Batson venous plexus

Batson venous plexus, also known as Batson veins, are 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 American surgeon and anatomist Oscar Vivian Batson (1894-1979) 3, who first described it in 1940 3.

Anatomy: Spine

Article information

rID: 43354
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Batson's plexus
  • Batson's venous plexus
  • Batson's veins
  • Batson veins

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