Posterior auricular artery
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|Posterior auricular artery|
The arteries of the face and scalp. (Posterior auricular visible slightly below ear.)
Superficial dissection of the right side of the neck, showing the carotid and subclavian arteries.
|Source||external carotid artery|
|Vein||posterior auricular vein|
|Supplies||scalp posterior to the auricle and to the auricle itself|
|Latin||arteria auricularis posterior|
It ascends posteriorly beneath the parotid gland, along the styloid process of the temporal bone, between the cartilage of the ear and the mastoid process of the temporal bone along the lateral side of the head. The posterior auricular artery gives off the stylomastoid artery, small branches to the auricle, and supplies blood to the scalp posterior to the auricle.