Head & Neck Masses in Children

Head and neck masses in children are common and usually benign, meaning 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 head or neck mass is a cancerous tumor.

At Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital 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 head or neck mass as quickly as possible.

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