A 42-year-old member asked:
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why does it take so long to get lymph node biopsy results?

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Dr. Sean Williamson
12 years experience Pathology
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.
Answered on Apr 28, 2015

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