Pharyngeal recess

Behind the ostium of the eustachian tube (ostium pharyngeum tuba auditiva) is a deep recess, the pharyngeal recess (fossa of Rosenm├╝ller).

Pharyngeal recess
Lateral wall of nasal cavity. (Pharyngeal recess labeled at bottom right.)
Front of nasal part of pharynx, as seen with the laryngoscope. (Pharyngeal recess labeled at center right.)
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Identifiers
Latinrecessus pharyngeus
TAA05.3.01.017
FMA54999
Anatomical terminology

Clinical significance

At the base of this recess is the retropharyngeal lymph node (the Node of Rouvier). This is clinically significant in that it may be involved in certain head and neck cancers, notably Nasopharyngeal cancer.

References

This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 1141 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  • synd/2659 at Who Named It?
  • "Rosenmullers fossa". Medcyclopaedia. GE. Archived from the original on 2007-06-20.


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