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Miniseminar Previews Neck Mass Clinical Practice Guideline

AAO-HNSF Clinical Practice Guideline: Evaluation of the Neck Mass in Adults

  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday
  • Room E353B

Preview the new AAO-HNSF clinical practice guideline, Evaluation of the Neck Mass in Adults, during a Sunday Miniseminar. The guideline will be published later Sunday, but its recommendations will be reviewed by members of the panel that developed it.

Historically, patients who developed squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth, throat or tongue were middle age or older and had a history of tobacco and alcohol use. Providers often used those risk factors to develop a plan of treatment when patients presented with a lump in their neck, said Melissa Pynnonen MD, MSc, chair of the guideline panel.

However, a growing number of younger adult patients are being diagnosed with head and neck cancer and they do not have a history of alcohol or tobacco use, she said. The guideline focuses on diagnosis of the neck mass. If cancer is diagnosed, the provider may refer to other guidelines or recommend cancer treatment.

“The key message for providers is that an adult patient with a neck mass needs a diagnosis, and the evaluation should continue until a diagnosis is obtained,” Dr. Pynnonen said.

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