Mastoid lymph nodes

Mastoid lymph nodes

Superficial lymph glands and lymphatic vessels of head and neck (mastoid lymph nodes are labeled as posterior auricular glands at center left)

Lymph nodes at Surface:
1. Occipital (retroauricular)
2. Mastoid
3. Superficial Parotid
4. Deep Parotid
5. Preauricular
6. Infraauricular
7. Intraglandular parotid

Facial Lymph Nodes:
8. Buccinator
9. Nasolabial
10. Mandibular
11. Anterior Cervical (Superficial jugular)
12. Superficial Cervical (External jugular)
Drains from Scalp
Drains to Superior deep cervical glands
Latin Nodi lymphoidei mastoidei

Anatomical terminology

The mastoid lymph nodes (retroauricular lymph nodes or posterior auricular glands) are a small group of lymph nodes, usually two in number, located just beneath the ear, on the mastoid insertion of the sternocleidomastoideus muscle, beneath the posterior auricular muscle.

Their mastoid lymph nodes receives lymph from the posterior part of the temporoparietal region, the upper part of the cranial surface of the visible ear and the back of the ear canal. The lymph then passes to the superior deep cervical glands.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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