Neck Examination

The video shows a simple scheme for examining the neck.
After introducing yourself, washing your hands and asking permission to examine the neck, check if there is any pain present and then look for swellings and scars from the front. Make sure that the patient is adequately exposed to do this - down to the clavicle is suggested.
Ask the patient to swallow and stick their tongue out.
Then pass to back and perform a systematic bi-manual palpation of all of the neck plus the nodes in front of and behind the pinna and the occipital nodes.
Ask the patient to swallow while you palpate the thyroid and midline and ask for tongue protrusion again.
Thank the patient and then summarise your findings.