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Fifteen-minute consultation: The infant with a neck lump
  1. Sarah Reynolds, Paediatric Registrar1,
  2. Darren Yap, ENT Registrar2,
  3. Dilshad Marikar, Paediatric Registrar3,
  4. Damian Roland, Consultant Paediatrician4,5
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, UK
  2. 2 ENT Department, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Slough, UK
  3. 3 Paediatric Department, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  4. 4 Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  5. 5 Paediatric Emergency Medicine Leicester Academic (PEMLA) Group, Leicester Hospitals, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sarah Reynolds, Department of Paediatrics, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough SL2 4HL, UK; sarah.reynolds20{at}


Studying head and neck anatomy may be a distant memory and clinicians can struggle with how to approach neck lumps diagnostically. This article gives a brief guide to common (and rare but serious) causes of neck lumps in infancy, their identification and management.

  • cyst
  • infant neck lump
  • vascular
  • tumour
  • infective

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