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my 3 year old son has a lump above his collarbone next to a vein, he's had it for almost 3 months. Is it something I should be concerned with? - Asked by T H on 04-Nov-2015 03:25:34

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    Answered by Dr. Venkata Rama Krishna K on 04-Nov-2015 16:21:07

    Most pediatric masses are the result of a self-limited bacterial or viral infection. It is important to be able to distinguish inflammatory masses or normal neck structures from masses that require intervention or referral.Typically three primary categories of neck masses are described:

    • Inflammatory
    • Congenital
    • Neoplastic  

    Most often, pediatric neck masses are inflammatory cervical lymphadenitis that can be observed for 2 weeks with or without antibiotic therapy dependent on suspected etiology.  However, there should be a strong index of suspicion for potentially malignant masses and immediate referral should be made to a head and neck surgeon for further evaluation.

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