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Main veins of the lower limb

Learning objectives

In this study unit you will learn how to:

  1. Name the major veins of the lower limb.
  2. Identify which veins belong to the superficial venous system and which form the deep venous system.
  3. Describe the drainage area and course of each vein.

Watch videos

The veins of the lower limb drain deoxygenated blood from the lower extremity and return it to the heart via the inferior vena cava. Watch the following video to learn the names of these veins and discover how they drain blood from the lower limb regions as they course a path through the limb.

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Key points
Major veins of the lower limb Dorsal venous arch of foot, anterior tibial, posterior tibial, fibular, small saphenous, great saphenous, popliteal, deep femoral and femoral veins
Superficial and deep venous systems Superficial: dorsal venous arch, small saphenous vein, great saphenous vein.
Deep: anterior tibial vein, posterior tibial vein, fibular vein, popliteal vein, deep femoral vein, femoral vein
Body region drained by each vein Foot: digital veins, metatarsal veins, plantar veins, dorsal venous arch, great saphenous vein
Leg: small saphenous, anterior tibial, posterior tibial and fibular veins, great saphenous vein
Thigh: great saphenous vein, deep femoral and femoral veins

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