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Anterior Layer of Renal Fascia (Left)
Connective Tissue

Anterior Layer of Renal Fascia (Left)

Lamina anterior fasciae renalis

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The anterior layer of renal fascia is the layer of fascia that forms the anterior margin of the perirenal space. It extends superiorly to bound the anterior of the adrenal gland as well as inferiorly along with the ureter.

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Anatomical Relations

The anterior layer of renal fascia separates the perirenal space posteriorly from the anterior portions of the retroperitoneum which are found anteriorly. Inferiorly, the anterior perirenal fascia follows the ureters down into the pelvic cavity. Superiorly, it blends together with the posterior perirenal fascia briefly before splitting to run up anteriorly along the adrenal glands. Laterally, the anterior and posterior perirenal fascia are continuous with each other merging with the lateroconal fascia in the colonic gutter. Medially, the anterior perirenal fascia can run across the midline anterior to the aorta and inferior vena cava and merge with the anterior perirenal fascia of the opposite side (Mirilas and Skandalakis, 2009; Standring, 2016).


The anterior layer of renal fascia forms the anterior wall of the perirenal space. It, together with the posterior layer of renal fascia, encompasses the kidneys, adrenal glands, and ureters.


Mirilas, P. and Skandalakis, J. E. (2009) 'Surgical anatomy of the retroperitoneal spaces--part I: embryogenesis and anatomy', Am Surg, 75(11), pp. 1091-7.

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

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A fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves.

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