Pediatric Head & Neck Masses

Head and neck masses in infants and children should always be evaluated by a doctor. These masses can be cysts or tumors. A doctor can develop an appropriate treatment plan that may include medication and/or surgery to shrink or remove the mass. If your child has a head or neck mass, please contact our office at (503) 257-3204 to schedule an appointment with an ENT specialist.

Pediatric Neck Mass Types:

  • Inflammatory Neck Masses
    • Reactive lymph nodes
    • Infectious
  • Atypical TB, TB
  • Cat scratch disease
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Viral adenopathy
  • Congenital Neck Masses
    • Thyroglossal duct cyst
    • Branchial anomalies
    • Vascular malformations
    • Vascular tumors
    • Lymphatic malformations
    • Laryngoceles
    • Teratomas
    • Dermoid cysts
    • Sternocleidomastoid tumors of infancy
  • Neoplastic (less common in children)

Head and Neck Mass Evaluation:

Complete history and physical examination to obtain accurate diagnosis.

Diagnostic testing if indicated:

  • Flexible fiberoptic endoscopy to examine nose, nasopharynx, throat and voice box
  • CT Scan, MRI or Ultrasound
  • Needle Biopsy or Open biopsy if indicated

Head and Neck Mass Treatment Options:

  • Treatment depends on the type of mass

Dr. Darryk Barlow is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. We evaluate and manage head and neck masses in both children and adults.

Common surgical procedures that we perform include:

  • Biopsy of abnormal lesions of mouth, throat and neck
  • Head and neck mass excision
    • Abnormal lymph nodes
    • Thyroglossal duct cysts
    • Branchial cysts
  • Removal of thyroid nodules
  • Removal of parotid / submandibular gland tumors

Parotid Tumor: Overview

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Parotid Tumor: Treatment Overview

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Thyroidectomy: During the Procedure

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Dr. Barlow operates on pediatric and adult patients at:

  • Randall Children’s Hospital and Legacy Emanuel Hospital
  • Adventist Medical Center
  • Providence Milwaukie Hospital

Call (503) 257-3204 or request a visit online with us.


American Academy of Otolaryngology−Head and Neck Surgery. One Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3357, 1-703-836-4444. 2010 AAO-HNS/AAO-HNSF
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