Br J Sports Med 40:317-319 doi:10.1136/bjsm.2005.022210
  • Original article

Soft tissue neck lumps in rugby union players

  1. J Dearing
  1. Correspondence to:
 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Raigmore Hospital, Old Perth Road, Inverness, Scotland, UK; jondearing{at}
  • Accepted 27 September 2005


Dorsal neck masses are well recognised in front row rugby union players. Previously undescribed in the medical literature, they may present in the primary or secondary care setting when they become symptomatic. Often misdiagnosed as lipomata, they may in fact be fibrous and deeply connected, with the consequences of embarking on surgery subsequently underestimated. This paper describes an epidemiological study using the rugby union media and gives key points for healthcare professionals involved in the management of such masses.


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