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Lupus and Fossa Rosenmuller

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

Susan L. Hendrix, MHA, Ph.D.

September 01, 2021


Have you heard the term Fossa Rosenmuller Mass? Well, I recently had a scan performed, which revealed a Fossa Rosenmuller Mass.

What Is the Fossa of Rosenmuller?

The fossa of Rosenmuller, or Rosenmuller’s fossa, is a long, deep, shallow and narrow depression found in one of the furthest sections of the nasal cavity. It sits behind the ostium, or opening, of the auditory tube. It is better known as the lateral pharyngeal recess due to its proximity to the pharynx, which is the section of the throat located between the mouth and nasal cavity. The fossa of Rosenmuller is also known as Rosenmuller’s cavity or Rosenmuller’s recess. The pharyngeal recess gets its name from Johann Christian Rosenmuller, a German anatomist who lived between 1771 and 1820. Rosenmuller first described the pharyngeal recess in 1808 while he was teaching anatomy and surgery to students at the University of Leipzig.

On Monday August 30, 2021, a biopsy was performed to see if the mass was benign or malignant. They performed a nasoendoscopy. Does this procedure hurt? No, but after the procedure there is a chance of nose bleeding, I experienced pain on the right side of my face, I also experienced a nagging dry cough, that honey could not stop. They also placed an intubation tube down my throat (all I can say is oh my) this is where the dry cough and pain is coming from. Now the purpose of intubation is required when general anesthesia is given. The anesthesia drugs paralyze the muscles of the body, including the diaphragm, which makes it impossible to take a breath without a ventilator.

For those who don't realize, when an individual has lupus, the individual is more susceptible to cancer. There exists studies which show an increased risk of both Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in lupus patients. It is believed that the elevated risk of lymphoma results from the disease process of lupus-specifically the overstimulation of B-cells coupled with defects in the immune system's surveillance system--and not just from medications or other associated risk factors (John Hopkins Lupus Center).

So, long story short, if the biopsy comes out as positive, I will deal with the next step that I have to take. If the biopsy comes out negative, I will deal with the next step and will always keep it moving forward.

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