-Pacini corpuscles) were identified. These findings support the hypothesis that the thoracolumbar fascia may play a neurosensory role in the lumbar spine mechanism.

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