An anomalous left external jugular vein draining into right subclavian vein

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Knowledge of the varying drainage patterns of superficial veins of head & neck, in particular, jugular veins are not only important for anatomists but also for the surgeons operating at this level and to clinicians in general. The variations are important also for interventional radiologists, who perform trans-jugular procedures, such as port implantations and trans-jugular intra-hepatic porto-systemic shunts or selective venous samplings. Results of recent studies report that the superficial veins, especially the external jugular vein, have been increasingly utilized for cannulation to conduct diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. We report a very unusual left-sided presentation of external jugular vein in an embalmed male cadaver. Embryological evaluations of the anomaly was done & compared with available literature, which showed that the observed variation is rare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-462
Number of pages2
JournalBratislava Medical Journal
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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