This week marks the 2 year anniversary of finding out that I am Aquawoman (and of my surgery too)...What exactly does that mean?! Keep reading to find out and discover which superhero you are.
"Branchial cleft cysts are congenital epithelial cysts, which arise on the lateral part of the neck from a failure of obliteration of the second branchial cleft in embryonic development.
Phylogenetically, the branchial apparatus is related to gill slits. In fish and amphibians, these structures are responsible for the development of the gills, hence the name branchial (branchia is Greek for gills)."
I'm not sure we ever actually got a photo of me prior to surgery, but this image is pretty darn close to what I looked like. The positioning and rough size (I think mine was a little smaller since we acted so quickly) are just about on par with the cyst I had. (photo credit: ghorayeh.com)