Ugeskr Læger 2015;177:V02150131
Diagnosing neck mass in adults
Christian Grønhøj Larsen, Hani Ibrahim Channir, Katalin Kiss, Birgitte Charabi, Christel Lajer & Christian von Buchwald: Diagnosing neck mass in adults Ugeskr Læger 2015;177:V02150131 Doctors are frequently presented to patients with a neck mass, and the condition might cause diagnostic challenges. In younger adults, a neck mass can typically be explained by congenital, inflammatory or infectious causes. The highest probability of neoplasms is found in patients above 40 years of age. When a malignant neoplasm in the neck is suspected, patients should be referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist. In cases of suspect signs of malignancy as defined by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority, patients should be referred to the integrated national cancer pathways.