Retromandibular vein

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Vein: Posterior facial vein
Veins of the head and neck
(retromandibular vein visible at center).
Dissection, showing salivary glands of right side (retromandibular vein visible at bottom center).
Latin Vena retromandibularis,
vena facialis posterior
Gray's p.646
Source Superficial temporal vein,
maxillary veins
Drains to External jugular vein
Artery Facial artery

The retromandibular vein (temporomaxillary vein, posterior facial vein), formed by the union of the superficial temporal and maxillary veins, descends in the substance of the parotid gland, superficial to the external carotid artery but beneath the facial nerve, between the ramus of the mandible and the sternocleidomastoideus muscle.

It divides into two branches:

Parrot's sign is a sensation of pain when pressure is applied to the retromandibular region.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.