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Sternocleidomastoid Vein (Right)
Cardiovascular System

Sternocleidomastoid Vein (Right)

Vena sternocleidomastoidea

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Quick Facts

Origin: Sternocleidomastoid muscle.

Course: Courses parallel to the sternocleidomastoid artery to traverse over the hypoglossal nerve and drain into internal jugular vein.

Tributaries: None.

Drainage: Sternocleidomastoid muscle.

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The sternocleidomastoid vein originates from the sternocleidomastoid muscle.


The sternocleidomastoid vein runs parallel to the sternocleidomastoid artery, which arises from the occipital artery proximal to the crossing point of the hypoglossal nerve over the occipital artery.


There are no named tributaries.

Structures Drained

The sternocleidomastoid vein drains venous blood from the sternocleidomastoid muscle tissue and eventually drains into the internal jugular vein.

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A venous sinus is a vein with a thin wall of endothelium that is devoid of smooth muscle to regulate its diameter.

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