Get access

An Interesting Clinical Case: Variant of the Cephalic Vein Emptying into the Internal Jugular Vein


Address correspondence to: Craig Lum, DO, Ladenheim Dialysis Access Centers, 6153 North Thesta Street, Fresno, CA 93710, Tel.: 559-435-1516; Fax: 559-436-8193, or e-mail:


This case report describes a 45-year-old patient who was referred to our center for surgical creation of long-term vascular access. Angiographic mapping revealed the left cephalic vein draining directly into the internal jugular vein rather than the axillary vein. The patient was scheduled for an ulnar artery to cephalic vein fistula.