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Posterior Auricular Vein
Cardiovascular System

Posterior Auricular Vein

Vena auricularis posterior

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Quick Facts

Origin: Behind the ear, superficial to the temporal fascia.

Course: Descends behind the ear towards the lower pole of the parotid gland.

Tributaries: Stylomastoid vein.

Drainage: Assists with the draining of the muscles and skin of the scalp behind the ear.

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Origin

The posterior auricular vein arises as a single channel, from a small parietooccipital plexus of veins on the side of the head and superficial to the temporal fascia.

Course

The posterior auricular vein descends behind the ear and joins with the posterior division of the retromandibular vein to form the external jugular vein.

Tributaries

There are no named tributaries; however, the posterior auricular vein forms an anastomosis with tributaries of the occipital and the superficial temporal veins. Along its descent, the posterior auricular vein may also receive tributaries from the stylomastoid vein and from the auricle.

Structures Drained

The posterior auricular vein assists with the draining of the muscles and skin of the scalp behind the ear.

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