Neck Masses in Children

Neck masses are fairly common findings and are often the source of significant concern. Fortunately most neck masses are benign (non-cancerous). Nonetheless, it is imperative that all persistent neck masses be evaluated by an Otolaryngologist for diagnosis and treatment.

Neck masses may occur in children of all ages as well as in adults. There are a variety of possible causes, such as infectious and/or inflammatory diseases, which result in swollen glands. A neck mass may also be a congenital cyst (i.e., present since birth), traumatic in origin (i.e., caused by an injury) or neoplastic disease.

Whatever the cause of the neck mass, a thorough evaluation by an ENT doctor is recommended.

Diagnosing the origin and nature of the neck mass can sometimes be made after a simple history and a complete physical examination has been completed in the physician’s office. If additional testing is required it will be arranged. Once the diagnosis has been obtained, your doctor will discuss appropriate treatment options with you.