Retromandibular vein

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Vein: Posterior facial vein
Veins of the head and neck. (Post. facial visible at center.)
Dissection, showing salivary glands of right side. (Post. facial vein visible at bottom center.)
Latin vena retromandibularis, vena facialis posterior
Gray's subject #167 646
Source superficial temporal vein, maxillary veins
Drains to external jugular vein
Artery facial artery
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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

The retromandibular vein (temporomaxillary vein, posterior facial vein), formed by the union of the superficial temporal and internal 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:

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