Neck Masses in Children

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 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.

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