posterior auricular vein


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pos·te·ri·or au·ric·u·lar vein

[TA]
vein that drains the region posterior to the ear and then merges with the retromandibular vein to form the external jugular vein.
Synonym(s): vena auricularis posterior [TA]
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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.
The external jugular vein is formed by the posterior division of the retromandibular vein and the posterior auricular vein.
The posterior auricular vein was draining into the retromandibular vein before it divided into anterior and posterior divisions.
In its usual course, the posterior division of the retromandibular vein unites with the posterior auricular vein to form the external jugular vein.
While the posterior division unites with posterior auricular vein to form external jugular vein that drains into subclavian vein.
As per the standard description EJV begins in the substance of the parotid gland by the union of posterior division of RMV (posterior facial) and the posterior auricular veins or by a single one or some combination of these and the facial, maxillary or other veins near the mandibular angle (Hollinshead,1968).

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