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International Journal of Morphology

On-line version ISSN 0717-9502

Abstract

PANAGOULI, Eleni; TSARAKLIS, Athanasios; GAZOULI, Ioanna  and  VENIERATOS, Dionyssios. An Unusual Termination of Seven Veins in the Jugulo-Subclavian Junction. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2009, vol.27, n.4, pp.1257-1260. ISSN 0717-9502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022009000400046.

During anatomical dissection of a female Caucasian cadaver in our department, we observed an unusual termination of seven veins at the jugulo-subclavian junction. Normally, the jugulo-subclavian junction is formed by the union of the internal jugular vein and the subclavian vein, and gives rise to the brachionocephalic vein. In our case, except from these two, five additional veins, namely the cephalic vein, the transverse cervical vein, the external jugular vein, the anterior jugular vein, and the vertebral vein, were also joined at the level of the jugulo-subclavian junction, in order to form the brachionocephalic vein. Such a variation has not yet been reported in the literature.

Keywords : Subclavian vein; Brachiocephalic vein; Cephalic vein; Interior jugular vein; External jugular vein.

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