Subcutaneous tissue layer of abdominal wall - Camper's and Scarpa's fascia

By O. P. Gobée, dept. of Anatomy and Embryology, Leiden University Medical Center , Last updated 5 March 2018

 

Subcutaneous tissue layer of the abdomen

Directly deep to the skin of the abdomen is a subcutaneous tissue layer of varying thickness. It consists of two to three layers:

  • a superficial fatty layer, also named Camper's fascia
  • a membranous deep layer, also named Scarpa's fascia. It can be mainly found below the umbilicus.
  • another fatty layer*, deep to the membraneous layer

*(Gray's Anatomy 41st ed.).
 

 

Camper's and Scarpa's fascia

By By Dr. David Morton, Univ. of Utah.
This is a short fragment showing Camper's and Scarpa's fascia in a drawing.
(00m33s) 

Some terms in the video may also be known under other terms:

  • hypodermis = subcutaneous tissue

This video is a fragment of a longer video about the anterior abdominal wall.

 
 

Camper's fascia in reality

By Prof. M. DeRuiter, Leiden University Medical Center
This video shows a close-up of the fatty layer of the subcutaneous tissue of the abdomen, Camper's fascia.
(00m30s) 

This video is a fragment of a longer video about the superficial abdominal wall.

 

Scarpa's fascia in reality

By Prof. M. DeRuiter, Leiden University Medical Center
A very short fragment giving an impression of the subcutaneous tissue of the abdomen, Scarpa's fascia.
(00m09s) 

This video is a fragment of a longer video about the superficial abdominal wall.

 

Read more...
Dissection of superficial fascia layer

Despite some particular personal views of the author, that might not appeal to everybody, the video 'Dissection of superficial fascia layer' by Gil Hedley at his website presents interesting dissection views of the superficial subcutaneous layer. It's a very long video (over an hour!), but some specific moments of interest are: 

  • 22m30s Superficial layer of subcutaneous abdominal tissue - Camper's fascia
  • 26m40s Membranous (deep) layer of subcutaneous abdominal tissue - Scarpa's fascia
  • 57m27s A specimen of the complete body superficial fascia demonstrates its contribution to the body shape.

(1h07m40s)

 


 


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Fascia investiens intermedia abdominis
Stratum membranosum telae subcutaneae abdominis
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Anatomical structures in item
Fascia abdominis
Fascia investiens intermedia abdominis
Stratum membranosum telae subcutaneae abdominis
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