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Neck Mass Removal Surgery for Children


What is pediatric neck mass surgery?

Neck masses are lumps or bumps found in the neck, which can be visible or very small. Most neck masses are not cancerous or harmful, but may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as cancer or infection. If an ear, nose and throat doctor finds a lump that appears to be harmful, it can be removed using neck mass surgery.

What does pediatric neck mass surgery involve?

Usually, an ear, nose and throat practice, such as New York ENT, can diagnose a neck mass using fine needle aspiration (FNA), which takes a sample of the lump to check for problems including inflammation or cancer. Some of the typical areas of the neck that are checked using FNA include:

  • Thyroid gland
  • Neck lymph nodes
  • Neck cysts
  • Glands
  • Any lump that can be felt or seen in an imaging test

In younger patients, neck masses are usually benign. However, if your doctor discovers a serious problem, such as infection or cancerous growth, the mass may need to be surgically removed. Speak with your ENT doctor about the specific kind of neck mass surgeries that can be performed.

If your child appears to have a lump or mass in the neck, it is important to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating neck masses. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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