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Superficial Veins of Lower Limb (Left)
Cardiovascular System

Superficial Veins of Lower Limb (Left)

Venae superficiales membri

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Description

The lower limb is made up of six regions: the gluteal, femoral (thigh), knee, leg, talocrural (ankle) and foot regions.

Venous drainage of the lower limb is composed of deep and superficial veins. Perforating veins shunt blood from the superficial system to the deep venous system. Approximately 15% of venous blood is drained in the superficial system and 85% of blood is drained by the deep system. The main superficial veins are the great and small saphenous veins. The main vein of the deep system is the femoral vein (Moore et al, 2013).

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References

Moore, K. L., Dalley, A. F. and Agur, A. M. R. (2013) Clinically Oriented Anatomy. Clinically Oriented Anatomy 7th edn.: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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