Anatomical observation on draining patterns of saphenous tributaries in Korean adults.

M. H. Chun, S. H. Han, J. W. Chung, S. S. Cho, J. S. Ko, I. H. Chung, G. B. Chung, M. S. Lee, H. S. Kang, S. S. Park

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Abstract

This study was done to identify the normal and variants of saphenous tributaries in Korean adults. The pattern of confluence of saphenous tributaries, medial accessory saphenous, lateral accessory saphenous, superficial epigastric, superficial circumflex iliac and superficial external pudendal veins, was carefully examined in 249 lower limbs (right, 129; left, 120) of embalmed Korean cadavers (73 males & 56 females). The medial accessory saphenous vein drained into the great saphenous vein directly (in 82.3%) or by a common trunk (in 17.7%) with the superficial epigastric or superficial external pudendal vein. The lateral accessory saphenous vein entered the great saphenous (in 67.1%) or the femoral vein (in 32.9%) directly or, forming a common trunk with other saphenous tributaries. The superficial epigastric vein joined the great saphenous (in 77.1%) or the femoral vein (in 22.9%) directly or, by a common trunk with other saphenous tributaries. The superficial circumflex iliac vein reached the great saphenous (in 83.1%) or the femoral vein (in 16.9%) directly or, by a common trunk with other saphenous tributaries. The superficial external pudendal vein opened into the great saphenous (in 95.2%) or the femoral vein (in 4.8%) directly or by a common trunk with other saphenous tributaries. In Koreans, the incidence of the normal pattern of saphenous tributaries was 23.7% and in 76.3% any one of variant saphenous tributaries entered the femoral or the great saphenous vein by a common trunk with other saphenous tributaries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Korean Medical Science
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1992

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