External vertebral venous plexuses

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Vein: External vertebral venous plexuses
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Transverse section of a thoracic vertebra, showing the vertebral venous plexuses.
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Median sagittal section of two thoracic vertebrae, showing the vertebral venous plexuses.
Latin plexus venosi vertebrales externi
Gray's subject #172 668
Dorlands
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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


The external vertebral venous plexuses (extraspinal veins) best marked in the cervical region, consist of anterior and posterior plexuses which anastomose freely with each other.

They are best developed in the cervical region, and there anastomose with the vertebral, occipital, and deep cervical veins.

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