Spider veins and varicose veins are a common disease

You will find detailed information in our vein dictionary

Vein dictionary

Side branch veins

Also called side branches or tributary veins, side branch veins are large superficial veins that empty into the trunk veins.

The side branch veins run through the lower leg and the thigh; there are many veins connecting them with each other and also to the deep vein system. Side branch varicose veins may develop if their valves are incompetent (leaky). The term “side branch veins” is not really accurate: strictly speaking, trunk veins do not give off branches, but rather the blood comes from the side branch veins emptying into the trunk veins. For the sake of simplicity, however, “side branch veins” continues to be used, as it is such a well-established term.