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Sappey's veins

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Several small veins that communicate with the portal vein and anastomose with the superior and inferior epigastric and the superior vesical veins in the region of the umbilicus. The superior vein of Sappey drains the upper portion of the falciform ligament and the medial part of the diaphragm and enters peripheral portal branches of the left hepatic lobe; it also communicates with branches of the superior epigastric or internal thoracic veins. The inferior vein of Sappey drains the lower portion of the falciform ligament and enters peripheral portal branches of the left hepatic lobe; it descends along the round ligament and communicates with branches of inferior epigastric veins around the navel.


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