facial vein


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fa·cial vein

[TA]
a continuation of the angular vein at the medial angle of the eye; it passes inferolaterally, uniting with the retromandibular vein below the border of the lower jaw before emptying into the internal jugular vein.

facial vein

one of a pair of superficial veins that drain deoxygenated blood from the superficial structures of the face. The facial vein anastomoses with the cavernous sinus through various veins, such as the angular, the supraorbital, and the superior ophthalmic. Because the vein has no valves that prevent the backflow of blood, infections of the skin near the nose and mouth may progress into deeper tissues and lead to meningitis. Blood-borne organisms can reach the cavernous sinus through the anastomoses.

fa·cial vein

(fā'shăl vān) [TA]
A continuation of the angular vein at the medial angle of the eye; it passes diagonally downward and outward, uniting with the retromandibular vein below the border of the lower jaw before emptying into the internal jugular vein.

fa·cial vein

(fā'shăl vān) [TA]
Continuation of angular vein at medial angle of eye; passes inferolaterally, uniting with retromandibular vein below border of lower jaw before emptying into internal jugular vein.
Synonym(s): anterior facial vein.
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Anatomical variations in termination of common facial vein.
Neville (15), in the case of internal jugular vein ligation during radical neck dissection, collateral drainage develops through oblique jugular vein from facial vein into the external jugular vein.
Kopuz, described an unusual course of the facial vein which joined the retromandibular vein at a higher level in the parotid gland on the right side of the face Choudhry found that the termination of the facial vein in the external jugular vein occurs in 5% of the individuals.
The vascular supply to the gland is coagulated and ligated while both the facial artery and the posterior facial vein are preserved.
Human facial expressions regulate the flow of blood through facial veins and, in turn, influence brain temperature, Zajonc contends.