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Free Content Superficial Soft-Tissue Masses of the Head and Neck: A Pictorial Review

The differential diagnosis of superficial masses in the head and neck is broad and encompasses both benign and malignant soft-tissue tumors. Certain superficial masses of dermal origin do not fall under the World Health Organization classification for soft-tissue tumors but, nonetheless, present similarly and should be considered in the differential. Although many of these superficial masses cannot be definitively diagnosed on imaging alone, recognizing certain imaging patterns and ancillary clinical features may help narrow the differential diagnosis and distinguish benign and malignant lesions. The present article does not aim to provide a comprehensive review of all superficial head and neck masses but rather helps to organize the more common masses by cellular origin and provides an overview of pertinent demographics or risk factors to aid in informed decision-making.

Learning Objective: To generate a differential diagnosis of head and neck superficial soft-tissue tumors based on clinical history and imaging features

Keywords: WHO = World Health Organization

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2022

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  • Neurographics is the peer-reviewed, quarterly educational journal of the American Society of Neuroradiology. The journal includes review articles as well as high-yield case reports that have been solicited from society meetings including the annual ASNR meeting as well as the American Society of Spine Radiology, the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology, the American Society of Functional Neuroradiology, and the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology meetings. Unsolicited educational review articles and case reports are also accepted for review at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. Submissions focusing on a pictorial approach to educational objectives are highly encouraged. The journal is open access and available online. CME credit is offered for reading review articles and completing quiz-based self-assessment activities through the ASNR Education Connection portal.


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