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Accessory Saphenous Vein
Cardiovascular System

Accessory Saphenous Vein

Vena saphena accessoria

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Quick Facts

Origin: Union of tributaries from the medial and posterior aspect of the thigh.

Course: Runs in the posteromedial thigh and opens into great saphenous vein.

Tributaries: None.

Drainage: Medial and posterior superficial parts of thigh.

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Origin

The accessory saphenous vein is formed posteriorly from the union of tributaries from the medial and posterior aspect of the thigh.

Course

The accessory saphenous vein may not always be present. At its origin, the accessory saphenous vein is superficial as it runs just below the superficial fascia. As it ascends in the posteromedial thigh, the vein becomes deeper in order to drain into the proximal great saphenous vein.

Tributaries

There are no named tributaries.

Structures Drained

The accessory saphenous vein drains the medial and posterior parts of the superficial thigh, including the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

List of Clinical Correlates

-Varicose veins

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Saphenous Vein

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