Common iliac vein

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Common iliac vein
Iliac veins.gif
Veins of the abdomen and lower limbinferior vena cava, common iliac vein, external iliac vein, internal iliac vein, femoral vein and their tributaries. The aorta and its bifurcation (unlabeled) appear in red.
Abdominal portion of the sympathetic trunk, with the celiac and hypogastric plexuses. (Common iliac vein labeled at lower right.)
Drains from Pelvis and lower limbs
Source External iliac veins and internal iliac veins
Drains to Inferior vena cava
Artery Common iliac arteries
Latin Vena iliaca communis
TA A12.3.10.001
FMA 14333
Anatomical terminology

In human anatomy, the common iliac veins are formed by the external iliac veins and internal iliac veins. The left and right common iliac veins come together in the abdomen at the level of the fifth lumbar vertebra,[1] forming the inferior vena cava. They drain blood from the pelvis and lower limbs.

Both common iliac veins are accompanied along their course by common iliac arteries.


  1. ^ Henry Gray (1918), Anatomy of the Human Body, p. 677, retrieved 2008-06-15 

External links[edit]

  • Gray's s173 - "The Veins of the Lower Extremity, Abdomen, and Pelvis"