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Makroskopie​ ​

Macroscopy means "visible with our eyes". To open eyes plenty of miracles of the human body become obvious, using dissection, macroscopic slicing, transparency of specimen, and plastination e.g. We improve these methods to gain better insights of macroscopy. However, the biggest part of our body, the water, we know to be hidden by recent anatomical methods. Therefore we also use MRI as much as possible for anatomical research.​​​​​

​​No portrait available ​PD Dr. Hanno Steinke


Phone: +49 341 - 97 22003


  • Dr. Mara Sandrock
  • Charlotte Kulow, guest scientist

Atlas of Fascial Topography

published 2​​018

The first fascial anatomy atlas, published in early 2015 by Carla Stecco served as a milestone in the field of macroscopic human anatomy. It has become a classic in the field of fascial anatomy.

Now a second fascial anatomy book is published by our group in cooperation with the award-winning German photographer Anna Ka​tharina Rowedder. The photographic images in this book are most impressive; the carefully dissected specimen are illuminated to enhance perceptual clarity.​

Operative approaches to joints and bones

This 25​nd course is designed for pre-clinical and clinical students. This course is well regarded by the scientific community and students. The next course will be held February 6th to 10th, 2023.​


The next live dissection course will start November 24th to 25th 2022, see

Last course March 2021​

Selected publications

Steinke H,  Wiersbicki DSpeckert MLMerkwitz CWolfskämpf T, Wolf B (2018) Periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) reaction and plastination in whole body slices. A novel technique to identify fascial tissue structures. Ann Anat 216:29–35.

Steinke H (2018) Atlas of Human Fascial Topography. Photography by Anna Rowedder. Universitätsverlag Leipzig

Cotofana S, Steinke H, Schlattau A, Schlager M, Sykes  JM, Roth MZ, Gaggl A, Giunta RE, Gotkin RH, Schenck TL (2017) The anatomy of the facial vein: implications for plastic, reconstructive, and aesthetic procedures. Plastic and reconstructive surgery 139:1346–1353

Gill N, Nasir A, Douglin J, Pretterklieber B, Steinke H, Pretterklieber M, Cotofana S (2017) Accessory spleen in the greater omentum: embryology and revisited prevalence rates. Cells, tissues, organs 203:374-378

Pieroh P, Schneider S, Lingslebe U, Sichting F, Wolfskämpf T, Josten C, Böhme J, Hammer N, Steinke H (2016) The stress-strain data of the hip capsule ligaments are gender and side independent suggesting a smaller contribution to passive stiffness. PloS one 11, e0163306.​​

Cai R, Pan C, Ghasemigharagoz A, Todorov MI, Förstera B, Zhao S, Bhatia HS, Parra-Damas A, Mrowka L, Theodorou D, Rempfler M, Xavier ALR, Kress BT, Benakis C, Steinke H, Liebscher S, Bechmann I, Liesz A, Menze B, Kerschensteiner M, Nedergaard M, Ertürk A (2019) Panoptic imaging of transparent mice reveals whole-body neuronal projections and skull-meninges connections. Nat Neurosci. doi: 10.1038/s41593-018-0301-3.

Czerwonatis S, Dehghani F, Steinke H, Hepp P, Bechmann I (2020) Nameless in anatomy, but famous among surgeons: The so called "deltotrapezoid fascia". Ann Anat.2020 Feb 28: 151488.doi: 10.1016/j.aanat.2020.151488. PMID: 32120000

Klengel A, Steinke H, Pieroh P, Höch A, Denecke T, Josten C, Osterhoff G (2020) Integrity of the pectineal ligament in MRI correlates with radiographic superior pubic ramus fracture displacement.Acta Radiol. 2020 Apr 28;284185120913002. doi: 10.1177/0284185120913002. PMID: 32345026

Kulow C, Reske A, Leimert M, Bechmann IWinter KSteinke H. Topography and evidence of a separate "fascia plate" for the femoral nerve inside the iliopsoas - A dorsal approach. J Anat. doi: 10.1111/joa.13374. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33368226

Pieroh P, Li Z-L. Kawata S, Ogawa Y, Josten C, Steinke H, Dehghani F, Itoh M (2020) The arterial blood supply of the symphysis pubis - spatial orientated and highly variable. Ann Anat. 2020 Nov 20;234:151649. doi: 10.1016/j.aanat.2020.151649. PMID: 33227373

Stegmann T, Steinke H, Pieroh P, Dehghani F, Voelker A, Groll MJ, Wolfskaempf T, Werner M, Kollan J, Hinz A, Leimert M (2020) On the importance of the innervation of the human cervical longitudinal ligaments at vertebral level. Radiol Anat.2.PMID: 31493007

Pieroh, P., Li, Z.-L., Kawata, S., Ogawa, Y., Josten, C., Steinke, H., Dehghani, F., Itoh, M., 2021a. The arterial blood supply of the symphysis pubis - Spatial orientated and highly variable. Ann Anat 234, 151649

Pieroh, P., Li, Z.-L., Kawata, S., Ogawa, Y., Josten, C., Steinke, H., Dehghani, F., Itoh, M., 2021b. The topography and morphometrics of the pubic ligaments. Ann Anat 236, 151698

Klengel, A., Steinke, H., Pieroh, P., Höch, A., Denecke, T., Josten, C., Osterhoff, G., 2021. Integrity of the pectineal ligament in MRI correlates with radiographic superior pubic ramus fracture displacement. Acta Radiol 62, PMID: 32345026

Völker, A., Steinke, H., Heyde, C.-e., 2021. Das Iliosakralgelenk als Generator für Rückenschmerz. Ein Review über Morphologie und Erklärungsmodelle zur Schmerzgenese. Z Orthop Unfall 2021 May 3. doi: 10.1055/a-1398-6055 PMID: 33940639

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