Supreme intercostal vein

The supreme intercostal vein (highest intercostal vein) is a paired vein that drains the first intercostal space on its corresponding side.

Supreme intercostal vein
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Intercostal spaces, viewed from the left. (Highest intercostal vein labeled at upper right.)
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The venæ cavæ and azygos veins, with their tributaries. (Highest intercostal labeled, very faintly, written vertically, to the right of the aortic arch.)
Details
Drains tobrachiocephalic vein
Arteryintercostal arteries
Identifiers
Latinvena intercostalis suprema
TA98A12.3.04.023
TA24791
FMA4744
Anatomical terminology

It usually drains into the brachiocephalic vein.[1] Alternatively, it drains into the superior intercostal vein, or the vertebral vein of its corresponding side.

Clinical significanceEdit

This vein does not have valves, this is an important point when it comes to spread of cancerous secondaries.

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