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Parotid-Masseteric Fascia (Left)
Connective Tissue

Parotid-Masseteric Fascia (Left)

Fascia parotideamasseterica

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Description

The parotid-masseteric fascia is the collective name for fascia encapsulating the parotid gland and covering the masseteric muscle. Attached superiorly to the inferior border of the zygomatic arch and traveling inferiorly both superficially and deep to the parotid gland, this loose connective tissue is a continuation of the temporal fascia. It extends inferiorly as far as the angle of the mandible and anteriorly to cover the masseter muscle, where it blends with the epimysium on the surface of buccinator muscle. It is continuous with the superficial investing cervical fascia.

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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).

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