|Vein: Thoracoepigastric vein|
|Gray's||subject #173 670|
|Drains to||Lateral thoracic vein, femoral vein|
The thoracoepigastric vein runs along the lateral aspect of the trunk between the superficial epigastric vein below and the lateral thoracic vein above and establishes an important communication between the femoral vein and axillary vein. This is an especially important vein when the inferior vena cava (IVC) becomes obstructed, by providing a means of collateral venous return.
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