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December 1997

Duplication of Internal Jugular Vein

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Norwich, England

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123(12):1358. doi:10.1001/archotol.1997.01900120108019

We report a duplicated right internal jugular vein found during a conservative neck dissection. The internal jugular vein is the largest vein in the neck and is an important anatomical landmark for neck dissections. It commences at the jugular foramen, continuing from the sigmoid sinus. It then runs a straight course through the carotid sheath, picking up multiple tributaries, and finally drains into the brachiocephalic vein. cephalic vein. It provides venous drainage for the brain, face, and neck.1,2

The Figure shows our patient's neck following a functional neck dissection. The veins have been outlined to make them stand out. One can see 2 distinct internal jugular veins—lateral and medial. Both had distinct inferior bulbs, characteristic

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