Bilateral variations of the great saphenous vein

Zeybek A., Ozkan M., Alpay M.

MARMARA MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.34, no.2, pp.219-221, 2021 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.5472/marumj.945178
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.219-221
  • Keywords: Great saphenous vein, Bilateral variation, Cadaver
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: No


The great saphenous vein is the longest in the human body and has been one of the most preferred autologous tissue in bypass surgery. It is affected by the life conditions causing pathological dilatations called varices. We observed bilaterally duplicated great saphenous vein in both lower limbs of an elderly male human cadaver during our routine dissection for undergraduate anatomy education. After a detailed inspection of the veins at both sides, we measured and illustrated the variant branches. In this case report, we presented bilaterally duplicated great saphenous veins, accompanied by an accessory saphenous vein. To the best of our knowledge, there are no such variations reported in the literature so far. We think that recognizing this and such variations before surgery will increase success.