Deep Veins of the UE and LE (DVT)


Lower extremity (CEAP) vein list
Superficial veins Deep veins Perforator veins
Telangiectasias or reticular veins

Great saphenous vein above the knee

Great saphenous vein below the knee

Small saphenous vein

Nonsaphenous veins

Inferior vena cava

Common iliac vein

Internal iliac vein

External iliac vein

Pelvic: gonadal, broad ligament veins, other

Common femoral vein

Deep femoral vein

Femoral vein*

Popliteal vein

Crural: anterior tibial, posterior tibial, peroneal veins (all paired)

Muscular: gastrocnemial, soleal veins, other



CEAP: Clinical-Etiology-Anatomy-Pathophysiology classification of lower extremity chronic venous disorders.
* Formerly referred to as the superficial femoral vein, a misnomer since it is a deep vein.


The deep veins of the upper extremity include
1. paired ulnar, radial, and interosseous veins in the forearm
2. paired brachial veins of the upper arm
3. axillary vein

References (2017). Primary (spontaneous) upper extremity deep vein thrombosis.  [Accessed 30 Nov. 2017].


Uptodate:  Overview of the treatment of lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  Lip, G. et al.  Accessed 11/28/2015


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