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Doctor insights on: Are Lymph Node Biopsies Done Under Ultrasound Guidance

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Average cost of lymph node biopsy with out insurance? Is an excisional biopsy in neck done under local anesthesia?

Average cost of lymph node biopsy with out insurance? Is an excisional biopsy in neck done under local anesthesia?

UCR: Usual, customary, and reasonable fees may vary. The usual and customary fee is defined as the charge for health care that is consistent with the average rate or charge for identical or similar services in a certain geographical area. In your area, van nuys, range is $1000- $1300. ...Read more

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Excisional biopsy R groin-now seems to be a lymph node near hip bone enlarging and painful. Results were negative for malignancy on biopsy. Normal?

Excisional biopsy R groin-now seems to be a lymph node near hip bone enlarging and painful. Results were negative for malignancy on biopsy. Normal?

Normal: often after a lymph node biopsy in groin or under the arm the remaining lymph nodes will swell as a reaction to the surgery. this is a normal part of your body's healing mechanisms. the lymph node should go back to relatively normal size in 6 weeks to several months ...Read more

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Can abnormal lymph nodes be detected on an ultrasound?neck lymph nodes

Can abnormal lymph nodes be detected on an ultrasound?neck lymph nodes

Yes: Most neck or cervical nodes can be visualized by ultrasound with characterization of texture, determination of size, and vasculature or hyperemia. Many times simple benign nodes are differentiated from infected and metastatic nodes. ...Read more

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Lymph node biopsy? What should one expect when results of a lymph node biopsy are "abnormal"?

Lymph node biopsy? What should one expect when results of a lymph node biopsy are "abnormal"?

Expect more.: Biopsy results will not be "abnormal." they will be quite specific as to the abnormailty if any is found. Diagnosis and treatment will be based upon biopsy results so there is no room for generic "abnormal.". ...Read more

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Are antibiotics required after a sentinel lymph node biopsy?

Are antibiotics required after a sentinel lymph node biopsy?

No: Often, patients will receive IV antibiotics in the or prior to the procedure, but a prescription for antibiotics afterwards is not necessary. ...Read more

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Should axillary sentinel node biopsy be done after chemotherapy?

Should axillary sentinel node biopsy be done after chemotherapy?

Usually before.: Sentinel lymph node biopsy is usually done at the time of lumpectomy for breast cancer. The information gained is used in the decision making as to whether adjuvant chemotherapy should be given to increase the likelihood of cure. Rarely, it might be done after chemotherapy if the initial role of chemo was to shrink the tumor to allow surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy). ...Read more

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Can CT scan detect breast cancer or lymphoma? Having swollen axillary lymph nodes since months+ fibroadenomas+complex cyst,ct scan results were normal

Can CT scan detect breast cancer or lymphoma? Having swollen axillary lymph nodes since months+ fibroadenomas+complex cyst,ct scan results were normal

CT can detect: the enlarged lymph nodes associated with lymphoma, but a biopsy is necessary to make the diagnosis. CT can occasionally pickup a breast cancer, but it is generally not utilized for detecting breast cancer or evaluating breast abnormalities. Mammography, ultrasound, and mri are more appropriate. ...Read more

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Ct scan: swollen neck lymph node for 2 mths. Dr said reactive of benign nature and to f/u in 3 mths. Insist biopsy?

Ct scan: swollen neck lymph node for 2 mths. Dr said reactive of benign nature and to f/u in 3 mths. Insist biopsy?

Depends on imaging: The node's characteristics matter most, and that can only be determined by reviewing the actual images. A neck ct can be submitted to http://conciergeradiologist.Com in the next few weeks for an assessment that would better be able to answer your question. ...Read more

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Ct and/pelvis contrast for lymphadenopathy. multiple non enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes visualized. Do you always see these nodes on ct? Normal?

Ct and/pelvis contrast for lymphadenopathy. multiple non enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes visualized. Do you always see these nodes on ct? Normal?

These lymph nodes: may not mean anything, unless there is a readily diagnosed condition that will explain their existence, such as acute infection or tumor. Lymph nodes can pop in and out, without rhyme or reason. The existence of CHRONICALLY enlarging lymph nodes would be a red flag. Periodic followup CTs at intervals of 3 or 6 months would be recommended here. ...Read more

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How accurate is a needle biopsy into the neck lymph nodes for detecting cancer ?

How accurate is a needle biopsy into the neck lymph nodes for detecting cancer ?

It is very Accurate: It is very accurate if slides are examined by a competent Pathologist ...Read more

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Why would an ultrasound be done on an enlarged lymph node in the neck?

Why would an ultrasound be done on an enlarged lymph node in the neck?

Verify: That it is a lymph node and not another process such as a lipoma, cyst, etc. Also, ultrasound can suggest whether lymph node enlargement is inflammatory or malignant by seeing if the basic normal anatomy of the node is preserved or not. Lastly, to guide needle biopsy. ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph node 1.5x0.5cm on my neck for 2mnths. seen a General surgeon and Hematologist and done 2 US. all said reactive. should i ask for FNA?

Enlarged lymph node 1.5x0.5cm on my neck for 2mnths. seen a General surgeon and Hematologist and done 2 US. all said reactive. should i ask for FNA?

Depends on extent: Persistent benign nodes may be less than 3 mos. That said, some tumor lymphadenopathy may be even less and so to err on the side of caution, some docs may agree to biopsy, not necessarily using fine needle asp(FNA), unless with flow cytometry, since sampling error may be high.If nodes are multiple, bilateral, with no associated sources of infection, then the right decision is to biopsy. GoodLuckFA ...Read more

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Salivary glands swollen for 2 years now. Ct done only shows that they are enlarged biopsy done on gland lip only shows inflamed gland dye test done?

Salivary glands swollen for 2 years now.  Ct done only shows that they are enlarged biopsy done on gland  lip only shows inflamed gland dye test done?

Lots of things: Unfortunately, your description is not detailed enough to be of true help to you, but there are a wide range of diseases that can appear in the salivary glands. These range from reactive (stones), inflammatory/immune (sjogren's/igg4 disease), to neoplastic (tumor). A thorough discussion with the doctor who ordered the biopsy should be quite useful. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more