Of the 40 to 100 lymph nodes demonstrable in the dissection of the normal human neck, a few are always palpable through the skin in normal living adults. Important decisions in medicine often depend on the results of such palpation. Careful techniques of examination here suggested increase the likelihood of detection and correct interpretation of cervical lymphadenopathy, but in many cases the diagnosis cannot be settled without aspiration biopsy or surgical exposure. When palpable nodes are found in the lymph drainage pathways from a known primary cancer site, thorough investigation may help in deciding between palliative and curative treatment.
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