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.
- - "Veins of the lower extremity, abdomen and pelvis"
- - "Incisions and the contents of the rectus sheath."
- - "Venous Drainage of the Anterior Abdominal Wall"