Pediatric head and neck masses

Sachin Gujar, Dheeraj Gandhi, Suresh K. Mukherji

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Most neck masses in the pediatric head and neck region are benign. Congenital, developmental, and inflammatory lesions make up most of the masses in the pediatric head and neck. For example, neck masses due to inflammatory lymphadenitis are common in children because of the frequency of upper respiratory tract infections. Although many of the malignant tumors in children are found in the head and neck, they account for only a small portion of the neck masses. The choice of the imaging modality is based on a number of factors, several of which are unique to the pediatric population. Although the bulk of disease entities are adequately evaluated by CT, MRI can provide additional vital information in many cases. MRI provides better soft tissue characterization than CT, has multiplanar capabilities. In this article, we will attempt to provide an overview of conditions that present as neck masses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-101
Number of pages7
JournalTopics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • CT
  • Head and neck
  • MT tumors
  • Mass
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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