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Clin Anat. 2000;13(4):298-301.

Levator claviculae muscle discovered during physical examination for cervical lymphadenopathy.

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  • 1Department of Anatomy and Reproductive Biology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, USA.


During a routine physical examination of an adult female with a history of breast cancer and cervical lymphadenopathy, a mass was noted in the right supraclavicular region. The mass was unilateral and easily palpable along the superior border near the median aspect of the clavicle. Plain film radiography, performed to determine whether the mass represented an enlarged jugulo-omohyoid lymph node, revealed an elongated opaque mass in this region. Computed tomographic (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) images were subsequently obtained. Sequential axial CT scans revealed a cylindrical mass that appeared to be independent of contiguous muscles, including the sternocleidomastoid, anterior, and middle scalene muscles. This mass attached inferiorly to the clavicle and superiorly to the transverse process of the sixth cervical vertebra. Sagittal, coronal, and axial MR scans confirmed the presence of a well-defined superficial mass. It is concluded that the mass represents a levator claviculae (cleidocervical) muscle. This observation underscores the importance of understanding soft tissue variants that may be encountered during a routine physical examination.

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