Posterior auricular artery

Posterior auricular artery

The arteries of the face and scalp. (Posterior auricular visible slightly below ear.)

Superficial dissection of the right side of the neck, showing the carotid and subclavian arteries.
Source external carotid artery
Vein posterior auricular vein
Supplies scalp posterior to the auricle and to the auricle itself
Latin arteria auricularis posterior
TA A12.2.05.037
FMA 49624

Anatomical terminology

The posterior auricular artery is a small artery that arises from the external carotid artery, above the digastric muscle and stylohyoid muscle, opposite the apex of the styloid process.

It ascends posteriorly beneath the parotid gland, along the styloid process of the temporal bone, between the cartilage of the ear and the mastoid process of the temporal bone along the lateral side of the head. The posterior auricular artery supplies blood to the scalp posterior to the auricle and to the auricle itself.

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