There is always concern for a malignancy or other serious disease when a child presents with a chief complaint of a neck mass. However, a neck mass in child is commonly inflammatory or congenital rather than neoplastic. A complete history and physical exam will often provide enough information to guide management and reassure the concerned parents. In some cases, laboratory tests, radiologic studies or a surgical procedure may be necessary to determine a specific diagnosis and treatment plan. An organized and systematic approach is recommended and detailed in this review.
- Head and neck masses
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health