What Sets Us Apart
Neck masses in children are common and are usually benign, or noncancerous. These swollen lumps or bumps may occur as a result of inflammation or infection. A cyst, a fluid-filled sac that can grow in size, may also cause a mass. Rarely, a neck mass is a cancerous tumor.
At Hassenfeld Children's Hospital of New York at NYU Langone, otolaryngologists—also known as ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors—have the expertise to determine the cause of your child’s symptoms. Our doctors perform advanced tests to diagnose and manage a neck mass as quickly as possible.
Treatment at NYU Langone
Some neck masses are caused by a viral infection. These should be carefully monitored, although they usually resolve on their own. If a lump is caused by a bacterial infection, your child’s doctor prescribes antibiotic medication. Other types of neck masses, such as cysts and tumors, may need to be surgically removed.