Approach to intensely enhancing neck nodes

Amit Karandikar, Krishna Mohan Gummalla, Siu Cheng Loke, Julian Goh, Tiong Yong Tan
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology 2016, 22 (2): 168-72
Cervical node evaluation is one of the most common problems encountered by a radiologist. Here, we present a pictorial review of intensely enhancing neck nodes. While enhancement in a cervical node is a common radiologic finding on contrast-enhanced computed tomography scan, only few conditions cause intense enhancement in cervical nodes. We discuss the common causes of intensely enhancing neck nodes along with pertinent radiologic features and key differentiating points that aid radiologists in reaching a diagnosis. In addition, we discuss certain potential non-nodal mimics, which need to be excluded.

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