- Small saphenous 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.)
Width = 145
dorsal venous arch of the foot
DorlandsPre = v_05
DorlandsSuf = 12851681
The small saphenous vein (also lesser saphenous vein), is a relatively large
veinof the superficial posterior leg.
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 veinand 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 kneejoint.
* - "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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