Oblique vein of the left atrium

Oblique vein of the left atrium

Base and diaphragmatic surface of heart. (Oblique vein of the left atrium labeled at center left.)
Drains from left atrium
Drains to coronary sinus
Latin vena obliqua atrii sinistri
TA A12.3.01.007
FMA 4715

Anatomical terminology

The Oblique Vein of the Left Atrium (oblique vein of Marshall) is a small vessel which descends obliquely on the back of the left atrium and ends in the coronary sinus near its left extremity; it is continuous above with the ligament of the left vena cava (lig. venæ cavæ sinistræ vestigial fold of Marshall), and the two structures form the remnant of the left Cuvierian duct.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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