saphenous veins

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Related to saphenous veins: accessory saphenous vein, Lesser saphenous vein

ac·ces·so·ry sa·phe·nous vein

an occasional vein running in the thigh parallel to the great saphenous vein which it joins just before the latter empties into the femoral vein.
Synonym(s): vena saphena accessoria [TA]

saphenous veins

; SV main superficial veins draining the leg and foot
  • great SV; long SV largest of the two main superficial veins in lower leg; extends from medial dorsal foot to the proximal thigh; drains medial aspect of foot, lower limb and thigh; formed by union of the medial end of dorsal venous arch and medial dorsal digital vein; courses proximally via anterior aspect of medial malleolus into the lower limb at anteromedial aspect of lower one-third of tibia; passes to posteromedial aspect of knee and via saphenous opening to anteromedial thigh, becoming continuous with (deep) femoral vein; it is compartmented along its entire length by a system of valves; gives rise to several communicating veins linking with deep-vein system, e.g. medial plantar veins, anterior tibial vein anterior to ankle and tributaries of posterior tibial vein

  • small SV; short SV shorter of the two main superficial veins in lower leg; extends from lateral dorsal foot to knee; formed by union of the lateral end of dorsal venous arch and lateral dorsal digital vein; courses proximally via inferior/posterior aspect of lateral malleolus; ascends along midline of lower leg; pierces deep fascia at lower border of popliteal fossa to enter popliteal vein of deep-vein system; drains lateral side of foot and ankle and posterior area of lower leg; anastomoses with tributaries of great SV

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Varicose veins are enlarged, bulging veins that most often occur in the leg's great saphenous vein (GSV) system.
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The GSV is usually small further down the calf; the size transition seen on ultrasound guides where to access the GSV Occasionally, the puncture and treatment can be applied to superficial tributaries that remain relatively straight and parallel to the course of the GSV In this case, these so-called superficial accessory saphenous veins can be accessed directly at the most peripheral part of the straight segment.
Sapheon reports that complete closure of the great saphenous vein was accomplished with no adverse events in all patients.
BTG plc (LSE: BTG), the specialist healthcare company, today announces that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Varithena(TM) (polidocanol injectable foam) for the treatment of patients with incompetent veins and visible varicosities of the great saphenous vein (GSV) system.
Grube presented data from PREVENT II (Genetic Manipulation of Vein Graft Remodeling with E2F Decoy Therapy in CABG Patients), a trial involving 200 CABG patients who were randomized to receive either saphenous vein grafts infused with E2F Decoy or placebo-treated grafts.
Although GSV reflux is the most common underlying cause of significant varicose veins, the impact of other "truncal" veins such as the small saphenous vein system (SSV) is also very significant.
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