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Differential diagnosis of a neck mass

Kevin Emerick, MD
Section Editor
Daniel G Deschler, MD, FACS
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Daniel J Sullivan, MD, MPH


The differential diagnosis of a mass in the neck is broad, extensive, and includes both serious and benign etiologies. Accurate diagnosis of a neck mass is critical.

It is helpful to consider the differential diagnosis in three broad categories:




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