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J Anat. 1990 Oct;172:69-79.

Fine vascular anatomy of adult rabbit knee ligaments.

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Joint Injury and Diseases Research Group, University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Alberta, Canada.

Abstract

The microvascular anatomy of discrete knee ligaments in adult rabbits is described. Epiligamentous plexuses give rise to a limited number of vessels which penetrate deeply into ligament substance. Intraligamentous vessels are usually longitudinally orientated, widely separated linear anastomoses but occasionally complex glomus-like configurations are present. The significance of these findings is discussed in relation to other articular connective tissues and to the possible roles of the intraligamentous microvasculature.

PMID:
2272910
PMCID:
PMC1257204
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