UAMS Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences - Veins of the Lower Limb

Gross Anatomy


NOTE: Many veins follow the branching and distribution pattern of the artery of the same name. This table contains veins that do not travel with an artery of the same name, or that run an independent course from the artery of the same name. See also: Artery Tables.


Selected Veins of the Lower Limb - Listed Alphabetically

Vein Tributaries Drains Into Regions Drained Notes
dorsal metatarsal v. of the foot dorsal digital vv. dorsal venous arch of the foot dorsal aspects of the digits of the foot dorsal metatarsal v. drains the adjacent sides of two digits
dorsal venous arch of the foot dorsal digital vv. and dorsal metatarsal vv. great saphenous v. medially, small saphenous v. laterally dorsum of the digits and the superficial structures of the dorsum of the foot dorsal venous arch is visible through the thin skin on the dorsum of the foot
greater saphenous v. medial end of dorsal venous arch of foot, perforating communications with deep veins, superficial epigastric v., superficial circumflex iliac v., superficial external pudendal v. femoral v. skin and superficial fascia of the medial side of the foot and leg; skin and superficial fascia of most of the thigh; lower abdominal wall; perineal region greater saphenous v. is frequently used as graft material in coronary bypass surgery
lesser saphenous v. lateral end of the dorsal venous arch of foot popliteal v. skin and superficial fascia of the lateral side of the foot and leg passes deeply into the popliteal fossa
metatarsal, dorsal of the foot dorsal digital vv. dorsal venous arch of the foot dorsal aspects of the digits of the foot dorsal metatarsal v. drains the adjacent sides of two digits


Some of the material presented in these tables is contained in the book:
MedCharts Anatomy by Thomas R. Gest and Jaye Schlesinger
Published by ILOC, Inc., New York. Copyright 1995.

The content of these tables has been edited for use in this course by Patrick W. Tank, Ph.D.
Copyright 2009, Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Unauthorized use is prohibited.




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