retromandibular vein


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Noun1.retromandibular vein - posterior branch of the facial vein; formed by temporal veins in front of the ear
facial vein, vena facialis - any of several veins draining the face
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The parotid space (PS) contains the parotid gland and is divided into superficial and deep lobes by the facial nerve which is located just lateral to the retromandibular vein (Figure 12).
Intraparotid anatomy of the facial nerve and retromandibular vein.
Left retromandibular vein (RMV) was formed in the substance of parotid gland by the union of maxillary and superficial temporal vein as usual.
However, the retromandibular vein is not always identified on CT or MRI, so two other methods can be employed: identification of the facial nerve line (a line joining the lateral surface of the posterior belly of the digastric muscle and the lateral surface of the ascending ramus of the mandible) and identification of Stensen's duct.
Venous ectasias of the retromandibular vein are rare lesions that can mimic a parotid mass on imaging.