Communicating veins are veins that communicate two different points of the venous system.
They can communicate the great saphenous vein with the small saphenous vein, (for example the Giacomini vein) or the superficial venous system with the deep one. In this case they are called perforator veins and have a very important role in the venous system hemodynamics.
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