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ANA 534 T2 AAW

learning objective answers to anterior abdominal wall

What are the 3 muscle layers of the anterolateral abdominal wall - list them in order from superficial to deep External oblique, internal oblique and transversus abdominis.
What is the orientation of their fibers? External oblique are directed inferior and medially (hands-in-pockets); internal oblique go upward and medially (opposite to the externals), and the transversus abdominis are oriented transversely.
Which attach posteriorly to the lumbar fascia? The internal oblique and the transversus abdominis are attached posteriorly to the lumbar fascia.
What is the innervation of these muscle layers? Intercostal nn. (referred to a thoracoabdominal nn. as they extend from the intercostal space down into the abdominal musculature.
How does each layer of the anterior abdominal wall contribute to the formation of the rectus sheath above the level of the umbilicus? anterior sheath of rectus is composed of aponeurosis of external oblique and half aponeurosis of internal oblique; posterior sheath of rectus is composed of other half of aponeurosis of internal oblique and the aponeurosis of the transversus abdominis
What is the arcuate line? The discontinuance of the posterior sheath of the rectus - approximately the level of L2.
What forms the posterior aspect of the rectus sheath below this line? Only the fascia transversalis and peritoneum.
Where does the inferior epigastric artery arise? External iliac artery.
Where does the inferior epigastric artery run within the rectus sheath? Between the posterior sheath and posterior aspect of the rectus abdominis muscle.
How does the inferior epigastric artery pass the tendinous intersections of the rectus abdominis? The tendinous intersection of the rectus abdominis only attach to the anterior sheath of the rectus so the pathway up the posterior aspect is unimpeded.
With what vessel does the inferior epigastric artery anastomose? With the superior epigastric artery (one of the terminal br. of the internal thoracic artery).
What action results from the ipsilateral contraction of the anterolateral wall muscles? Lateral trunk flexion.
What action results from the contralateral contraction of this group? Torsion/twisting of the trunk.
Why is compression of the abdominal contents functionally important? To increase intra-abdominal pressure to facilitate defecation/micuration (urination).
Which muscles are involved in quiet inspiration? Which diameters of the thorax do the muscles increase? The intercostal mm. elevate the ribs increasing the transverse and anteroposterior diameters.
What is forced inspiration and which additional muscles are called on to act in this state? Heavy breathing due to exertion. The scalenus anterior, scalenus medius and sternocleidomastoid.
Which muscles are used in respiratory distress? Primarily the pectoralis major. The serratus anterior and pectoralis minor also participate in forced inspiration but to a more minor degree.
How do these muscles "change" their function to act in this capacity? They reverse their origin/insertions so that they pull on the rib cage rather than anchor the limbs to it.
How is expiration accomplished? Passively - through elastic recoil of the lung tissue.
Created by: wiechartm



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