- Deep veins:
- Follow the paths of companion arteries
- Have the same names as the companion arteries
- Most are actually two parallel veins that sandwich their artery
and superficial palmar veins
of the hand empty into the radial
and ulnar veins
of the forearm, which unite inferior to the elbow to form the brachial vein
of the arm. The brachial vein becomes the axillary vein
as it reaches the axilla, which becomes the subclavian vein
at the first rib.
- Superficial veins
- • Visible beneath the skin; larger than deep veins
- • Frequently form anastomese
- • Median cubital vein is used to obtain blood or administer IV fluids
The dorsal venous network (veins on dorsal side of hand) drains superiorly into the cephalic vein
, which extends anterolaterally (anterior and lateral) all the way up to join the axillary vein.
The basilic vein
arises from the medial aspect of the hand's dorsal venous network and ascends posteriomedially along the forearm and anteromedially along the arm, joining the brachial vein to become the axillary vein.
The median cubital vein
connects the basilic and cephalic veins along the inner elbow