External iliac vein
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The external iliac vein is considered to begin posterior to the inguinal ligament within the lacuna vasorum 1, as a continuation of the femoral vein. It is a valveless vein, in most people 3, and therefore may be used as a central vein for the purposes of measuring right atrial pressures.
- proximal: crossed anteriorly by ureter, internal iliac artery
The left external iliac vein is medial to left external iliac artery throughout course. On the right, the vein begins medially and becomes posterior to the external iliac artery proximally.
- 1. Cornelius Rosse, Penelope Gaddum-Rosse, William Henry Hollinshead. Hollinshead's Textbook of Anatomy. (1997)
- 2. Susan Standring. Gray's Anatomy E-Book. (2015-08-07) ISBN: 9780702068515
- 3. Caggiati A. The venous valves of the lower limbs. (2013) Phlebolymphology 20 (2): 87. https://www.phlebolymphology.org/the-venous-valves-of-the-lower-limbs/