CEPHALIC VEIN

 

ORIGIN:  Begins at the dorsal venous arch.

COURSE/DRAINAGE: It is formed at the dorsum of the hand and proceeding from the lateral aspect of the base of thumb, it then ascends to the roof of the cubital fossa where it may connect with the basilic vein in the medial aspect of the forearm through a number of veins such as the ante cubital or median cubital vein. Also, the medial vein of forearm sometimes connects with it. It then ascends rapidly to reach the deltopectoral groove where it crosses the shoulder to enter the axilla by piercing the clavipectoral fascia. It ends by draining into the axillary vein at the axilla.

TRIBUTARIES:

*      Dorsal venous arch

*      Medial cubital vein

*      Median vein of forearm.

 

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