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Deep Temporal Veins
Cardiovascular System

Deep Temporal Veins

Venae temporales profundae

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Quick Facts

Origin: Temporal region.

Course: Descend and drain into the pterygoid plexus.

Tributaries: None.

Drainage: Temporalis muscle and subcutaneous tissue in the temporal region.

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The deep temporal veins emerge from the temple region, deep to the temporalis muscle.


The deep temporal veins course inferiorly to reach the pterygoid plexus of veins.


There are no named tributaries; however, the deep temporal veins may form a venous web over the temple region by connecting with other tributaries of the middle temporal vein, including superciliary, zygomaticotemporal, and posterior deep temporal veins.

Structures Drained

The deep temporal veins drain the temporalis muscle and subcutaneous tissue.

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