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Suprascapular vein

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Cameron Grant et al.

The suprascapular vein drains the posterior structures of the scapula including the supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles.

Gross anatomy


Running adjacent to the suprascapular nerve and artery it passes through the suprascapular notch in a number of configurations:

  • above the transverse scapular ligament (~80%)
  • below the transverse scapular ligament (~20%)

The vein then runs anteromedially, inferior to the inferior belly of omohyoid, to drain into the external jugular vein.

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

Article information

rID: 69408
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:

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