Veins of the axilla
|Insertion:||Drains into the subclavian vein|
|Venous drainage:||upper limb|
|Search for Axillary vein in Gray's.|
The axillary vein begins as a continuation of the basilic vein as it passes beneath the lower border of teres major into the axilla. The vein expands as it ascends, ending at the outer border of the first rib to become the subclavian vein. It lies medial to the axillary artery, with the medial cord of the brachial plexus, the median nerve, the ulnar nerve and the medial pectoral nerve between the two vessels. It receives the cephalic vein shortly before it becomes the subclavian vein.
- Cephalic vein
- Brachial vein
- Venae commitantes to correspond with the branches of the axillary artery