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Re: What is the relative total length of veins, arteries, and capillaries?

Date: Fri Jan 30 13:38:52 2004
Posted By: Stephen Lattanzi, M.D., Hematology/Oncology, New London Cancer Center
Area of science: Anatomy
ID: 1074691545.An

Dear Mac,

Since no actual measurements of this number are available, we must resort to estimates. The estimates I found are in the range that you reported (60,000 to 100,000 miles). One reference stated that 60,000 miles was for a child (but didn't say what age), while 100,000 miles would be more accurate for an average adult. The medical textbooks that I reviewed are silent on this subject.

I should mention that this issue was discussed on the Mad Scientist forum in 1999 as well! That question and response can be found at reference #1 below.

Thanks for your question! Sorry I couldn't be more precise.


Stephen C. Lattanzi, M.D.


1. tml

2. articlekey=194



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