Multiple cystic neck lesions (differential)
The differential diagnosis for multiple cystic neck lesions is different to that for a solitary cystic neck mass.
Cystic neck lesions are seen in:
- necrotic metastatic SCC nodes: older patient, M>F
- papillary thyroid carcinoma metastases: usually a younger patient, F>M
- tuberculosis: demographic will depend on country as will reflect migration history
- treated lymphoma
- suppurative nodes: bacterial - usually has prominent surrounding fat stranding