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Duplication of the internal jugular vein: a rare presentation during neck dissection
  1. Samriddhi Burman1,
  2. Sameer Pandey1,2,
  3. Sruthi Rao3 and
  4. Santhosh Rao1
  1. 1Dentistry - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Tatibandh, India
  2. 2Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
  3. 3Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Rungta College of Dental Sciences and Research, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Santhosh Rao; santhosh{at}


The anatomical variations of the internal jugular vein (IJV) is a well-documented phenomenon which may depend on the course of drainage, fenestration in the vein, bifid formation, variations in the tributaries and so on. However, a true duplication of the IJV is a rare entity on its own and is seldom reported in the literature. We report a case of true duplication of IJV which is an incidental discovery during the course of neck dissection.

  • head and neck cancer
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • head and neck surgery

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  • Contributors SaR and SP were the operating surgeons, SP and SB were involved in postoperative care of the patient. The literature search was conducted by SrR and SP. Manuscript was prepared by SP and SrR. Final proofreading was done by SB and SaR. All authors accepted the final proof.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.