Angular vein

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Angular vein
Veins of the head and neck (angular visible at center right.)
Veins of orbit.
Supraorbital vein
Drains to Facial vein
Artery Angular artery
Latin Vena angularis
TA A12.3.05.019
FMA 50893
Anatomical terminology

The angular vein is the upper most segment of the facial vein, above its junction with the superior labial vein. It is formed by the junction of the supratrochlear vein and supraorbital vein, runs obliquely downward by the side of the nose, passes under zygomaticus major and joins with the superior labial vein.

The angular vein is linked with the cavernous sinus by the superior and inferior ophthalmic veins which are devoid of valves. It receives the lateral nasal veins from the ala of the nose, and the inferior palpebral vein.

Clinical significance[edit]

Any infection of the mouth or face can spread via the angular veins to the cavernous sinuses resulting in thrombosis.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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