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Doctor insights on: Ct Guided Biopsy Superficial Lymph Nodes

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Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?

Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?

Imaging/biopsy: You have been through a lot. Imaging with ct scan provides information and helps guide next steps, but is not diagnostic. A biopsy obtains tissue for pathology to make the diagnose of lymph node. The timing of biopsy in relation to your overall health will be best addressed between you and your doc. Take family or friend with you. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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I had a CT scan with contrast dye and a mrcp with contrast on the same day-- 4hours apart. Also, scheduled a CT guided biopsy 2 days later. Any issue?

I had a CT scan with contrast dye and a mrcp with contrast on the same day-- 4hours apart. Also, scheduled a CT guided biopsy 2 days later. Any issue?

Be followed: As long as you have normal renal (kidney) function and you are monitored closely and well hydrated, you should be fine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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They found a spot or scar on my left lung. After 6 months they want to do a CT guided needle biopsy. What is this?

They found a spot or scar on my left lung. After 6 months they want to do a CT guided needle biopsy. What is this?

CT guided biopsy: When a spot is close enough to the chest wall, interventional radiologists are able to use ct scan pictures to guide a small needle into a spot. Normally, when a spot is found, we follow it with ct scans. It it looks like it's getting bigger, we plan for a ct guided biopsy to find out what it is. When the spot is away from the chest wall we consider bronchoscopy vs surgical removal. ...Read more

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Can a CT guided spine biopsy of L3 result in scar tissue? Had biopsy 3 weeks ago had a burning pain in my right anterior thigh one day later. Serious?

Can a CT guided spine biopsy of L3 result in scar tissue? Had biopsy 3 weeks ago had a burning pain in my right anterior thigh one day later. Serious?

Yes, but consider...: Yes, a ct biopsy can result in scar. However, the L3 nerve root supplies sensation to the anterior thigh. Most likely there is swelling around or irritation of this nerve root which could be expected after this procedure. If it doesn't resolve within a couple weeks, see your md. ...Read more

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I have ra, i had a mass on my chest, so they did ct-guided needle biopsy where the thymus is! doc has told me its not sarcoid, but could be lymphoma?

I have ra, i had a mass on my chest, so they did ct-guided needle biopsy where the thymus is! doc has told me its not sarcoid, but could be lymphoma?

Thymus: May be the source of the mass, and it could be invasive ornon-invasive. Thymomais associated with rheumatologic/auto-immune conditions. Lymphoma is another prospect, more rare are germ cell tumors (teratoma) and substernal thyroid. Sarcoid can involve any node bearing areas. ...Read more

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I have a 2cm reactive lymph node in my parotid gland area that hasnt went down in 2 yrs. i've done CT scans& biopsies. the node feels hot inside?

Parotid node: The results of your previous biopsy are an important part of the puzzle. I would find an ENT that i trust and ask for their input. A core needle biopsy could be performed if the previous biopsy is inconclusive. ...Read more

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Two areas showed up on CT scan 2 1/2 months ago liver & abdom lymph both Biopsied & negative. Repeat scan showed growth. Could it be Cancer returned?

Two areas showed up on CT scan 2 1/2 months ago liver & abdom lymph both Biopsied & negative.  Repeat scan showed growth. Could it be Cancer returned?

Suspect cancer: In someone with prior cancer, this secenario makes me suspect recurrence of cancer in the lymph nodes and in the liver. What did your doctor tell you and advise you to do? You should see your oncologist if you have had one in the past ...Read more

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Ct scan showed 1.4x1.4 CM ill defined mass right hilum.Too small to biopsy? 2.5cmx1.5 CM lymph node between aorta and IVC below renal hilum.concerns?

Lymph nodes: Difficult issue,from your description the larger node might be amenable to biopsy.Why are you having the CT performed? Short term follow up CT or other additional imaging should help ...Read more

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I have had a painless enlarged postauricular lymph node for 10 months. Saw ENT who wants a CT possible biopsy. What could it be?

Enlarged node.: A CT scan will demonstrated if the bump is a lymph node or some other problem. If it is an enlarged lymph node, there are multiple possible causes. Various infections are the most common likely reason but other causes include certain medication, scar tissue, and even cancer (although this would be unusual in a young man). A biopsy should give a definitive answer. ...Read more

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I have pain and swelling in groin. Recent CT scan states nonspecific inguinal lymph node. What kind of doctor does a biopsy?

It depends: A radiologist can perform a ct guided needle biopsy. A surgeon can perform an excisional biopsy. Surgeons and other physicians may be able to perform needle biopsies if they have access to ultrasound equipment or if the mass is palpable. ...Read more

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When should a lymph node be biopsied? Enlarged x6months pea sized. Clear labs, & head & neck CT. ENT says not large enough to warrenty a biopsy.

When should a lymph node be biopsied? Enlarged x6months pea sized. Clear labs, & head & neck CT. ENT says not large enough to warrenty a biopsy.

Increase in size: If the lymph node has not increased in size in six months, biopsy is not warranted. Many people have a solitary palpable lymph node in the neck often for reasons like dandruff. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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