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Nasal Mass

Johns Hopkins pediatric otolaryngologist,Dr. Sandra Lin, with a patient.

Johns Hopkins pediatric otolaryngologist, Dr. Sandra Lin, with a patient.

Nasal masses are most commonly benign (non-cancerous), but cancerous growths can occur inside the nose or nasal cavity.

Benign (Non-cancerous) masses

If your child has a benign mass, the key is in the advanced diagnostics that our experts offer at the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology. By accurately assessing and evaluating the mass, our pediatric otolaryngologists (ENTs) can determine the best type of surgical treatment to remove the benign mass and prevent recurrence. Further, our vascular and facial reconstructive plastic surgeons are experienced in working with children.

Malignant (Cancerous) masses

When a mass is suspected to be malignant, we must evaluate and diagnose quickly and accurately. At Johns Hopkins, we work with world-class pediatric oncologists who are experienced in treating and evaluating children with malignant tumors in the head and neck to decide the appropriate treatment.

Persistent large nasal masses should be evaluated by a pediatric otolaryngologist (ENT).
Head and neck masses and lesions may include:

  • Neck abscesses (collections of pus)
  • Branchial cleft cysts and sinuses
  • Preauricular sinuses
  • Thyroglossal duct cysts
  • Vascular malformations and lymphatic malformations
  • Benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Thyroid masses

Symptoms of nasal masses may include:

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