Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dorsal Venous Network of the Hand

We just learned about the Radial and Ulnar Veins in the forearm and wrist that bring deoxygenated blood back toward the heart.

There are veins on the top or back of your hand, called the dorsal side, that stick out a lot, and are sometimes used by doctors when they need to put a needle into your veins.

These large veins are called the dorsal venous network of the hand.

The word dorsal means top, like the dorsal fin on top of a dolphin's back, so the dorsal veins are on the top or back of your hand.
The palmar veins are by the palm of your hand.

(from: wikipedia - dorsal venous network of hand)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Circulatory System