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Enlarging Painful Neck Mass in a Child: Urgent or Elective?

Yemeng Lu-Myers, Elizabeth Nichols, Kevin D Pereira

Keywords : Brachial cleft cysts, Dermoid cyst, Lymphatic malformation, Pediatric neck mass, Suppurative lymphadenitis

Citation Information : Lu-Myers Y, Nichols E, Pereira KD. Enlarging Painful Neck Mass in a Child: Urgent or Elective?. Int J Head Neck Surg 2017; 8 (4):145-149.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10001-1324

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-05-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Four pediatric patients with enlarging, painful, and acutely infected lateral neck masses presented to the emergency department of a tertiary care Children's Hospital are described. These masses include suppurative lymphadenitis, brachial cleft anomaly, dermoid cyst, and an infected lymphatic malformation. Differences between these four disease processes in presentation, exam findings, and radiological features are highlighted to help determine the level of acuity in care. The immediate and subsequent management of the patients is described to help guide subspecialty consultations for intervention.

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