Occipital vein

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Vein: Occipital vein
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Veins of the head and neck. (Occipial visible at left.)
Latin venae occipitales
Gray's subject #167 646
Drains from    scalp, occiput
Drains to suboccipital venous plexus
Artery occipital artery
Dorlands
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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]



The occipital vein begins in a plexus at the back part of the vertex of the skull.

From the plexus emerges a single vessel, which pierces the cranial attachment of the Trapezius and, dipping into the suboccipital triangle, joins the deep cervical and vertebral veins.

Occasionally it follows the course of the occipital artery and ends in the internal jugular; in other instances, it joins the posterior auricular vein and through it opens into the external jugular.

The parietal emissary vein connects it with the superior sagittal sinus; and as it passes across the mastoid portion of the temporal bone, it receives the mastoid emissary vein which connects it with the transverse sinus.

The occipital diploic vein sometimes joins it.

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