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Published online: 2003-06-09
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Transverse ligament of the knee in humans

Wojciech Ratajczak, Marian Jakubowicz, Andrzej Pytel
Folia Morphol 2003;62(3):293-295.

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Vol 62, No 3 (2003)
Short Communications
Published online: 2003-06-09
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to trace the histological structure of the transverse ligament of the knee and its relation to the inferior lateral genicular artery. Investigations were carried out on 20 lower limbs (10 males, and 10 females) from the Department of Anatomy.
It was found that close to the attachment of the transverse ligament to the menisci, bundles of fibres pass in vertical, oblique and horizontal directions, occupying a wide area on the anterior margin of the menisci. These fibres intermingle with bundles of the fibrocartilage of the menisci. In the area of the lateral attachment the inferior lateral genicular artery passes anteriorly to the transverse ligament, giving off numerous branches to the ligament. The medial part of the transverse ligament presents a thick rounded structure, surrounded by loose connective tissue. The fibres are arranged irregularly in bundles running horizontally on a tortuous course and with single spindle-like cells with darkly stained nuclei. The cells are not found at the ends of the ligament. Numerous blood vessels are observed between the bundles of fibres and on the periphery of the ligament.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to trace the histological structure of the transverse ligament of the knee and its relation to the inferior lateral genicular artery. Investigations were carried out on 20 lower limbs (10 males, and 10 females) from the Department of Anatomy.
It was found that close to the attachment of the transverse ligament to the menisci, bundles of fibres pass in vertical, oblique and horizontal directions, occupying a wide area on the anterior margin of the menisci. These fibres intermingle with bundles of the fibrocartilage of the menisci. In the area of the lateral attachment the inferior lateral genicular artery passes anteriorly to the transverse ligament, giving off numerous branches to the ligament. The medial part of the transverse ligament presents a thick rounded structure, surrounded by loose connective tissue. The fibres are arranged irregularly in bundles running horizontally on a tortuous course and with single spindle-like cells with darkly stained nuclei. The cells are not found at the ends of the ligament. Numerous blood vessels are observed between the bundles of fibres and on the periphery of the ligament.
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Keywords

knee joint; transverse ligament

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Title

Transverse ligament of the knee in humans

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 62, No 3 (2003)

Pages

293-295

Published online

2003-06-09

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2003;62(3):293-295.

Keywords

knee joint
transverse ligament

Authors

Wojciech Ratajczak
Marian Jakubowicz
Andrzej Pytel

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