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The fascial organ 

The fascial organ
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The fascial organ
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Thomas Findley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199674107.003.0018
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date: 09 April 2020

Is fascia an organ? An organ system is a group of anatomical structures that work together to perform a specific function or task. Recognized organ systems are circulatory, digestive, endocrine/immune, integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, and urinary. Does that mean that there must be agreement on the function of fascia in order for it to rise to the level of organ or organ system? Or can a structural definition be taken? Is fascia the mechanotransduction system, a body-wide signalling system? Is it part of connective tissues, which also include bone, blood, fat, and cartilage? It certainly does consist of cells of mesodermal origin, embedded in an extracellular matrix. However, as the recent explosion of articles, books, and conferences attest, many people are of the firm opinion that it is more than just a mass of individual cells and fibres.

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