Communicating vein

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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)[1] 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.[2]


  1. ^ Pourandokht Khodabakhsh, Konstantinos T. Delis; Alison L. Knaggs (December 2004). "Prevalence, anatomic patterns, valvular competence, and clinical significance of the Giacomini vein". Journal of Vascular Surgery 40 (6): 1174–1183. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2004.09.019. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  2. ^ Cavezzi, A.; Labropoulos, N.; Partsch, H.; Ricci, S.; Caggiati, A.; Myers, K.; Nicolaides, A.; Smith, P.C. (2006). "Duplex Ultrasound Investigation of the Veins in Chronic Venous Disease of the Lower Limbs—UIP Consensus Document. Part II. Anatomy". European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 31 (3): 288–99. doi:10.1016/j.ejvs.2005.07.020. PMID 16230038.