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A case of an unusual arrangement of numerous tributaries to the middle temporal vein and its fenestration.

Authors
  • Cvetko, Erika
Type
Published Article
Journal
Surgical and radiologic anatomy : SRA
Publication Date
May 01, 2013
Volume
35
Issue
4
Pages
355–357
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00276-012-1032-x
PMID: 23076731
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

With the increasing use of free tissue grafts for extensive reconstruction of the head and neck, it is important to document and understand the types of vascular variations. We report an unusual arrangement of numerous interconnecting tributaries to the medial temporal vein (MTV) in a 73-year-old male cadaver. Another unusual feature was the division of the MTV into three parallel segments, which reunited into a single stem. The presence of an extensive venous plexus in the temporal region may be hazardous for surgical operations. Surgeons performing vascular or reconstructive surgery should be aware of this unexpected variation of temporal region venous drainage in the hope of preventing inadvertent injury.

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