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Mediastinal Veins (Right)
Cardiovascular System

Mediastinal Veins (Right)

Venae mediastinales

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Quick Facts

Origin: Anterior mediastinum.

Course: Superiorly to the brachiocephalic veins.

Tributaries: None.

Drainage: Contents of the anterior mediastinum.

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The mediastinal veins originate in the anterior mediastinum.


They ascend through the anterior and superior mediastinum, where they unite with the left and right brachiocephalic veins. However, they may also drain into the azygos vein or superior vena cava.


There are no named tributaries.

Structures Drained

The mediastinal veins drain structures of the anterior and superior mediastinum including, mediastinal lymph nodes, areolar tissue (fat), pericardium, and thymus.

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