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Superficial dorsal vein of the penis

Vein: Dorsal veins of the penis
The penis in transverse section, showing the bloodvessels.
Transverse section of the penis.
Latin venae dorsales superficiales penis
Gray's subject #173 676
Drains from penis
Drains to external pudendal vein
Dorlands/Elsevier v_05/12850200

The superficial dorsal vein of the penis drains the prepuce and skin of the penis, and, running backward in the subcutaneous tissue, inclines to the right or left, and opens into the corresponding superficial external pudendal vein, a tributary of the great saphenous vein.

Additional recommended knowledge

In contrast to the deep dorsal vein of the penis, it lies outside Buck's fascia.[1]

Clinical significance

It is possible for the vein to rupture, which presents in a manner similar to penile fracture.[2]

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  1. ^ Sauerland, Eberhardt K.; Patrick W., PhD. Tank; Tank, Patrick W. (2005). Grant's dissector. Hagerstwon, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 101. ISBN 0-7817-5484-4. 
  2. ^ Perlmutter AE, Roberts L, Farivar-Mohseni H, Zaslau S (2007). "Ruptured superficial dorsal vein of the penis masquerading as a penile fracture: case report". Can J Urol 14 (4): 3651–2. PMID 17784989.

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