external jugular vein


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ex·ter·nal jug·u·lar vein

[TA]
superficial vein formed inferior to the parotid gland by the junction of the posterior auricular vein and the retromandibular vein, and passing down the side of the neck crossing to the sternocleidomastoid muscle vertically to empty into the subclavian vein.
Synonym(s): vena jugularis externa [TA]

external jugular vein

the more superficial and lateral of a pair of large vessels on each side of the neck that receive most of the blood from the exterior of the cranium and the deep tissues of the face. Compare internal jugular vein.
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external jugular vein

A vein that drains blood from the scalp and face; it arises from the merger of the posterior facial and posterior auricular veins behind the angle of the mandible. The external jugular vein runs superficially down the neck, crossing the sternocleidomastoid muscle, to drain into the subclavian vein. Tributaries of the external jugular vein include the posterior external jugular, transverse cervical, suprascapular, and anterior jugular veins.
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Abnormal formation and communication of external jugular vein.
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1) Aneurysm of the external jugular vein is rare and very few cases have been reported in the literature to date.
4) In the course of normal development, the deep parts of cephalic venous ring along the medial end of the clavicle forms the subclavian vein and receives the external jugular vein as a tributary.
2] Every effort must be made to preserve the patency of the carotid artery and internal jugular vein, whereas smaller vessels such as the external jugular vein can be safely ligated.
So we kept the diagnosis of idiopathic isolated External Jugular Vein Thrombosis.
At the level of C6, the brachial plexus lies within the interscalene space beneath the external jugular vein and the sternocleidomastoid muscle.
External jugular vein formed by the union of posterior division of the retromandibular vein and the posterior auricular vein, begins at the angle of the mandible and descends obliquely, superficial to the sternocleidomastoid muscle to drain into the subclavian vein.
Boord said that both the internal and external jugular veins of the victim were cut as Fang had suffered "an extremely serious injury.
Congestive Heart Failure-- External jugular veins may be distended.

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