Inferior mesenteric vein

Inferior mesenteric vein

The portal vein and its tributaries. The superior mesenteric vein and splenic vein, into which the inferior mesenteric vein empties. Leinal vein is an old term for splenic vein. Anatomical position.

Superior and inferior duodenal fossæ.
Drains to splenic vein
Artery inferior mesenteric artery
Latin vena mesenterica inferior
TA A12.3.12.032
FMA 15391

Anatomical terminology

In human anatomy, the inferior mesenteric vein (IMV) is a blood vessel that drains blood from the large intestine. It usually terminates when reaching the splenic vein, which goes on to form the portal vein with the superior mesenteric vein (SMV). Anatomical variations include the IMV draining into the confluence of the SMV and splenic vein and the IMV draining in the SMV.


Tributaries of the inferior mesenteric vein drain the large intestine, sigmoid colon and rectum and include the

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