Investigation of venous drainage patterns of rabbit peripheral nerves

Engin M. S., Demirtas Y., Gultiken M. E., Ozturk N., Karacalar A.

BRATISLAVA MEDICAL JOURNAL-BRATISLAVSKE LEKARSKE LISTY, vol.116, no.6, pp.368-372, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 116 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.4149/bll_2015_070
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.368-372
  • Keywords: peripheral nerves, venous drainage, anatomical study, New Zealand rabbit, FLAPS
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, the venous drainage patterns of white New Zealand rabbits' peripheral nerves were examined in an effort to provide an animal model for studies focusing on the venous drainage of the healing nerves. Extremities of rabbits sacrificed via intraarterial lead oxide-gelatin solution, and thus had their peripheral bloods pushed out of the arteries and into the veins were dissected for the venous drainage of radial, median, ulnar, femoral, sciatic, tibial and fibular nerves. The observations revealed that white New Zealand rabbit was a feasible model due to its consistent venous anatomy draining the major nerves and accessibility and workability of them. Of those dissected, the most suitable set of nerves suitable for such studies seem to be the Median nerve of the anterior extremity, and Sciatic nerve of the posterior extremity (Fig. 12, Ref 16). Text in PDF