Common ENT Problems

Neck Masses

Neck masses in children come in all shapes, sizes, and locations. 99% of the time these masses are benign and represent infections, enlarged lymph nodes, abscesses, or cysts. It is essential that a thorough history and physical be obtained by a ear, nose, and throat surgeon to determine the likelihood of the nature of the neck mass and what can be expected in the future for such a neck mass. Thorough history and physical and diagnostic tests including laboratory work and possibly ultrasound or CAT scan may be necessary to determine the nature of the neck mass. Depending on a particular neck mass, oftentimes the removal of these neck masses can be performed in an outpatient surgical center under anesthesia and take less than 15-20 minutes to perform. If this is a simple removal of a neck mass, a board-certified pathologist will often look at the tissue to determine the nature of the mass. Depending on the nature of the mass, healing typically takes place in less than two weeks. Postoperative recovery at our facility is usually less than 30 minutes and access to the operating surgeon is by close follow up. All patients are given Dr. Crews' cell phone number on discharge from his surgical center. Our clinic has taken care of children with neck masses over 25 years. If you suspect your child has a neck mass problem, please contact our office at 1-800-526-0998 for a complete evaluation. .