A superficial vein of the upper limb that communicates with the basilic vein via the median cubital vein at the elbow and is located in the superficial fascia along the anterolateral surface of the biceps brachii muscle. Superiorly the cephalic vein passes between the deltoid and pectoralis major muscles and through the deltopectoral triangle, where it empties into the axillary vein. It is often visible through the skin, and its location in the deltopectoral groove is fairly consistent, making this site a good candidate for cannulation. It is often referred to as the 'House-man's Friend' for this reason and is generally a good place for cannulaton when a large bore cannula needs to be sited. [WP,modified]. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephalic_vein ]

Synonyms: vena cephalica antebrachii cephalic vein of forearm

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latin term
vena cephalica antebrachii [ FMA:13324 FMA:TA ]

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vena cephalica