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Anterior Vertebral Vein (Right)
Cardiovascular System

Anterior Vertebral Vein (Right)

Vena vertebralis anterior

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Quick Facts

Origin: Around the transverse processes of the upper cervical vertebrae.

Course: Descends in the neck to drain into the vertebral vein.

Tributaries: Anterior external vertebral venous plexus.

Drainage: Vertebral column.

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Origin

The anterior vertebral vein begins in the upper neck, as a venous plexus around the transverse processes of the cervical vertebrae.

Course

The anterior vertebral vein descends in the neck, anterior to the transverse processes of the cervical vertebrae, close to the attachments of the scalenus anterior and longus capitis muscles. It is accompanied by the ascending cervical artery. The anterior vertebral vein drains into the vertebral vein.

Tributaries

The anterior vertebral vein receives tributaries from the anterior external vertebral venous plexus.

Structures Drained

The anterior vertebral vein drains the vertebral column.

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