Head and neck tumors

Diana L. Diesen, Michael A. Skinner

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Head and neck tumors present a diagnostic dilemma for pediatrician and surgeons. While a majority of these tumors are benign, an understanding of the fundamentals of surgical oncology is needed when approaching these tumors to ensure proper assessment and treatment. Benign lesions like thyroglossal duct cysts and brachial cleft cyst are treated by simple excision. Cervical adenopathy, while often benign, may result from infection or neoplasm such as lymphoma. Solid tumors of the head and neck include thyroid tumors, neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, non-rhabdomyosarcomas, germ cell tumors, salivary gland tumors and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Treatment of these neoplastic processes requires a multi-disciplinary approach including pediatricians, surgeons, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Surgery of Childhood Tumors
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9783662485903
ISBN (Print)9783662485880
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Cervical adenopathy
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Salivary gland tumors
  • Sarcomas
  • Thyroid cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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