Small saphenous vein

Small saphenous vein

Infobox Vein
Name = Small saphenous vein
Latin = vena saphena parva
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Caption = Small saphenous vein and its tributaries. (Small saphenous vein labeled vertically at center.)


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Source = dorsal venous arch of the foot
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The small saphenous vein (also lesser saphenous vein), is a relatively large vein of the superficial posterior leg.

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Its origin is where the dorsal vein from the fifth digit (smallest toe) merges with the dorsal venous arch of the foot, which attaches to the great saphenous vein. It is a considered a superficial vein and is subcutaneous (just under the skin).

From its origin, it courses around the lateral aspect of the foot (inferior and posterior to the lateral malleolus) and runs along the posterior aspect of the leg (with the sural nerve), passes between the heads of the gastrocnemius muscle, and drains into the popliteal vein, approximately at or above the level of the knee joint.

ee also

* Popliteal fossa


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External links

* - "The Arteries of the Lower Extremity"
* - Stedman's medical dictionary
* [http://www.pdn.cam.ac.uk/teaching/part1a/1a_fab/session_2_15.htm Illustration at pdn.cam.ac.uk]
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