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Paratibial Perforating Vein (Left)
Cardiovascular System

Paratibial Perforating Vein (Left)

Vena perforantis paratibialis

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The paratibial perforating vein, or Boyd’s perforating vein, is a constant vein found below the knee joint.


The paratibial vein passes from the great saphenous vein to the posterior tibial veins. Other paratibial veins may be found more distally in the leg (Caggiati et al, 2014).

Structures Drained

The paratibial perforating vein connects the superficial venous system of the lower limb with the deep venous system. The perforating veins shunt blood in one direction, from superficial veins to the high-pressured deep veins. The perforating veins contain valves to prevent the flow of blood from deep to superficial.


Caggiati, A., Mendoza, E., Murena-Schmidt, R. & Lattimer, C. R. (2014) Anatomy of the Superficial Veins, in Mendoza, E., Lattimer, C. R. & Morrison, N. (eds), Duplex Ultrasound of Superficial Leg Veins. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 19-47.

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