Fold of left vena cava

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Fold of the left vena cava
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Diagram showing completion of development of the parietal veins.
Details
Latin Plica venae cavae sinistrae,
ligamentum venae cavae sinistrae
Identifiers
Gray's p.526
Dorlands
/Elsevier
l_09/12493529
TA A12.1.08.010
FMA 7224
Anatomical terminology

Between the left pulmonary artery and subjacent pulmonary vein is a triangular fold of the serous pericardium; it is known as the ligament of the left vena cava (vestigial fold of Marshall).

It is formed by the duplicature of the serous layer over the remnant of the lower part of the left superior vena cava (duct of Cuvier), which becomes obliterated during fetal life, and remains as a fibrous band stretching from the highest left intercostal vein to the left atrium, where it is continuous with a small cardiac vein, the vein of the left atrium (oblique vein of Marshall), which opens into the coronary sinus.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)