Lateral circumflex femoral vein

The lateral circumflex femoral vein is located in the thigh and follows the path of the lateral circumflex femoral artery, one of the arteries of the leg. The artery supplies oxygen-rich blood to the front and middle areas of the thigh while the lateral circumflex femoral vein drains the oxygen-depleted blood and then returns it to the lungs and heart for recirculation through the body.

This vein is a branch of the superficial iliac circumflex vein, which branches off from the deep femoral vein. The lateral circumflex femoral vein has three branches: the ascending, transverse, and descending.

The blood vessels of the thigh are among the most commonly injured parts of the body's blood circulation system, usually as a result of penetrating trauma.

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