inferior vena cava

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 [ve´nah] (pl. ve´nae) (L.)
vein (see also Appendix 2-6).
vena ca´va the inferior vena cava and superior vena cava considered as a unit. See Appendix 2-6.
inferior vena cava the venous trunk for the lower extremities and the pelvic and abdominal viscera; it empties into the right atrium of the heart. See Appendix 2-6.
superior vena cava the venous trunk draining blood from the head, neck, upper extremities, and chest; it empties into the right atrium of the heart. See Appendix 2-6.

inferior vena cava

the large vein that returns deoxygenated blood to the heart from parts of the body below the diaphragm. It is formed by the junction of the two common iliac veins to the right of the fifth lumbar vertebra and ascends along the vertebral column, pierces the diaphragm, and opens into the right atrium of the heart. As it passes through the diaphragm, it receives a covering of serous pericardium. The inferior vena cava contains a semilunar valve that is rudimentary in the adult but very large and important in the fetus. The vessel receives blood from the two common iliacs, the lumbar veins, and the testicular veins. Compare superior vena cava.
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Inferior vena cava and its tributaries

in·fer·i·or ve·na ca·va

(IVC) (in-fēr'ē-ŏr vē'nă kā'vă)
Receives the blood from the lower limbs and the greater part of the pelvic and abdominal organs; it begins at the level of the fifth lumbar vertebra on the right side by the merger of the right and left common iliac veins, pierces the diaphragm at the level of the eighth thoracic vertebra, and empties into the posteroinferior aspect of the right atrium of the heart.
Synonym(s): postcava.

inferior vena cava

The largest vein in the body, carrying blood from the lower half of the body to the right atrium of the heart. See also SUPERIOR VENA CAVA.

Inferior vena cava

The biggest vein in the body, returning blood to the heart from the lower half of the body.


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Colvin, "Left sided inferior vena cava duplication and venous thromboembolism: case report and review of literature," Journal of Hematology & Oncology, vol.
Baeshko AA, Zhuk HV, Ulezko EA, Goresckaya IV, Oganova EG, Dudarev VS, Orlovski YN (2007) Congenital Anomalies of the Inferior Vena Cava and their Clinical Manifestation.
Inferior vena cava and right atrial thrombosis in children with nephroblastoma: diagnostic and therapeutic problems.
Postpartum ovarian vein thrombosis: Diagnosis by clot protrusion into the inferior vena cava at sonography.
A 7 mm incision to a rabbit's inferior vena cava can be fatal, but by applying nanosheets to the bleeding area, we succeeded in quick hemostasis in all the rabbits (wounds to the lungs, digestive tract and the brain's arachnoid membrane can also be simply covered by applying nanosheets).
When the gynecologist used the robot to lift a lymph fat pad, the inferior vena cava was injured and the patient lost 3 L of blood.
In patients with atrial septal defect, following closure of ASD with pericard patch under "cardiopulmonary bypass" the anomalous pulmonary vein seperated from the inferior vena cava is anastomosed with the left atrium using a "polytetrafluoroethylene" (Gore-Tex) graft (10, 12).
1hree days later he developed a pulmonary embolism and had a filter placed in his inferior vena cava.
1) In this patient population congenital absence of inferior vena cava (CAIVC) is an anomaly which has been recognized as a rare inherited risk factor for DVT.

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