Skip to main content

Unfortunately we don't fully support your browser. If you have the option to, please upgrade to a newer version or use Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari 14 or newer. If you are unable to, and need support, please send us your feedback.

Elsevier
Publish with us
Parotid Fascia
Connective Tissue

Parotid Fascia

Fascia parotidea

Read more

Structure

The parotid fascia is a fibrous layer of dense connective tissue surrounding the parotid gland and associated duct, thus covering the facial nerve also. Posteriorly, this fascia is continuous with the deep cervical fascia of the neck. There is an anterior extension of the fascia at the inferior border of the gland which extends superiorly as far as the zygomatic arch where it attaches (Standring, 2016).

Complete Anatomy
The world's most advanced 3D anatomy platform
Try it for Free
Related parts of the anatomy

Anatomical Relations

Anteriorly, the parotid fascia is in direct contact with the parotid gland, from the angle of the mandible to the zygomatic arch. Posteriorly it covers the deep lobe of the gland, from its inferior border as far as the stylomandibular ligament.

Function

The parotid fascia protects the parotid gland. It also aids in anchoring the risorius muscle posteriorly.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Parotitis

References

Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice, 41st ed. Elsevier Limited.

Learn more about this topic from other Elsevier products

Fascia

ScienceDirect image

The fascia is also defined as a “the fascial system consists of the three-dimensional continuum of soft, collagen containing, loose and dense fibrous connective tissues that permeate the body” by Fascia Nomenclature Committee (Bordoni and Whitte, 2018), an as “masses of connective tissue large enough to be visible to the unaided eye” by Gray’s Anatomy (Standring, 2016).

Explore on ScienceDirect(opens in new tab/window)

Complete Anatomy

The world's most advanced 3D anatomy platform

Complete Anatomy