Nomenclature of the veins of the lower limbs: an international interdisciplinary consensus statement

J Vasc Surg. 2002 Aug;36(2):416-22. doi: 10.1067/mva.2002.125847.


An agreement on anatomic terminology is the foundation for a common language in medical science and for an effective exchange of information. A thorough review of the literature has shown need for revision and extension of the official terminologia anatomica with regard to the veins of the lower limb. The foundation of this consensus document was laid by the faculty at a precongress meeting of The Fourteenth World Congress of the International Union of Phlebology (IUP), held in Rome on September 8-9, 2001, under the auspices of the IUP, the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA), and the Federative International Committee on Anatomical Terminology (FICAT). The official names of some veins have been changed according to the guidelines of the FICAT. In addition, previously unnamed veins have received names relevant to their anatomy and clinical significance. Some of the terminology recommendations are innovative, but were judged to be correct by members of the committee.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anatomy*
  • Humans
  • Leg / blood supply
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Veins* / anatomy & histology