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Right Superior Pulmonary Vein
Cardiovascular System

Right Superior Pulmonary Vein

Vena pulmonalis dextra superior

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Quick Facts

Origin: Union of pulmonary segmental veins.

Course: From the right lung to the right posterosuperior aspect of the left atrium.

Tributaries: Anterior, apical, posterior, and middle lobe veins.

Drainage: Superior and middle lobe of right lung.

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Origin

The right superior pulmonary vein is formed by the union of the segmental veins in the superior and middle lobes of the right lung.

Course

As the right superior pulmonary vein exits the hilum of the right lung, it sits anterior to the right main bronchus and inferior to the right pulmonary artery. It travels medially to pierce the fibrous pericardium and drains into the posterosuperior aspect of the left atrium.

Tributaries

The anterior, apical, posterior, and middle lobe veins drain into the right superior pulmonary vein.

Structures Drained

The right superior pulmonary vein is responsible for the venous drainage of oxygenated blood from the superior and middle lobes of the right lung.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Pulmonary vein atresia

- Anomalous pulmonary venous connection

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