Supreme intercostal vein
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|Vein: Supreme intercostal vein|
|Intercostal spaces, viewed from the left. (Highest intercostal vein labeled at upper right.)|
|The venæ cavæ and azygos veins, with their tributaries. (Highest intercostal labeled, very faintly, written vertically, to the right of the aortic arch.)|
|Latin||vena intercostalis suprema|
|Gray's||subject #172 666|
|Drains to||brachiocephalic vein|
The supreme intercostal vein (highest intercostal vein) is a paired vein that drains the first intercostal space on its corresponding side.
This vein does not have valves, this is an important point when it comes to spread of cancerous secondaries.
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