Neck Masses in Children
Neck masses in children are usually non-cancerous. Sometimes neck masses require surgery. A good understanding of the different types of neck masses and their behavior leads to better decisions about if surgery needs to be performed, and if so, with the best outcome. Dr. Sipp has a lot of experience with all of the following:
Thyroglossal Duct Cysts
In utero, the thyroid gland begins in the base of tongue and migrates to the neck. The pathway that the thyroid tissue takes in almost every case goes away. For some, it does not, and a child will develop a swelling under the chin or in the middle of the neck that is left from a thyroglossal remnant. These usually have to be removed, and removed in a very specific way to prevent complications.
Branchial Cleft Cysts
The muscles, arteries, bone, and nerves of the neck move and develop in the womb prior to birth. Occasionally, these migrations leave cysts or sinus tracts in the neck that often need to be removed, the timing of removal though can be a big area of discussion.
These are salivary gland cysts that arise from the sublingual gland, and in rarer cases the sublingual gland.
These are often small and just underneath the skin. Occasionally they can be much larger and occupy deep neck spaces.
Infected Salivary Glands (sialadenitis)
This can happen on a single occasion, or multiple occasions over time. Their treatment is usually non-surgical, but there are nuances of medical management that make for better management.
most enlarged lymph nodes in kids are benign. Dr. Sipp has a good understanding and judgement about which lymph nodes need to be removed and which ones can be watched.
Call Dr. Sipp at (404) 591-1426 for more information or to schedule an appointment.