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June 1970

Unusual Supraclavicular Masses

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Surgical Service, Head and Neck Section (Otolaryngology), Wadsworth Hospital, Veterans Administration Center, Los Angeles, and the Department of Otolaryngology, UCLA School of Medicine (Drs. Lundmark and Acquarelli).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1970;91(6):529-533. doi:10.1001/archotol.1970.00770040759008

In 86 cases of isolated supraclavicular masses, most were metastases from pulmonary primaries. Ten cases were very unusual tumors and eight others were caused by head and neck tumors which had clinically bypassed higher cervical nodes and appeared in the supraclavicular area. Because of the complex anatomy of the area, the presence of the thoracic duct, draining virtually the entire body, and the fact that isolated supraclavicular masses are not common to begin with, it Is suggested that they be approached with all possibilities in mind.

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