jugular veins

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1. cervical (def. 1).
2. pertaining to a jugular vein.
3. a jugular vein.
jugular veins large veins that return blood to the heart from the head and neck; each side of the neck has two jugular veins, external and internal. The external jugular carries blood from the face, neck, and scalp and has two branches, posterior and anterior. The internal jugular vein receives blood from the brain, the deeper tissues of the neck and the interior of the skull. The external jugular vein empties into the subclavian vein, and the internal jugular vein joins it to form the brachiocephalic vein, which carries the blood to the superior vena cava, where it continues to the heart. If one of these veins is severed, rapid loss of blood will result and air may enter the circulatory system. In such a case, a compress should be applied to the wound with pressure. See anatomic Table of Veins in the Appendices and see color plates.
Location of the internal and external jugular veins. From Polaski and Tatro, 1996.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

an·te·ri·or jug·u·lar vein

vein that arises below the chin from veins draining the lower lip and mental region, descends in the anterior portion of the neck, coursing either superficial or deep to the investing cervical fascia to terminate in the external jugular vein at the lateral border of the scalenus anterior muscle.
Synonym(s): vena jugularis anterior [TA]
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jugular veins

The six main veins-the right and left internal and external jugulars and the front anterior jugulars-that run down the front and side of the neck, carrying blood back to the heart from the head. The internal jugulars are very large trunks containing blood at low pressure. The external and anterior jugulars are much smaller.
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In cases with an infection involving posterior lateral pharyngeal space, the thrombosed internal jugular vein (IJV) may not be palpable [4].
The clavicle is thereby surrounded by venous ring made up of the larger branch of cephalic vein anteriorly, the smaller branch draining into the axillary vein inferiorly, and the external jugular vein draining into the subclavian vein superomedially.
Contrast enhanced computed tomography (CT) of the thorax showed chronic occlusion of the left-sided central veins with the presence of a cervical collateral venous flow from the left to the right side reaching the nonoccluded right-sided central veins, specifically the confluence to the right innominate vein (IV) and, as part of the collateral circulation, a transverse connecting, in parts quite tortuous, and u-shape midline jugular vein measuring about 3 mm in diameter (Figure 1).
Hence, we designed our study to compare between landmark and ultrasound technique for the cannulation of right internal jugular vein with regard to safety, rapidity and feasibility.
In a recent study, by the means of repeated countered measure of the elliptical internal jugular vein, a significant risk of flow rate underestimation with the assumption of a cylindrical venous shape has been demonstrated,.
Venous access is an important issue for surgical patients who are obese.1,2 A central venous catheter may be necessary if there is difficulty finding viable peripheral venous access in the operative setting.2 The right internal jugular vein (IJV) is the vessel often used to place a central venous line.
External jugular vein aneurysm: A rare cause of neck swelling.
Duplication of the internal jugular vein (IJV) is very rare.
CASE REPORT: During routine dissection in a 50 year old male cadaver, an anomalous venous communication between external jugular vein and internal jugular vein on the right side is observed.
Anatomic relationship between the spinal accessory nerve and internal jugular vein in the upper neck.