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Atypical groin lymph node. Does this mean cancer?

Atypical groin lymph node. Does this mean cancer?

Usually not.: But suggest a thorough physical examination and maybe some blood studies. ...Read more

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How likely are atypical cells found in a lymph node biopsy cancerous?

How likely are atypical cells found in a lymph node biopsy cancerous?

Questionable: When lymph nodes are examined it is to see if the are involved in an inflammatory process or have a primary or metastatic malignancy ongoing. Touch preps may help to define the presence of abnormal cells but if they do, immunohistochemistry is performed with a battery of monoclonals to see if a specific malignancy is present. At times normal skin and glandular elements are found in nodes ...Read more

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I had a lymph node biopsy (neck) that came back atypical cells. What does this mean and how likely is this cancer?

I had a lymph node biopsy (neck) that came back atypical cells. What does this mean and how likely is this cancer?

More investigation: Atypical cells means that the pathologist saw cells that weren't definitive for cancer, but were abnormal. These can be due to a number of things (infection, poor fixation, radiation, cancer, etc.), but rendering this diagnosis either means the pathologist will do special tests to determine this or lets your clinician know they may need more tissue if they are still suspicious. ...Read more

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I'm having open biopsy of neck lymph node diagnosed with atypical by previous needle biopsy. Is cancer likely to be found?

I'm having open biopsy of neck lymph node diagnosed with atypical by previous needle biopsy. Is cancer likely to be found?

Not necessarily: More history would be helpful such as is there a past history of cancer anywhere or a current mass in your thyroid or any other part of your body? "Atypical" findings on a fine needle biopsy can be secondary to inflammation and not malignancy. However, excisional biopsy of the node is critical to rule out malignancy. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you pop a lymph node?

Can you pop a lymph node?

Not poppable: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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What are the normal lymph node sizes?

What are the normal lymph node sizes?

What is "Normal": Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They come in all sizes from pea to lima bean. The are not usually easily felt. ...Read more

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What does the aortocaval lymph node do?

What does the aortocaval lymph node do?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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How serious are lymph node enlargements?

How serious are lymph node enlargements?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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What does a normal lymph node feel like?

What does a normal lymph node feel like?

Semi- soft: In certain places of the body you can feel normal lymph nodes, especially if toy are thin, should not hurt ...Read more

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