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September 25, 1948


JAMA. 1948;138(4):264-274. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900040008003

Tumors of the neck are important to discuss because they are not uncommon. Because of the fact that malignancy is not rare in them it is important to determine their character as early as possible; the need to know their origin and character is not far removed from that of tumors of the breast. Exclusive of the lipomas of the neck, which can occur anywhere in the neck and can usually be diagnosed by their consistency and demonstrable lobulation, there are almost no tumors of the neck which should not either be promptly biopsied or removed after discovery. I know of no other tumor than lipoma which can make one blush more for having forgotten it in considering the diagnostic possibilities in superficial tumors.

The diagnosis of tumors of the neck can be extremely simple or so obscure as to make their final diagnosis possible only by exploration and biopsy,