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Anterior Inferior Pancreaticoduodenal Vein
Cardiovascular System

Anterior Inferior Pancreaticoduodenal Vein

Vena pancreaticoduodenale inferior anterior

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Quick Facts

Origin: Ventral inferior portion of the duodenum, pancreatic head, and uncinate process.

Course: Travels from right to left eventually drain into the superior mesenteric vein.

Tributaries: Venous arcades.

Drainage: Ventral duodenum, pancreatic head, and pancreatic uncinate process.

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Origin

The anterior inferior pancreaticoduodenal vein arises from the ventral surface of the duodenum, pancreatic head, and uncinate process.

Course

From its origin, the anterior inferior pancreaticoduodenal vein travels from right to left along the curvature of the duodenum and pancreatic head and uncinate process to drain directly into the superior mesenteric vein. Occasionally, the anterior and posterior branches may merge to form a singular interior pancreaticoduodenal vein prior to draining into the superior mesenteric vein.

Tributaries

The anterior inferior pancreaticoduodenal vein receives small venous arcades.

Structures Drained

The anterior inferior pancreaticoduodenal vein drains the ventral surface of the second and third portion of the duodenum and the ventral surface of the pancreatic head and uncinate process.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Whipple procedure

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