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Left Gastric Vein
Cardiovascular System

Left Gastric Vein

Vena gastrica sinistra

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Quick Facts

Origin: Arises along the lesser curvature of the stomach.

Course: Travels posterior and medial from lesser curvature of the stomach to the portal vein.

Tributaries: Lower esophageal veins.

Drainage: Lesser curvature of the stomach and distal esophagus.

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Origin

The left gastric vein originates along the lesser curvature of the stomach.

Course

The left gastric vein ascends along the lesser curvature of the stomach towards the gastroesophageal junction. Then it turns posterior and medial towards to the liver. The left gastric vein typically drains into the hepatic portal vein but can also drain into the splenic vein or rarely, directly into the left branch of the hepatic portal vein.

Tributaries

The left gastric vein receives the lower esophageal veins.

Structures Drained

The left gastric vein drains the distal esophagus and the upper body and fundus of the stomach.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Gastrectomy

- Gastric lymphadenectomy

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The left gastric vein ascends along the lesser curvature, accepts tributaries from descending esophageal veins, and continues inferiorly posterior to the peritoneum of the lesser sac to empty directly into the portal vein.

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