What is a superficial femoral vein?

Updated: Apr 17, 2019
  • Author: Khanjan H Nagarsheth, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Answer

The principal deep vein of the thigh, the femoral vein, often is referred to incorrectly as the "superficial femoral vein." Do not be misled by this nomenclature. A thrombus in this vein is the most serious type of DVT.


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