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Dorsal Digital Veins of Hand
Cardiovascular System

Dorsal Digital Veins of Hand

Venae digitales dorsales manus

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Quick Facts

Origin: Small unnamed veins.

Course: Proximally, along medial and lateral aspects of each digit.

Tributaries: Intercapitular vein.

Drainage: Digits of the hand.

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There are several small veins in the digits of the hand, which unite to form the dorsal digital veins (Doyle and Botte, 2003).


There are two dorsal digital veins that course along both sides of the digits. Once they arrive at the digital commissure, they form a venous arcade which forms the dorsal metacarpal veins (Tubbs et al., 2016, Doyle and Botte, 2003).


Palmar digital veins connect to the dorsal digital veins via intercapitular veins, which drains blood into the dorsal aspect of the hand (Doyle and Botte, 2003).

Structures Drained

The dorsal digital veins drain the digits of the hand.


Doyle, J. R. and Botte, M. J. (2003) Surgical Anatomy of the Hand and Upper Extremity. LWW medical book collection: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.Tubbs, R. S., Shoja, M. M. and Loukas, M. (2016) Bergman's Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation. Wiley.

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