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Pharyngeal recess

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.)
Latin recessus pharyngeus
Gray's p.1141
Anatomical terminology

Behind the ostium of the eustacian tube (ostium pharyngeum tuba auditiva) is a deep recess, the pharyngeal recess (fossa of Rosenmüller).

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.

External links

  • synd/2659 at Who Named It?
  • "Rosenmullers fossa". Medcyclopaedia. GE. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. 

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