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Posterior External Vertebral Venous Plexus (Cervical)
Cardiovascular System

Posterior External Vertebral Venous Plexus (Cervical)

Plexus venosus vertebralis externus posterior

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Quick Facts

Origin: Posterior to the vertebral arches.

Course: Extends the entire length of the vertebral column.

Tributaries: Posterior internal vertebral venous plexus.

Drainage: Vertebrae and local tissue.

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Origin

The posterior external vertebral venous plexus is formed by a network of interconnecting vessels running posterior to the vertebral laminae, around and between the spinous process.

Course

The posterior external vertebral venous plexus is a valveless network located along the entire length of the spinal column.

Tributaries

The posterior external vertebral venous plexus communicates with the internal vertebral venous plexus and joins with the vertebral, posterior intercostal, and lumbar veins.

Structures Drained

The posterior external vertebral venous plexus drains the bony tissues and some soft tissues surrounding the spinous processes and laminae.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Arteriovenous malformation

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