Accessory cephalic vein

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Vein: Accessory cephalic vein
Superficial veins of the upper limb. (Accessory cephalic labeled at center left.)
Latin vena cephalica accessoria
Gray's subject #172 662
Source dorsal venous network of hand
Drains to cephalic vein
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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

The accessory cephalic vein arises either from a small tributory plexus on the back of the forearm or from the ulnar side of the dorsal venous net-work; it joins the cephalic below the elbow.

In some cases the accessory cephalic springs from the cephalic above the wrist and joins it again higher up.

A large oblique branch frequently connects the basilic and cephalic veins on the back of the forearm.

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