TABLE 1713 Abnormalities of the Neck

Lymphadenopathy

Enlarged and tender cervical lymph nodes are common in children. The most likely causes are viral and bacterial infections. Lymph node enlargement can be bilateral, as shown above.

Lymphadenitis and Abscess

An infected cervical lymph node may turn into an abscess, with fluctuance.

(Source of photo for: Lymphadenitis and Abscess—Fleisher G, Ludwig S: Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 4th ed. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.

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