Inferior thyroid veins
|Vein: Inferior thyroid veins|
|Inferior thyroid veins visible at center.|
|Latin||vena thyroidea inferioris|
|Gray's||subject #172 666|
|Drains from||thyroid gland|
|Drains to||brachiocephalic vein|
|Artery||inferior thyroid artery|
From this plexus, a left vein descends and joins the left innominate trunk, and a right vein passes obliquely downward and to the right across the innominate artery to open into the right innominate vein, just at its junction with the superior vena cava; sometimes the right and left veins open by a common trunk in the latter situation.
These veins receive esophageal tracheal, and inferior laryngeal veins, and are provided with valves at their terminations in the innominate veins.
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