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A 42-year-old member asked:

Why does it take so long to get lymph node biopsy results?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean Williamson
Pathology 14 years experience
It's complex: Lymph node biopsies often require additional types of testing compared to other biopsies. In addition to looking at the cells under the microscope, the cells often need to be analyzed using specialized techniques. Sometimes molecular testing is also performed. All of these pieces are integrated together making the process a little longer than other biopsies.

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

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

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

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Dr. Martin Raff
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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.
Last updated Apr 28, 2015

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