azygous vein


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Related to azygous vein: thoracic duct, hemiazygos vein
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Noun1.azygous vein - one of a system of veins that drain the thoracic and abdominal wallsazygous vein - one of a system of veins that drain the thoracic and abdominal walls; arises as a continuation of the right ascending lumbar vein and terminates in the superior vena cava
vein, vena, venous blood vessel - a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart; "all veins except the pulmonary vein carry unaerated blood"
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Lumbar veins drain blood from the abdominal wall and vertebral venous plexus into the inferior vena cava, ascending lumbar veins, renal veins, or lumbar azygous vein.
4) Shunts most commonly drain to the inferior vena cava, but drainage can be to the renal veins, iliac veins, azygous vein or the right atrium.
4,8) The possible complications of surgery may include the possibility of esophageal perforation, leak, injury to the azygous vein, vagal nerve, or sympathetic trunk, and esophageal stenosis or diverticula, and a risk of recurrence in case of incomplete excision.