Dr. Lelia Mankarious with a patient

Head and Neck Care

Here at Mass. Eye and Ear, we care for children with a wide variety of head and neck masses. These include inflammatory lesions, congenital masses, and both benign and malignant neoplasms. Knowledge of these conditions and their clinical presentations is essential to their proper diagnosis and management.

The vast majority of head and neck masses in children are benign lesions of inflammatory origin that either resolve spontaneously or respond to appropriate medical therapy. Operative biopsy or drainage for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes becomes necessary in the treatment of persistent or recurrent inflammatory masses. Persistent lymphadenitis, for example, can be due to such disorders as nontuberculous (atypical) mycobacteria, cat scratch disease, or Kawasaki disease. Lymphadenitis and cellulitis can also progress to abscess formation. Such deep neck infections most commonly involve the retropharyngeal, parapharyngeal (lateral pharyngeal), and submandibular-submental spaces.

Children with head and neck/skull base malignancies are seen jointly by our division as well as by the Pediatric Head and Neck Tumor Group at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. In this fashion, the children can receive the full complement of services offered at Mass General as well as Mass. Eye and Ear.

To make an appointment, please call our office at 617-573-3190.