Head, neck and skull-based tumors

Head, neck and skull-based tumors in children are rare. Tumors treated at Children’s include:

  • Congenital neck cysts, such as branchial cleft cysts and thyroglossal duct cysts
  • Dermoid cysts
  • Hemangiomas
  • Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibromas (causing nasal blockage and severe nosebleeds)
  • Lymphangiomas
  • Lymphomas — Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s
  • Rhabdomyosarcomas
  • Thyroid and parathyroid tumors

While many tumors can be surgically removed, other treatment, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, may be necessary. For more information on Children’s care of tumors, see the Children’s oncology program.

About surgery for head, neck, and skull-based tumors at Children’s

The ENT surgery team at Children’s provides next-generation care to neonatal infants, newborns, children, and adolescents from throughout the Upper Midwest. This multidisciplinary team provides some of the most cutting-edge, delicate treatments available, including newborn surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Otolaryngology surgery is performed at Children’s – Minneapolis, Children’s – St. Paul, and Children’s – Minnetonka.