The differential diagnosis for multiple cystic neck lesions is different to that for a solitary cystic neck mass.
Cystic neck lesions are seen in:
- metastatic squamous cell carcinoma: older patient, M>F
- metastatic papillary thyroid carcinoma: usually a younger patient, F>M
- tuberculosis: demographic will depend on country as will reflect migration history
- treated lymphoma
- suppurative nodes: bacterial - usually has prominent surrounding fat stranding