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Left Colic Vein
Cardiovascular System

Left Colic Vein

Vena colica sinistra

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Quick Facts

Origin: Arises along the distal transverse colon and descending colon.

Course: Travels from left to right to join the inferior mesenteric vein.

Tributaries: Ascending and descending tributaries.

Drainage: Distal one third of transverse colon and descending colon.

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Origin

The left colic vein originates along the surface of the distal one third of the transverse colon and the descending colon.

Course

The ascending and descending branches of the left colic vein converge to form the left colic vein just medial to the descending colon. The left colic vein then travels from left to right to join the inferior mesenteric vein.

Tributaries

The left colic vein receives ascending and descending tributaries.

Structures Drained

The left colic vein drains the distal third of the transverse colon and descending colon.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Left hemicolectomy

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