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n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - An approach to the neck mass : main topic

Volume 22, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-2170
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Abstract

Neck masses are common and most often due to lymphadenopathy secondary to a self-limited infection or inflammation. <br>A basic knowledge of neck anatomy and structures is required. <br>Thorough history and examination usually suggests a diagnosis. <br>In the differential diagnosis the three most important categories to distinguish are: infective/inflammatory, congenital and neoplastic masses. <br>Appropriate investigations may be performed at GP or specialist level. <br>A reasonable first-line management for a suspected infective / inflammatory mass is a course of a broad-spectrum antibiotic with referral to a specialist if the mass does not resolve within 2 - 4 weeks. <br>All suspected neoplastic and congenital masses should be referred for specialist attention.

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2016-12-11

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