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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. 1Department of Paediatrics, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, UK
  2. 2ENT Department, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Slough, UK
  3. 3Paediatric Department, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  4. 4Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  5. 5Paediatric 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.

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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