Popliteal vein

  • The popliteal vein (latin: vena poplitea) is a blood vessel formed by the union of the venae comitantes of the anterior and posterior tibial vein.

    The popliteal vein arises at the lower border of the popliteus muscle, ascends through the popliteal fossa and passes through the adductor canal, becoming the femoral vein.

    The main tributaries of the popliteal vein are the small saphenous vein, the muscular veins and the veins corresponding to the branches of the popliteal artery.

    The popliteal vein collects blood from the knee joint, as well as the triceps surae and popliteus muscles.