Superior epigastric vein
|Vein: Superior epigastric vein|
|Superior epigastric artery, internal thoracic artery and inferior epigastric artery. (Superior epigastric artery is labeled at right center, and superior epigastric vein runs with it.)|
|Latin||venae epigastricae superiores|
|Drains from||abdominal wall and some of the diaphragm|
|Drains to||internal thoracic vein|
|Artery||superior epigastric artery|
In human anatomy, superior epigastric vein refers to a blood vessel that carries deoxygenated blood and drains into the internal thoracic vein. It anastomoses with the inferior epigastric vein at the level of the umbilicus and drains the anterior part of the abdominal wall and some of the diaphragm.
Along its course, it is accompanied by a similarly named artery, the superior epigastric artery.
- Gray's s173 - "Veins of the lower extremity, abdomen and pelvis"
- SUNY Figs 35:04-03 - "Incisions and the contents of the rectus sheath."