While most neck masses are benign, a significant number represent the outward manifestation of a cancer. Up to 12% of head and neck cancer patients present with a neck mass as their only sign. Indeed, in patients greater than 40 years of age, the majority of neck masses are malignant, and are usually a metastatic lymph node(s) from a squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Congenital neck masses predominate in the pediatric age group. Patients with AIDS may have a generalized, persistent lymphadenopathy but may also have a neoplasm related to their immune deficiency, such as Kaposi’s sarcoma or lymphoma.
KeywordsNeck Masse Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Cystic Hygroma Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma Branchial Cleft Cyst
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