A 24-year-old female asked:
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swollen lymph nodes for a year, enlarged thyroid no medications. tests all normal, haven't had cbc in a year tho. discussing biopsy, should i?

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Dr. Marinely Cruz-amy
17 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Biopsy: I would strongly suggest a biopsy especially if the lymph nodes are painless. Among the differential diagnosi is lymphoma. An excisional biopsy is the standard of care to diagnosed lymphoma
Answered on Sep 3, 2014
Dr. A Daniel Pinheiro
24 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Swollen nodes: If swollen nodes are a concern, you can usually have something less invasive than an open biopsy. You can have a Fine Needle Aspiration biopsy also called FNA. The FNA can be used to get cultures and also to exclude lymphoma and other cancers. When suspicion for a lymphoproliferative is high, an open biopsy can be performed. An Ultrasound is a noninvasive test that can also be helpful.
Answered on Sep 14, 2014
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