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The inferior vena cava drains venous blood from the abdominal walls, liver, paired organs of the abdominal cavity, pelvic area and lower limbs. It is located in the retroperitoneal space and on the right side of the aorta.


In medicine, the inferior vena cava is also called by the nickname “black mamba” 🐍.This name comes from the fact that in case of its injury during surgery, the bleeding is so intensive and dangerous that without the ​timely intervention of a vascular surgeon👩‍⚕️, a fatal outcome is possible. It is the rapid development of the situation that resembles a black mamba bite, which is fatal if the patient is not hospitalized quickly.

Interesting facts from human medicine👩‍⚕️🏥

📌Blood vessels are: arteries, veins, capillaries, arterioles and venules

📌Their total length is about 100,000 kilometers.

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📌The total amount of blood in the human body is between 4 and 6 liters.During a natural (normal) childbirth, the mother loses about 500 milliliters of blood. During a cesarean birth, blood loss can reach up to 1 liter.

📌 During a blood tests, a blood sample is more often taken from a venous blood vessel. 

📌Veins do not pulsate. The movement of venous blood is affected by the contraction of skeletal muscles


Interesting facts from veterinary medicine👨‍⚕️🐕

📌Animals that are classified as “cold-blooded” are so called because their regulation of body temperature depends on the change in the environment. 

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📌Horned lizards are impressive not only for their camouflage, but also for their self-defence. When they feel threatened (most often attacked by coyotes), these amazing animals shoot blood out of their eyes.

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