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1

What is the great saphenous vein formed of?

dorsal venous arch of the foot
and the dorsal vein of the great toe

2

Describe the course of the great saphenous vein

ascends up medial side of leg, passing anteriorly to medial malleolus at ankle
travels posterior to the medial condyle at the knee

3

Where does the great saphenous vein terminate? which nerve does it drain into?

drains into the femoral vein immediately before the inguinal ligament where the great saphenous vein terminates

4

What can the great saphenous vein be used for surgically?

coronary artery bypass

5

What is the small saphenous vein formed of?

dorsal venous arch of the foot and the dorsal vein of the little toe

6

Describe the anatomical course of the small saphenous vein

moves in posterior side of the leg, passing posteriorly to the lateral malleolus, along the lateral border of calcaneal tendon, moving between the 2 heads of the gastrocnemius muscle

7

Where does the small saphenous vein terminate? which vein does it empty into?

terminates at the popliteal fossa, emptying into the popliteal vein

8

Where does the superficial veins of the lower limb run? how many major branches are there?

runs in subcutaneous tissue
2 major branches: great and small saphenous vein