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how long do lymph node biopsy results take to come back?

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Varies: As a general rule, 24-48 hrs, but if there are cultures pending or special stains needed it may take longer. Usually preliminary results are available within a day, but complete testing can be prolonged. Sometimes pathologists may send tissue to reference labs for confirmatory diagnoses or second opinions.
Answered on Aug 14, 2019
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Dr. Sean Canale
29 years experience Breast Surgery
~48hrs: Most basic pathology results from a biopsy should be available in ~48hrs. The tissue needs to fix in formalin for a particular amount of time (6hrs-overnight) then be processed, slides made and stained, then interpreted. Each of these steps takes time. Additional staining or deeper cuts for furthe evaluation/markers may add another day before the full results are back.
Answered on Nov 20, 2019
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