Head and neck masses can range from normal variants, benign tumors to malignant neoplasms. In any of these scenarios, not being familiar with an unusual lump can be quite stressful and unnerving.  Most lesions are benign but do depend on age, gender, family history and history of smoking and alcohol use. Our focus at Indigo ENT, is to make a quick and timely diagnosis so that it can be treated with the best outcomes.

Skin lesions can range from benign to malignant lesions. At Indigo ENT, we have specialists who can identify and treat these lesions. Aside from surgical excision, we are investigating new laser therapies available. Benign skin lesions are typically not a benefit of MSP. Talk to your specialist about any suspicious lesions to the head and neck.

A lymph node biopsy removes lymph node tissue to be looked at under a microscope for signs of infection or a disease, such as cancer.

There are several ways to do a lymph node biopsy.

  • Fine-needle aspiration biopsy is a method of inserting a thin needle into a lymph node and removes a sample of cells.
  • Core needle biopsy inserts a needle with a special tip and removes a sample of tissue about the size of a grain of rice.
  • Open (surgical) biopsy entails making a small cut in the skin and removal of a lymph node.

Preauricular cysts, pits, fissures, and sinuses are benign congenital malformations of the preauricular soft tissues.  Preauricular pits or fissures are located near the front of the ear and mark the entrance to a sinus tract that may travel under the skin near the ear cartilage. These tracts are lined with squamous epithelium and may produce subcutaneous cysts or may become infected, leading to cellulitis or abscess.

Preauricular tags are epithelial mounds or pedunculated skin that arises near the front of the ear around the tragus. They have no bony, cartilaginous, or cystic components and do not communicate to the ear canal or middle ear. Depending on your age and symptoms, removal of these lesion may/may not be a benefit of MSP. Please speak to your specialist to address any concerns you may have.