Life threatening complication of fine needle aspiration of neck mass in a child: a case report

Pramod S., Rewanth Reddy


Fine needle aspiration biopsy has become an important first line of investigation in palpable neck masses. It is simple, sensitive, inexpensive and safe investigation. Minor complications include pain, rashes and irritation at the site of aspiration. Life threatening complication occurs rarely. This is a report of child who presented with internal carotid artery injury with a massive hematoma causing respiratory distress following Fine needle aspiration. The child underwent neck exploration with evacuation of hematoma. Though life threatening complications post Fine needle aspiration are rare, this case highlights the precautions to be taken while performing fine needle aspiration in deep seated neck mass. 


Fine needle aspiration biopsy, Neck, Hematoma, Pain

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