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A Visual Analogy Guide to Human Anatomy 4th Edition

A Visual Analogy Guide to Human Anatomy (4th Edition)

Book Edition4th Edition
PublisherMorton Publishing
Overview of General Circulatory Pathways
Figure Questions
Arteries, Arterioles, Capillaries, Venules, and Veins
Veins of the Right Upper Limb and Shoulder

Chapter 12, External Structure and Coronary Circulation, Figure Questions, Exercise B1

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This large vein receives blood from the upper extremities of the body.


The superior vena cava is a large vein that transports deoxygenated blood from the parts of the body that lie superior to the diaphragm (e.g., the head, neck, upper arms) to the right atrium. The superior vena cava is formed by the brachiocephalic or innominate veins, which receive blood from the upper limbs. It then passes downward and posterior to the second and third intercostal spaces where it receives the azygos vein before it enters the pericardium [1].


Work Cited

White, Hunter J., and Michael P. Soos. Anatomy, Thorax, Superior Vena Cava. NCBI StatPearls [Internet], 2019,

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Superior vena cava

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