Superior epigastric vein

In human anatomy, superior epigastric vein refers to a blood vessel that carries deoxygenated blood and drains into the internal thoracic vein. It anastomoses with the inferior epigastric vein at the level of the umbilicus and drains the anterior part of the abdominal wall and some of the diaphragm.

Superior epigastric vein
Superior epigastric artery, internal thoracic artery and inferior epigastric artery. (Superior epigastric artery is labeled at right center, and superior epigastric vein runs with it.)
Drains fromabdominal wall and some of the diaphragm
Drains tointernal thoracic vein
Arterysuperior epigastric artery
Latinvenae epigastricae superiores
Anatomical terminology

Along its course, it is accompanied by a similarly named artery, the superior epigastric artery.

See also

  • Gray's s173 - "Veins of the lower extremity, abdomen and pelvis"
  • Anatomy figure: 35:04-03 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Incisions and the contents of the rectus sheath."
  • Atlas image: abdo_wall76 at the University of Michigan Health System - "Venous Drainage of the Anterior Abdominal Wall"

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