Ascending lumbar communicant vein

The ascending lumbar communicant vein is a communication between the left ascending lumbar vein and the left renal vein. Because of its retroperitoneal location, when dilated, it may be mistaken for a lymph node on non-contrast studies with thick collimation.

The image shows the left renal vein in yellow, the ascending lumbar communicant vein in red, and the lumbar vein in blue.

Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
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Article information

rID: 6975
System: Vascular
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • The Ascending Lumbar Communicant Vein

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