Maxillary veins

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Vein: Internal maxillary vein
Veins of the head and neck. (Internal maxillary vein visible at center.)
Latin venae maxillares
Gray's subject #167 646
Drains to retromandibular vein
Artery maxillary artery
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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

The maxillary veins (internal maxillary vein in older sources) consist of a short trunk which accompanies the first part of the internal maxillary artery.

It is formed by a confluence of the veins of the pterygoid plexus, and passes backward between the sphenomandibular ligament and the neck of the mandible, and unites with the temporal vein to form the posterior facial vein.

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