hemiazygos vein

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hem·i·az·y·gos vein

[TA]
formed by the merger of the left ascending lumbar vein with the left subcostal vein or a communication from the inferior vena cava, it pierces the left crus of the diaphragm, ascends along the left side of the bodies of the lower thoracic vertebrae, opposite the eighth vertebra, crosses the midline posterior to the aorta, thoracic duct, and esophagus, and empties into the azygos vein, sometimes in common with the accessory hemiazygos vein.

hem·i·a·zy·gos vein

(hem'ē-ā-zī'gŏs vān) [TA]
Formed by the merger of the left ascending lumbar vein with the left subcostal vein or a communication from the inferior vena cava, it pierces the left crus of the diaphragm, ascends along the left side of the bodies of the lower thoracic vertebrae, opposite the eighth vertebra, crosses the midline behind the aorta, thoracic duct, and esophagus, and empties into the azygos vein, sometimes in common with the accessory hemiazygos vein.

hemiazygos vein

A vein running along the back wall of the lower thorax on the left side of the thoracic aorta. At the level of the eighth thoracic vertebra, the hemiazygos vein bends to the right, runs behind the aorta, and empties into the azygos vein. Tributaries to the hemiazygos vein include the left bronchial, left lower intercostal, left subcostal, and left ascending lumbar veins; often, there is a caudal anastomosis with the left renal vein. The patterns and interconnections of the azygos, hemiazygos, and accessory azygos veins are variable.
See also: vein
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