Dorsal veins of the penis

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In human anatomy, the dorsal veins of the penis comprise the superficial dorsal vein of the penis and the deep dorsal vein of the penis.

Deep dorsal veins of the penis
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The penis in transverse section, showing the blood vessels.
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Transverse section of the penis.
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Drains toProstatic venous plexus
Arterydorsal artery of the penis
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Latinvena dorsalis profunda penis
Anatomical terminology
Cavernosal veins of the penis
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Drains toProstatic venous plexus
Arterydorsal artery of the penis
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Para-arterial veins of the penis
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Drains frompenis
Drains toProstatic venous plexus
Arterydorsal artery of the penis
Anatomical terminology
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.
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Drains toexternal pudendal vein
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Latinvenae dorsales superficiales penis
Anatomical terminology

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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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 676 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. ^ Sauerland, Eberhardt K.; Tank, Patrick W., PhD. (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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