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Lymphoma mimicking a thyroglossal duct cyst in an adolescent

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 March 2006

Andrew Tarnaris
Affiliation:
Department of ENT Surgery, Singleton Hospital, Swansea, Wales, UK.
Wijayasingam Giridharan
Affiliation:
Department of ENT Surgery, Singleton Hospital, Swansea, Wales, UK.
David W Aird
Affiliation:
Department of ENT Surgery, Singleton Hospital, Swansea, Wales, UK.
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Abstract

Mass lesions of the head and neck in infants and children can be either developmental, inflammatory or neoplastic. Lymphomas (Hodgkin’s or Non-Hodgkin’s) commonly present as neck lumps in children. Although malignancy is not the commonest aetiology of paediatric cervical lumps, a high index of suspicion is critical to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of cervical lesions. We present the case of a 15-year-old boy who presented with a solitary midline cervical lesion, which simulated a thyroglossal cyst on clinical examination. However, histopathological examination revealed it to be a Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Related literature is also reviewed.

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© 2005 Royal Society of Medicine Press

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