Dorsal veins of the penis

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In human anatomy, dorsal veins of the penis can refer to the superficial dorsal vein of the penis or the deep dorsal vein of the penis.

Vein: Deep dorsal veins of the penis
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The penis in transverse section, showing the bloodvessels.
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Transverse section of the penis.
Latin vena dorsalis profunda penis
Gray's p.676
Drains from penis
Drains to
Prostatic venous plexus
Artery
dorsal artery of the penis
Vein: Superficial dorsal veins of the penis
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The penis in transverse section, showing the bloodvessels.
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Transverse section of the penis.
Latin venae dorsales superficiales penis
Gray's p.676
Drains from penis
Drains to
external pudendal vein

Superficial dorsal vein[edit]

The superficial dorsal vein of the penis drains the prepuce and skin of the penis, and, running backward in the subcutaneous tissue, inclines to the right or left, and opens into the corresponding superficial external pudendal vein, a tributary of the great saphenous vein.

In contrast to the deep dorsal vein, it lies outside Buck's fascia.[1]

It is possible for the vein to rupture, which presents in a manner similar to penile fracture.[2]

Deep dorsal vein[edit]

The deep dorsal vein of the penis lies beneath the deep fascia of the penis; it receives the blood from the glans penis and corpora cavernosa penis and courses backward in the middle line between the dorsal arteries; near the root of the penis it passes between the two parts of the suspensory ligament and then through an aperture between the arcuate pubic ligament and the transverse ligament of the pelvis, and divides into two branches, which enter the vesical and prostatic plexuses.

The deep vein also communicates below the pubic symphysis with the internal pudendal vein.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sauerland, Eberhardt K.; Patrick W., PhD. Tank; Tank, Patrick W. (2005). Grant's dissector. Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 101. ISBN 0-7817-5484-4. 
  2. ^ Perlmutter AE, Roberts L, Farivar-Mohseni H, Zaslau S (2007). "Ruptured superficial dorsal vein of the penis masquerading as a penile fracture: case report". Can J Urol 14 (4): 3651–2. PMID 17784989. 

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.