The anatomical snuffbox is a triangular depression found on the radial, dorsal aspect of the hand at the level of the carpal bones. Anatomical snuffbox is best seen when the thumb is abducted. The name arises from the use of this surface for placing and then sniffing powdered tobacco.
Borders of the Anatomical Snuff Box
Floor: Carpal bones; scaphoid and trapezium.
The base of 1st metacarpal can be palpated distally and the radial styloid process can be palpated proximally.
Contents of the Anatomical Snuff Box
- Superficial branch of the radial nerve
- Radial artery
- Cephalic vein (variable)