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Ultrasonography. 2014 Apr;33(2):83-90. doi: 10.14366/usg.13026. Epub 2014 Feb 26.

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy for benign non-thyroid cystic mass in the neck.

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Department of Radiology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Surgical excision has traditionally been the treatment of choice for benign non-thyroid cystic neck masses, including lymphatic malformation, ranula, branchial cleft cyst, thyroglossal duct cyst, and parathyroid cyst. However, there is a tendency toward recurrence after surgery, and surgery may be accompanied by complications, including nerve injuries, vascular injuries, and scar formation. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy using various agents has been challenged and successfully applied as an alternative treatment for benign non-thyroid cystic neck masses. This report reviews the available sclerosing agents and describes the applications of sclerotherapy to the treatment of benign cystic masses in the neck.


Cysts; Neck; Picibanil; Sclerotherapy; Ultrasonography

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