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Periosteum

The periosteum is a fibrous sheath that covers bones. It contains the blood vessels and nerves that provide nourishment and sensation to the bone. The periosteum tends to be thicker in younger people. The thickness decreases when the bones are mature. The periosteum also allows bone to grow and remodel after fracture.

References

Silverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR. Common issues in orthopedics. In: Rakel RE, Rakel DP, eds. Textbook of Family Medicine. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 30.

Standring S. Functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system. In: Standring S, ed. Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. 42nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 5.

  • Blood supply to bone

    Blood supply to bone - illustration

    Bones require their own blood supply which travels through the periosteum to the inner bone marrow.

    Blood supply to bone

    illustration

    • Blood supply to bone

      Blood supply to bone - illustration

      Bones require their own blood supply which travels through the periosteum to the inner bone marrow.

      Blood supply to bone

      illustration


     

    Review Date: 7/29/2021

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