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Fifteen-minute consultation: A structured approach to the child with palpable cervical lymph nodes
  1. Amy Ruffle1,
  2. George Beattie2,
  3. Amit Prasai3,
  4. Annmarie Jeanes4,
  5. Michael Paddock5,6
  1. 1Department of Oncology, Leeds Children's Hospital, Leeds, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK
  3. 3Ear, Nose & Throat Department, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
  4. 4Department of Radiology, Leeds Children's Hospital, Leeds, UK
  5. 5Medical Imaging Department, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK
  6. 6Department of Oncology and Metabolism, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Paddock, Medical Imaging Department, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK; michael.paddock{at}doctors.org.uk

Abstract

Palpable cervical lymph nodes are common in children and are a frequent reason for presentation to both primary and secondary care. Enlarged lymph nodes are most commonly the result of self-limiting infection, and in children, are rarely the first indicator of a malignant process. This article presents an evidenced-based approach to evaluating these patients.

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  • Contributors Guarantor of integrity of the entire study: MP. Study concepts and design: MP. Literature research: AR, MP. Clinical studies: n/a. Experimental studies/data analysis: n/a. Statistical analysis: n/a. Manuscript preparation: AR, GB, AP, AMJ, MP. Manuscript editing: AR, AMJ, MP.

  • 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.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.