Median cubital vein

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The median cubital vein is the superficial vein overlying the bicipital aponeurosis in the roof of the cubital fossa, commonly cannulated for intravenous access. It variably forms as either a H or M type pattern joining the median antebrachial, basilic and cephalic veins. If a M-shaped pattern, each limb of the vein may be described as median cephalic and median basilic veins separately.

Upper limb anatomy
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Article information

rID: 55211
System: Vascular
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • median cephalic vein

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    Figure 1: upper limb veins: diagram
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    Figure 2; superficial veins of the upper limb (Gray's illustration)
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