Imaging of cervical lymphadenopathy in children and young adults

Benjamin J. Ludwig, Jimmy Wang, Rohini N. Nadgir, Naoko Saito, Ilse Castro-Aragon, Osamu Sakai

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OBJECTIVE: This article describes the role of imaging in evaluating cervical lymphadenopathy in patients from birth to their mid-20s, illustrates imaging features of normal and abnormal lymph nodes, and highlights nodal imaging features and head and neck findings that assist in diagnosis. CONCLUSION: Cervical lymph node abnormalities are commonly encountered clinically and on imaging in children and young adults. Although imaging findings can lack specificity, nodal characteristics and associated head and neck imaging findings can assist in determining the underlying cause.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1105-1113
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Cervical lymphadenopathy
  • Head and neck imaging
  • Head and neck infection
  • Head and neck malignancy
  • Lymph nodes
  • Pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Ludwig, B. J., Wang, J., Nadgir, R. N., Saito, N., Castro-Aragon, I., & Sakai, O. (2012). Imaging of cervical lymphadenopathy in children and young adults. American Journal of Roentgenology, 199(5), 1105-1113.