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Mental Vein (Left)
Cardiovascular System

Mental Vein (Left)

Vena mentalis

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Quick Facts

Origin: Union of small veins around the mental region.

Course: Passes through the mental foramen and combines with an incisive branch to ascend as the inferior alveolar vein inside the mandibular canal.

Tributaries: None.

Drainage: Facial muscles in the mental region and overlying subcutaneous tissues.

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Origin

The mental vein forms from a small network of superficial veins over the mental protuberance.

Course

The mental vein passes through the mental foramen to enter the mandible. Here, it combines with an incisive branch to form the inferior alveolar nerve, which ascends inside the mandibular canal.

Tributaries

There are no named tributaries.

Structures Drained

The mental vein drains the facial muscles in the mental region and the overlying subcutaneous tissues.

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