left brachiocephalic vein


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left brachiocephalic vein

Etymology: ME, left, weak; Gk, brachys, short, kephale, head
a vessel about 6 cm long that starts in the root of the neck at the junction of the internal jugular and the subclavian veins on the left side and runs obliquely across the thorax to join the right brachiocephalic vein and form the superior vena cava. Also called left innominate vein. Compare right brachiocephalic vein.
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The thrombus from the left brachiocephalic vein also contained these atypical cells but the paratracheal hematoma did not.
After a discussion with the surgeon, it was decided that we should explore the left brachiocephalic vein.
It then continues up under the left brachiocephalic vein, feeding into the venous circulation at or near the junction of the internal jugular and left subclavian veins at the base of the neck (4).