Vertebral vein

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Vertebral vein
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The vertebral vein. (Vertebral labeled at upper left and center right.)
Details
Latin Vena vertebralis
Source
Deep cervical vein
Drains to
Brachiocephalic vein
Vertebral artery
Identifiers
Gray's p.649
Dorlands
/Elsevier
v_05/12852212
TA A12.3.04.012
FMA FMA:4727
Anatomical terminology

The vertebral vein is formed in the suboccipital triangle, from numerous small tributaries which spring from the internal vertebral venous plexuses and issue from the vertebral canal above the posterior arch of the atlas.

They unite with small veins from the deep muscles at the upper part of the back of the neck, and form a vessel which enters the foramen in the transverse process of the atlas, and descends, forming a dense plexus around the vertebral artery, in the canal formed by the foramina transversaria of the cervical vertebrae.

This plexus ends in a single trunk, which emerges from the foramen transversarium of the sixth cervical vertebra, and opens at the root of the neck into the back part of the innominate vein near its origin, its mouth being guarded by a pair of valves.

On the right side, it crosses the first part of the subclavian artery.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.

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