The gliding tissue that covers the distal fascia of the tensor fascia lata (TFL) is sufficiently vascularized to be used as a free graft. It consists of loose areolar tissue and fat. Because of its gliding properties it is used to provide the functions of a bursa, e.g., elbow, knee, and of mucosal sheets, e.g., ankle. This gliding tissue provides an ideal cover for nerves which must move in mobile areas.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 1, 2002
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