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Masseteric Vein (Left)
Cardiovascular System

Masseteric Vein (Left)

Vena masseterica

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Quick Facts

Origin: Masseter muscle.

Course: Accompanies the masseteric artery to reach the pterygoid plexus of veins in the infratemporal fossa.

Tributaries: None.

Drainage: Masseter muscle.

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Origin

The masseteric vein arises from the deep surface of the masseter muscle, between the muscle and the ramus of the mandible.

Course

The masseteric vein accompanies the corresponding masseteric artery (from the maxillary artery) and nerve (from the mandibular nerve). The vein ascends between the masseteric muscle and the ramus of the mandible. It passes over the mandibular notch and enters the infratemporal fossa to reach the pterygoid plexus of veins.

Tributaries

There are no named tributaries.

Structures Drained

The masseteric vein drains the masseter muscle.

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