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Posterior Arch Vein
Cardiovascular System

Posterior Arch Vein

Vena arcus posterior

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Quick Facts

Origin: At the medial malleolus.

Course: Ascends in the calf to join the great saphenous vein distal to the knee joint.

Tributaries: Perforating veins.

Drainage: Foot and ankle.

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Origin

The posterior arch vein arises at the medial malleolus.

Course

The posterior arch vein ascends in the calf, parallel to the great saphenous vein. It drains into the great saphenous vein distal to the knee joint.

Tributaries

Perforating veins from the posterior tibial veins join the posterior arch vein, rather than the great saphenous vein directly (Meissner, 2005).

Structures Drained

The posterior arch vein receives blood from the foot and ankle.

References

Meissner, M. H. (2005) Lower extremity venous anatomy. Seminars in interventional radiology, 22(3), 147-156.

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