Multiple cystic neck lesions (differential)

A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The differential diagnosis for multiple cystic neck lesions is different to that for a solitary cystic neck mass.

Differential diagnosis

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


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Article information

rID: 1193
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Cystic neck nodes (differential)
  • Cystic neck lesions (differential)
  • Cystic cervical lymphadenopathy (differential)

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    Case 1: papillary thyroid cancer
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