Deep vein

Deep vein
The veins of the right axilla, viewed from in front.
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Identifiers
Latinvena profunda
TA98A12.0.00.035
TA23909
FMA76718
Anatomical terminology

A deep vein is a vein that is deep in the body. This contrasts with superficial veins that are close to the body's surface.

Deep veins are almost always beside an artery with the same name (e.g. the femoral vein is beside the femoral artery). Collectively, they carry the vast majority of the blood. Occlusion of a deep vein can be life-threatening and is most often caused by thrombosis. Occlusion of a deep vein by thrombosis is called deep vein thrombosis.

Because of their location deep within the body, operation on these veins can be difficult.

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Upper limb

Lower limb


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