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Upper Limb - Superficial Veins


Cephalic vein
  • Begins as a radial continuation of the dorsal venous network, runs on the lateral side, and is often connected with the basilic vein by the median cubital vein in front of the elbow.
  • Ascends along the lateral surface of the biceps, pierces the brachial fascia, and lies in the deltopectoral triangle with the deltoid branch of the thoracoacromial trunk.
  • Pierces the costocoracoid membrane of the clavipectoral fascia and empties into the axillary
Basilic vein
  • Arises from the dorsal venous arch of the hand and accompanies the medial antebrachial cutaneous nerve on the posteromedial surface of the forearm and passes anterior to the medial epicondyle.
  • Pierces the deep fascia of the arm and joins the two brachial veins , the venae comitantes of the brachial artery, to form the axillary vein at the lower border of the teres major muscle.
Median cubital vein
  • Connects the cephalic vein to the basilic vein over the cubital fossa.
  • Lies superficial to the bicipital aponeurosis , and thus separates it from the brachial artery, which is vulnerable to being punctured during intravenous injections and blood transfusions.
Median antebrachial vein
  • Arises in the palmar venous network, ascends on the front of the forearm, and terminates in the median cubital or the basilic vein.
Dorsal venous network
  • Receives dorsal digital veins by means of dorsal metacarpal veins.
  • Also receives palmar digital veins by means of intercapitular and palmar metacarpal veins and continues proximally as the cephalic vein (radial part) and as the basilic vein (ulnar part).

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