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It lies in front and to the right of the innominate artery; on its right side are the phrenic nerve and the pleura, which are interposed between it and the apex of the lung. This vein, at its commencement, receives the right vertebral vein; and,
Henry Gray (1825–1861).  Anatomy of the Human Body.  1918.
 
of the first rib, close to the right border of the sternum, to form the superior vena cava.


FIG. 577– The venæ cavæ and azygos veins, with their tributaries. (See enlarged image)


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