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Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2015 Feb;48(1):225-46. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2014.09.015.

Imaging of pediatric head and neck masses.

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1
Department of Medical Imaging, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 9, Chicago, IL 60611, USA; Department of Radiology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA. Electronic address: JStern@luriechildrens.org.
2
Department of Radiology, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center, 5841 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.
3
Department of Medical Imaging, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 9, Chicago, IL 60611, USA; Department of Radiology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA.

Abstract

Medical imaging is an important tool in the evaluation and classification of pediatric head and neck masses. Such lesions may include congenital, inflammatory, infectious, vascular, or neoplastic processes. Ultrasound is often the first line modality in the workup of a neck mass in a child, followed by MRI or CT depending on the scenario. This information must be interpreted in the context of the patient's clinical history, physical examination, and demographics. The medical imaging workup of a neck mass in a child must be focused to yield the maximum information possible while minimizing the risks of radiation and sedation.

KEYWORDS:

Head and neck masses; Imaging; Pediatrics

PMID:
25439556
DOI:
10.1016/j.otc.2014.09.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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