Lateral epipharyngeal cyst

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert


Headaches, right conductive hearing loss, recurrent serotympanon.

Patient Data

Age: 75
Gender: Male

Cystic lesion in the right pharyngeal recess (fossa of Rosenmüller), behind the paryngeal ostium of the Eustachian tube.

Case Discussion

The differential diagnosis of lateral epipharyngeal cyst is somewhat different from that of midline lesions. It involves seromucinous (66%), intra-adenoid, oncocytic, and branchial cysts1.

Cysts arising directly from the Eustachian tube are often dermoids, that contain variable amounts of fat2.

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Case information

rID: 19112
Published: 7th Aug 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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