Retromandibular vein

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Posterior facial vein
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Veins of the head and neck
(retromandibular vein visible at center).
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Dissection, showing salivary glands of right side (retromandibular vein visible at bottom center).
Details
Latin Vena retromandibularis,
vena facialis posterior
Source
Superficial temporal vein,
maxillary veins
Drains to
External jugular vein
Facial artery
Identifiers
Gray's p.646
Dorlands
/Elsevier
v_05/12851638
TA A12.3.05.031
FMA FMA:50928
Anatomical terminology

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.