Double fenestration of the internal jugular vein: A rare anatomic variant

October 8, 2012
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Head and Neck Clinic

Even the most experienced head and neck surgeons can encounter problems during neck dissections in patients with rare anatomic variations in their major vessels, such as the internal jugular vein.

     The internal jugular vein (IJV) is a delicate vessel that is well protected by deep fascia. Still, it is at risk of injury during neck dissection. While head and neck surgeons are well trained to avoid and manage major vascular injuries, some rare anatomic variations of major vessels can pose problems for even experienced surgeons. We encountered a rare variation of an IJV that we found incidentally during a neck dissection.

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