External vertebral venous plexuses

External vertebral venous plexuses

Transverse section of a thoracic vertebra, showing the vertebral venous plexuses.

Median sagittal section of two thoracic vertebrae, showing the vertebral venous plexuses.
Latin plexus venosi vertebrales externi
TA A12.3.07.019
FMA 12851

Anatomical terminology

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.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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