What is Renal fascia?
It refers to a protective covering around each kidney. It is also known by the names “Gerota’s fascia” and “Gerota’s capsule.”
In Latin, it is referred to as “Fascia renalis.”
Renal fascia Anatomy
It is made up of connective tissue, a type of strong fibrous tissue that can be found all through the human body. The structure is surrounded by two layers of adipose tissue, a layer below and one above it. The layers beneath it are:
- Perirenal fat, or adipose capsule of the kidney
- Renal capsule
- Parenchyma of the renal cortex
Renal fascia Location
As aforesaid, it covers both kidneys of the body. It lies external to the kidneys and acts as a superficial covering for the excretory organs.
Renal fascia Functions
It is mainly involved in securely containing the adipose layers and other forms of tissue lying under it. It also extends protection to them from organ damage as a result of collisions associated to injury.
Renal fascia Images
Know how this urinary structure looks like with the aid of these pictures.
Picture 1 – Renal fascia
Picture 2 – Renal fascia Image