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Greater Palatine Vein (Left)
Cardiovascular System

Greater Palatine Vein (Left)

Vena palatina major

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Quick Facts

Origin: Hard palate.

Course: Passes through the greater palatine foramina in the hard palate and ascend through the palatine canal in the maxilla to reach the pterygoid plexus of veins in the infratemporal fossa.

Tributaries: Lesser palatine veins.

Drainage: Hard palate and gingiva.

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Origin

The greater palatine veins arise from the lateral margins of the hard palate.

Course

The greater palatine veins pass through the greater palatine foramina in the posterolateral angle of the hard palate. These accompany their corresponding arterial palatine branches from the maxillary artery and ascend through the palatine canal in the maxilla. Here, they join with the lesser palatine veins which course through the lesser palatine foramina to enter the palatine canal. The palatine veins drain into the pterygoid plexus of veins inside the infratemporal fossa.

Tributaries

The greater palatine vein receives a lesser palatine vein in the palatine canal.

Structures Drained

The greater palatine vein drains the hard palate and the gingiva.

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