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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long does it usually take to get back biopsy results?

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Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Several days: Depending on the test, 1-14 days usually.
Dr. Cynthia Palabrica
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Results: Result return is dependent on the lab that is reading the results. Time for return, therefore, varies. Most biopsies at least have preliminary results within 48hrs.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How long dose it take to a lymph node biopsy result back?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Usually a couple of: Days. Uncomplicated lymph node biopsy can be read with a couple of days of the biopsy. However special tests may take longer, even a couple of weeks depending on the investigation needed.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get a biopsy report back?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends: Most biopsy results are completed in 2-3 days. Depending on the type of tissue and complexity of the lesion, some times it may take 2-3 weeks to complete all the studies.
A 42-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
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.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Biopsy results? How long does it typically take to get results from a biopsy?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Most : Most biopsies are processed immediately in the laboratory receiving them; accrediting organizations, such as college of american pathologists, recommend that biopsies be reported within 48 hours. Thus, hospitals and physicians with access to good laboratories will have results within that time frame. Your result may be delayed by a physician who has a very good reason. If a biopsy is difficult for the pathologist(s) to interpret, it is good practice to inform the physician who performed the biopsy...Explaining the delay, what diagnosis (diagnoses) is/are being considered and what is being done to resolve the issue. The pathologist will also ask the submitting physician if he/she suggests that anything else needs to be considered.

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