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Accessory Cephalic Vein

Medically reviewed by: Stephanie Curreli, MD, PhD
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2015

The accessory cephalic vein can arise from one of two places in the arm. In most cases, it goes along the forearm’s radial border and meets up with the cephalic vein at the elbow. Sometimes it branches off from the cephalic vein just above the wrist and then meets up with it again at the elbow.