Lumps and Bumps of the Neck in Children—Neuroimaging of Congenital and Acquired Lesions

Marjolein H.G. Dremmen, Aylin Tekes, Samantha Mueller, Donna Seyfert, David E. Tunkel, Thierry A.G.M. Huisman

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Neck masses present as palpable lumps and bumps in children with acquired lesions more common than congenital ones. Assessment of the anatomical site of origin, signal, and contrast enhancement characteristics may help define the etiology of the lesions, eg, developmental, inflammatory, vascular, or neoplastic. The age of the patient along with detailed clinical history and physical exam findings are important element to narrow down the differential diagnosis. The correct final diagnosis is essential to guide treatment as well as the urgency of intervention. The objective of this review is to define the characteristic location, classic and differentiating imaging features of the most frequent congenital and acquired cervical lumps and bumps in the pediatric population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-580
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Neuroimaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Congenital
  • acquired
  • children
  • imaging
  • neck lesions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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