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.
Superficial dorsal vein
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.
It is possible for the vein to rupture, which presents in a manner similar to penile fracture.
Deep dorsal vein
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 pudendal plexus.
The deep vein also communicates below the pubic symphysis with the internal pudendal vein.
Anatomy of the human penis of an uncircumcised male.
The veins of the right half of the male pelvis.
Vertical section of bladder, penis, and urethra.
The superficial dorsal vein in the flaccid penis.
The superficial dorsal vein of the erect penis.
Superficial dorsal vein, as well as the deep dorsal vein, of an erect circumcised penis.
Transverse section of the penis.
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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.