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Area-pressure relationship of lower limb main veins in man.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16796003     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The mechanical properties of human veins remain incompletely known. However they play an important part in number of physiological and pathological situations, as hemodynamic adjustment to orthostasis, deep venous thrombosis (DVP) and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). The aim of the study was to describe the pressure/volume (area) relationship of some important conduit veins of the human's lower limb.
PROBANDS AND METHODS: We investigated the area/pressure relationship of thefemoral vein (FV) at mid thigh, the great saphenous vein (GSV) at lower third of the leg, and a deep leg vein (DLV), either the peroneal or posterior tibial vein, in fifteen healthy young men. The cross section areas were measured with B-mode ultrasound while various positive and negative venous pressures were generated by body's tilting.
RESULTS: Over the range of pressures investigated, the area/pressure relationship was roughly linear, the classical sigmoid relation did not emerge from our data. The relative compliance of FV, GSV and DLV was 0.0312, 0.0118, and 0.0147 mmHg(-1), respectively.
CONCLUSIONS: The relative compliance of FV is more than two times higher than the relative compliance of both the DLV and the GSV.
M Chauveau; S Bassez; S Tra; B Scherrer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  VASA. Zeitschrift für Gefässkrankheiten     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0301-1526     ISO Abbreviation:  VASA     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-26     Completed Date:  2006-08-29     Revised Date:  2012-10-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0317051     Medline TA:  Vasa     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  59-66     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physiology, Cochin Hospital, Paris, France.
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MeSH Terms
Femoral Vein / anatomy & histology,  physiology*,  ultrasonography
Lower Extremity / blood supply*
Models, Cardiovascular
Reproducibility of Results
Saphenous Vein / anatomy & histology,  physiology*,  ultrasonography
Tilt-Table Test
Ultrasonography / methods
Venous Pressure*

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