Posterior external jugular vein

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Posterior external jugular vein
The vertebral vein. (Posterior external jugular labeled at center left.)
LatinVena jugularis posterior
Anatomical terminology

The posterior external jugular vein begins in the occipital region and returns the blood from the skin and superficial muscles in the upper and back part of the neck, lying between the Splenius and Trapezius.

It runs down the back part of the neck, and opens into the external jugular vein just below the middle of its course.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 647 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)