Deep vein of the thigh

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Deep vein of the thigh
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Veins of the leg, with deep femoral vein near top.
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Cross-section through the middle of the thigh. (Deep femoral artery and vein labeled at center top.)
Details
Drains to femoral vein
Artery profunda femoris artery
Identifiers
Latin vena profunda femoris
Dorlands
/Elsevier
v_05/12851486
TA A12.3.11.024
FMA 51041
Anatomical terminology

The deep vein of the thigh, (profunda femoris vein or deep femoral vein) is a large deep vein in the thigh. It receives blood from the inner thigh and proceeds superiorly and medially running alongside the profunda femoris artery to join with the femoral vein approximately at the level of the inferior-most portion of the ischial tuberosity.[1]

Function[edit]

The deep vein of the thigh contributes the largest volume of blood to the femoral vein.[2]

Complications[edit]

The deep vein of the thigh is commonly affected by phlebitis which can be a dangerous condition in the case of a thrombus, or blood clot, forming which can dislodge and travel into the heart where it can travel to the lungs. This is a possible complication of immobility due to excessive bed rest following a surgery or disability, or an excessively sedentary lifestyle.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grabowski, Sandra R.; Tortora, Gerard (2003). "21". In Roesch, Bonnie. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology Volume 4: Maintenance and Contitnuity of the Human Body (Textbook). 4 (10th ed.). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 748. ISBN 0-471-22934-2. 
  2. ^ Grabowski, Sandra R.; Tortora, Gerard (2003). "21". In Roesch, Bonnie. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology Volume 4: Maintenance and Contitnuity of the Human Body (Textbook). 4 (10th ed.). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 748. ISBN 0-471-22934-2. 
  3. ^ Diamond, Marion (Fall 2005). Integrative Biology 131: Lecture 17: Blood-Vascular System (Filmed Lecture). Berkeley, California: University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 6/5/2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)