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lymphadenopathy (cervical)

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This may be the result of:

  • lymphomata

  • secondary tumour deposits from:
    • squamous carcinoma and melanoma of the skin of neck, face, scalp and ear
    • squamous carcinoma of the mouth and tongue
    • squamous carcinoma of the nasopharynx, oropharynx, larynx and paranasal sinuses
    • adenocystic carcinoma of the major or accessory salivary glands
    • papillary (and occasionally medullary) carcinomas of the thyroid

  • local inflammatory lymphadenopathy:
    • acute local infection e.g. from head or neck
    • chronic infection e.g. tuberculosis

  • generalised lymphadenopathy eg infectious nucleosis, HIV

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