Vein Glossary

Below is a glossary of terms related to all aspects of venous disease

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Lateral Reticular Perforator
A vein from the deeper system to the lateral reticular vein responsible for high pressure in the cutaneous circuit.


Partibial Perforator
Also known as Boyd's and Sherman's perforators. These veins connect the saphenous vein to either the posterior tibial vein or the popliteal vein. -- Also called: Boyd's perforators, Sherman's perforators


Perforator
Perforator veins connect the superficial system to the deep system. These veins normally drain blood from the superficial veins to the deep veins as part of the process of returning oxygen-depleted blood to the heart.


Posterior Tibial Perforator (Cockett's)
Communication between the posterior tibial vein and the posterior saphenous. It may be related to venous ulcers or spider veins around the ankle.


Swelling
Increase fluid in the lower leg and gives a feeling of tightness or heaviness.