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Ultrasound Quarterly:
doi: 10.1097/01.ruq.0000263839.84937.45
Original Articles: CME Article

Ultrasonography of Abnormal Neck Lymph Nodes

Chan, Joe M. MD*; Shin, Lewis K. MD†; Jeffrey, R. Brooke MD‡

Continued Medical Education
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Abstract

Ultrasonography is a useful imaging modality for assessing cervical lymphadenopathy in patients with head and neck carcinomas. Features of cervical lymph nodes using gray-scale and color and power Doppler ultrasonography can help to distinguish normal and reactive lymph nodes from potentially metastatic lymph nodes. The distinguishing features that separate abnormal from normal cervical lymph nodes include peripheral vascularity, shape, overall lymph node echogenicity, absence of hilus, presence of nodal microcalcifications, and cystic changes. Often, a combination of these features is needed to assign a cervical lymph node as being abnormal.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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