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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 334-343
Cystic masses of neck: A pictorial review

Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Mahesh Kumar Mittal
Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, D-II/222, West Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi - 110 023
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.111488

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Cystic masses of neck consist of a variety of pathologic entities. The age of presentation and clinical examination narrow down the differential diagnosis; however, imaging is essential for accurate diagnosis and pretreatment planning. Ultrasound is often used for initial evaluation. Computed tomography (CT) provides additional information with regard to the extent and internal composition of the mass. Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) has a supplementary role for confirmation of diagnosis. Magnetic resonance imaging may be needed in some cases for preoperative assessment.

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