Evaluation of the Neck Mass in Adults

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Endorsing Organizations

Publication Month/Year

September 1, 2017

Document Type


External Publication Status


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Document Objectives

The primary purpose of this guideline is to promote the efficient, effective, and accurate diagnostic workup of neck masses to ensure that adults with potentially malignant disease receive prompt diagnosis and intervention to optimize outcomes.

Target Patient Population

Anyone ≥18 years old with a neck mass

Target Provider Population

Anyone who may be the first clinician whom a patient with a neck mass encounters

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adult, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Emergency care, Hospital, Operating and recovery room, Radiology services

Intended Users

Radiology technologist, physician assistant, physician, nurse, dentist




head and neck cancer, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), squamous cell carcinoma, neck mass, neck cancer

Source Citation

Pynnonen MA, Gillespie MB, Roman B, et al. Clinical Practice Guideline: Evaluation of the Neck Mass in Adults. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2017;157(2_suppl):S1-S30. doi:10.1177/0194599817722550