Journal article

Evaluating anatomical research in surgery: a prospective comparison of cadaveric and living anatomical studies of the abdominal wall

Warren M Rozen, Daniel Chubb, Damien L Stella, G Ian Taylor, Mark W Ashton

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Cadaveric research has widely influenced our understanding of clinical anatomy. However, while many soft-tissue structures remain quiescent after death, other tissues, such as viscera, undergo structural and functional changes that may influence their use in predicting living anatomy. In particular, our understanding of vascular anatomy has been based upon cadaveric studies, in which vascular tone and flow do not match the living situation. METHODS: An angiographic analysis of the abdominal wall vasculature was performed using plain film and computed tomography angiography in 60 cadaveric hemi-abdominal walls (from 31 cadavers) and 140 living hemi-abdominal walls (in 70 patients)..

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