Batson venous plexus

Batson venous plexus (Batson veins) is a network of veins with no valves that connect deep pelvic veins draining the bladder, prostate and rectum to the internal vertebral venous plexus 1. These veins are important because they are believed to provide a route for spread of pelvic cancer metastases or infections to the spine 2.

History and etymology

The plexus is named after the anatomist Oscar Vivian Batson, who first described it in 1940.

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rID: 43354
Systems: Urogenital, Spine
Section: Anatomy
Tags: snippet, refs
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