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Popliteal vein

Other Terms: Vena poplitea, Veine poplitée

Description

The popliteal vein is formed at the junction of the fibular and tibial veins. When it reaches the femur, it becomes the femoral vein. It runs along the same path as the popliteal artery. The popliteal artery lies deep in the mid line of the popliteal space upon the back of the distal end of the femur, the posterior cruciate ligament of the knee joint, and the popliteus muscle. It is overlaid by the tibial nerve and the popliteal vein, the nerve being the more superficial.

Latin

Vena poplitea

French

Veine poplitée

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