Venous drainage of the upper limb

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 21 Apr 2023

The venous drainage of the upper limb is highly variable, however the anatomy by which the veins drain the upper limb can be broadly divided into superficial and deep venous systems 1.

Similar to those in the lower limbs, the deep veins are usually paired and run either side of the arteries, termed venae comitantes 1.

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