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Popliteal Vein

Medically reviewed by: Stephanie Curreli, MD, PhD
Last Updated: Oct 20, 2017

The popliteal vein parallels the popliteal artery as it carries blood back to the heart from the knee joint as well as the calf and thigh muscles. This vein can be found on the backside of the knee. When it exits the adductor canal, or Hunter’s canal, it becomes the femoral vein.