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Posterior Superior Pancreaticoduodenal Vein
Cardiovascular System

Posterior Superior Pancreaticoduodenal Vein

Vena pancreaticoduodenalis superior posterior

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Quick Facts

Origin: Dorsal superior surface duodenum and head of the pancreas.

Course: Circular course along the dorsal surface of the pancreas, where it typically drains into the hepatic portal vein directly.

Tributaries: Venous arcades.

Drainage: Dorsal superior aspect of the head of pancreas and duodenum.

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Origin

The posterior superior pancreaticoduodenal vein arises along the dorsal surface of the pancreatic head and duodenum.

Course

The posterior superior pancreaticoduodenal vein has a circular course along the dorsal surface of the superior pancreatic head and duodenum. Typically, it will travel from right to left to ultimately drain into the hepatic portal vein (Standring, 2016).

Tributaries

The posterior superior pancreaticoduodenal vein receives small venous arcades.

Structures Drained

The posterior superior pancreaticoduodenal vein drains the dorsal surface of the distal first and second portion of the duodenum and the dorsal surface of the pancreatic head.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Whipple procedure

References

Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41 edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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