Dorsal metacarpal veins

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Dorsal metacarpal veins
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The veins on the dorsum of the hand.
Details
Latin venae metacarpales dorsales
Source
dorsal digital veins
Drains to
dorsal venous network of hand
dorsal metacarpal arteries
Identifiers
Gray's p.660
Dorlands
/Elsevier
v_05/12851039
TA A12.3.08.025
FMA FMA:70940
Anatomical terminology

The dorsal digital veins from the adjacent sides of the fingers unite to form three dorsal metacarpal veins, which end in a dorsal venous net-work opposite the middle of the metacarpus.

They are a popular site for peripheral venous cannulation because they tend to be prominent veins which are easily accessible and do not lie over a point of flexion - so are not too uncomfortable for the patient.