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Suprascapular Vein
Cardiovascular System

Suprascapular Vein

Vena suprascapularis

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Quick Facts

Origin: Union of veins in the supraspinous fossa of scapula.

Course: Accompanies the suprascapular artery.

Tributaries: None.

Drainage: Supraspinatus muscle.

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The suprascapular vein forms by the union of small tributaries on the supraspinous fossa of the scapula.


The suprascapular vein accompanies its corresponding artery. It passes superior to the superior transverse ligament, continuing medially, deep to the inferior belly of omohyoid muscle. It traverses the anterior aspect of the scalenus anterior muscle and deep to the sternocleidomastoid muscle to drain into the external jugular vein.


There are no named tributaries of the suprascapular vein; however, it does for an anastomosis with the transverse cervical and circumflex scapular veins.

Structures Drained

The suprascapular vein drains the supraspinatus muscle and surrounding tissue.

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Vein is a secreted ligand for the Drosophila EGFR receptor homolog (EGFR), and EGFR-mediated activation of the Ras/MAP kinase pathway is essential for longitduinal glial cell survival (Hidalgo et al., 2001).

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