Posterior auricular vein

The posterior auricular vein begins upon the side of the head, in a plexus which communicates with the tributaries of the occipital vein and superficial temporal veins.

Posterior auricular vein
Veins of the head and neck. (Posterior auricular visible behind ear.)
Lateral head anatomy detail
Drains fromScalp
Drains toExternal jugular vein
ArteryPosterior auricular artery
LatinVena auricularis posterior
Anatomical terminology

It descends behind the auricula, and joins the posterior division of the posterior facial vein to form the external jugular vein.

It receive the stylomastoid vein, and some tributaries from the cranial surface of the auricula.


  • This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 646 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)
  • lesson4 at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (parotid2)

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.