Posterior intercostal veins

posterior intercostal veins

veins draining the intercostal spaces posteriorly; those of the first 1-C space drain into the brachiocephalic veins; from spaces 2-3 they drain into right and left superior intercostal veins; from the fourth to the eleventh spaces on the right they are tributaries of the azygos vein; on the left they empty into either the hemiazygos or accessory hemiazygos veins.

Synonym: venae intercostales posteriores.

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