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Veins of the arm and the shoulder - Anterior view (Latin)

Veins of the arm and the shoulder - Anterior view (Latin)

Deoxygenated blood from the hand (manus), forearm (antebrachium) and arm (brachium) is drained via the vv. superficiales et profundae brachii. The main superficial veins of the upper limb (membrum superius) are the v. cephalica and v. basilica which are continuations of the same veins in the forearm. Deep veins of the upper limb, such as the v. brachialis, v. axillaris and v. subclavia, and their tributaries accompany their arterial counterparts (i.e. venae comitantes). At the inferior border of the m. teres major, the v. basilica unites with the vv. brachiales to form the v. axillaris. At the lateral border of the first rib, it continues as the v. subclavia transporting deoxygenated blood to the v. brachiocephalica. Venous blood is returned to the heart (cor) via the vena cava superior.
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