Median cubital vein

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 26 Aug 2017

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.

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Cases and figures

  • 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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