Metastatic neck disease

Melvyn S. Yeoh, Ryan J. Smart, Ghali E. Ghali

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Metastatic neck masses can represent a variety of local or distant malignant diseases. The differential diagnosis can be tailored based on a thorough history and physical examination and an understanding of patient risk factors and patterns of metastasis. New neck masses in the adult patient should be considered malignant until proven otherwise. There are several diagnostic adjuncts in the workup of the neck mass and each has its strengths and weaknesses. If used within the confines of their limitations, these tests can result in a timely, accurate, and costeffective workup. Of utmost importance is accurate diagnosis of the source of the metastatic neck disease. Management of malignant neck mass itself often consists of surgical treatment, although radiation and/or chemotherapy may also be appropriate depending on the clinical scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalAtlas of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

Bibliographical note

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© 2015 Elsevier Inc.


  • Cancer
  • Fine needle aspiration (FNA)
  • Malignancy
  • Metastatic neck disease
  • Neck mass
  • Neck mass with unknown primary malignancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery


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