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Small saphenous vein and its tributaries.
Small saphenous vein and its tributaries.

The small saphenous vein is the relatively large vein of the 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 vein and is subcutaneous (just under the skin). In biology, a vein is a blood vessel which returns blood from the microvasculature to the heart. ... Leg has multiple meanings: For the limbs of animals that support them above the ground: in the case of the legs of humans, see Human leg; in the case of the legs of horses, see Equine leg; in the case of the legs of crabs, lobsters, and their close relatives... The dorsal venous arch of the foot is a superficial vein that connects the small saphenous vein and the great saphenous vein. ... Great saphenous vein and its tributaries. ... Superficial vein is a term used to describe a vein that is close to the surface of the body. ... The subcutis is the layer of tissue directly underlying the cutis. ...

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. Gastrocnemius The gastrocnemius muscle is a powerful superficial muscle that is in the back part of the lower leg (the calf). ... The politeal vein parrallels the popliteal artery but carries the blood from the knee joint and muscles in the thigh and calf back to the heart. ... An x-ray of a human knee In human anatomy, the knee is the leg joint connecting the femur and the tibia. ...

External links

  • The Arteries of the Lower Extremity - Gray's Anatomy.
  • The Veins of the Lower Extremity, Abdomen, and Pelvis - Gray's Anatomy.
  • Small saphenous vein - Stedman's medical dictionary.

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Vein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (503 words)
In biology, a vein is a blood vessel which carries blood toward the heart.
As an exception, in the pulmonary circulation oxygenated blood from the lungs is taken to the left part of the heart by pulmonary veins.
Veins are used medically as points of access to the blood stream, permitting the withdrawal of blood specimens (venipuncture) for testing purposes, and enabling the infusion of fluid, electrolytes, nutrition, and medications.
IV. Myology. 8c. The Muscles and Fasciæ of the Leg. Gray, Henry. 1918. Anatomy of the Human Body. (3503 words)
It is continuous above with the fascia lata, and is attached around the knee to the patella, the ligamentum patellæ, the tuberosity and condyles of the tibia, and the head of the tibula.
The Tibiofascialis anterior, a small muscle from the lower part of the tibia to the transverse or cruciate crural ligaments or deep fascia.
Extensor ossis metatarsi hallucis, a small muscle, sometimes found as a slip from the Extensor hallucis longus, or from the Tibialis anterior, or from the Extensor digitorum longus, or as a distinct muscle; it traverses the same compartment of the transverse ligament with the Extensor hallucis longus.
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