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GONZALEZ-SOSTO, Mariana et al. Cervical rib as a cause of supraclavicular tumour. Systematic review. Rev. ORL [online]. 2023, vol.14, n.3, e31173.  Epub 04-Mar-2024. ISSN 2444-7986.

Introduction and objective:

Discovering a hard supraclavicular mass is a worrisome finding because it usually implies an underlying malignancy. The objective of this work is to illustrate the clinical presentation and characteristics of a cervical rib, because as unusual as this entity may be, suspecting of it offers an immediate diagnosis, avoids unnecessary explorations and presents a benign diagnosis to the patient.


A systematic review about the differential diagnosis of hard supraclavicular masses is carried out by two independent revisers using five different academic search engines.


From the 96 articles found in the initial search, 14 that matched the inclusion criteria were chosen. The approach of these selected articles was the differential diagnosis of a cervical rib in patients with a hard supraclavicular mass.


Soliciting complimentary tests delays a diagnosis that can be easily made through a simple thorax radiography, saving the patient from the distress of tortuous pathway.


The differential diagnosis of a hard supraclavicular mass should include the possibility of a cervical rib.

Palavras-chave : Cervical rib; supraclavicular mass; neck mass; hard neck lump.

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