Cervical fascia: a terminological pain in the neck


  • A. K. Guidera MBChB, BSc; P. J. D. Dawes MBChB, FRCS; M. D. Stringer MS, FRCS.
  • Dr Alice K. Guidera is the recipient of a Foundation for Surgery Research Scholarship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a Dunedin School of Medicine Clinical Research Scholarship from the University of Otago.


Dr Alice K. Guidera, Department of Surgical Sciences, Dunedin School of Medicine, PO Box 913, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand. Email: alice_guidera@yahoo.co.uk


Although understanding the cervical fascia and its arrangement is an important part of anatomical, surgical and radiological training, it is inconsistently described in textbooks, which makes its study challenging and interdisciplinary communication confusing. This review examines the recommended textbooks for trainees of these disciplines in order to identify areas of agreement and controversy. Not only were the terms used variably between texts, but also key aspects of the anatomical descriptions associated with similar terms differed, contributing further to the confusion.