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Do I need a biopsy if my lymph node is big and sore?

Do I need a biopsy if my lymph node is big and sore?

Doubtful: How long has it been that way, is it fixed to underlying tissue or mobile, is continuing to enlarge, where is it located, do you know what may have caused it to enlarge? Watch this for a while. If it does not begin to resolve, seek physician input. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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


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Post lymph node biopsy, egg sized solid lump, not bruised or painful just very hard and big is this a hematoma? Are they colourless and pain free?

Post lymph node biopsy, egg sized solid lump, not bruised or painful just very hard and big is this a hematoma? Are they colourless and pain free?

Maybe: A hard knot at the site of the lymph node excision could be fluid (seroma), blood (hematoma), infection (abscess) or possibly inflammation. Most of these conditions except an abscess should resolve spontaneously but may take a few weeks. I'd recommend you have it checked by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Sore, swollen lymph nodes under my right arm for 8 months. Spread to groin, & behind both knees. Ct scan neg. Had two sonograms under right arm, but surgeons say nodes not big enough to biopsy?

Sore, swollen lymph nodes under my right arm for 8 months. Spread to groin, & behind both knees. Ct scan neg. Had two sonograms under right arm, but surgeons say nodes not big enough to biopsy?

May need 2nd opinion: Sore lymph nodes are usually inflammatory and not malignant. I'm assuming that your nodes are less than 1 cm in size if your surgeon says they are too small to biopsy. Malignant nodes usually grow slowly to greater than 1cm. That is not an absolute rule and biopsy can be considered if nodes are persistent and are otherwise unexplained. If they persist and are concerning, get another opinion. ...Read more

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What happens in a lymph node open biopsy?

Several things: Numb the area, make a small incision and inspect the lymph node visually; then either obtain a portion of the node or more likely remove the node, and then obtain portions for culture, for microscopic examination using some sophisticated testing procedures. They may ask for frozen sections (rapid exam) and when results arrive decide to do further surgery. This is a diagnostic procedure. ...Read more

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What is a lymph node biopsy and what is it for?

What is a lymph node biopsy and what is it for?

See below: Lymph nodes are part of the immune system, present in the neck, armpits, groin, abdomen etc. Lymph nodes become enlarged due to infections and tumors. In some cases an enlarged lymph node is removed, biopsy, for examination by a pathologist for diagnosis. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/swollen-lymph-nodes/ds00880. ...Read more

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What is lymph node excisional biopsy?

Sample lymph node: A surgeon cuts out the entire lymph node for pathological and sometimes microbiological examination. ...Read more

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How is a popliteal lymph node biopsy performed?

How is a popliteal lymph node biopsy performed?

The popliteal: Space is the pocket behind the knee. There are lymph nodes in this area. A surgeon would numb the skin and tissue and remove the lymph node for pathologic study. ...Read more

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Why is my doctor doing a biopsy of my lymph node?

Why is my doctor doing a biopsy of my lymph node?

Make a diagnosis: You have given very little information, so my answer must be very general. A biopsy of a lymph node is done almost always when the node in question is enlarged, and so the biopsy is to see why: is there cancer, whether lymphoma or metastatic cancer, or is there infection, or is there some other condition such as sarcoidosis? Only a biopsy can give a definitive answer. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my doc wants a lymph node biopsy?

Excision: A lymph node biopsy is usually recommended because a lymph nofe is enlarged. Three general types of biopsies can be done... An fna (fine needle aspiration)... This provides clusters of cells a pathologist will look at to make a diagnosis. The second is an incisional where a portion of the lymph node is taken. The third is excisional where the entire lymph node is taken. ...Read more

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Which types of cancers does a lymph node biopsy detect?

Lymphatic spread: Any cancer that has spread into lymphatic system and has reached the lymph node can be detected by lymph node biopsy. Then there are primary cancers of the lymphatic system which can also be easily diagnosed with biopsy. ...Read more

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

~48hrs: Most basic pathology results from a biopsy should be available in ~48hrs. The tissue needs to fix in formalin for a particular amount of time (6hrs-overnight) then be processed, slides made and stained, then interpreted. Each of these steps takes time. Additional staining or deeper cuts for furthe evaluation/markers may add another day before the full results are back. ...Read more

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Can a second lymph node biopsy show cancer has left my body entirely?

Can a second lymph node biopsy show cancer has left my body entirely?

Unclear question: Tumors usually spread form the primary site to local lymph nodes and to the rest of the body. What was the status of the first lymph node? If it had cancer, you are at risk of cancer cells in the rest of the body. A second node with tumor makes matter worse, but if the second node is negative, it does not mean that there is no cancer in the body. ...Read more

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I had a reactive lymph node under my armpit and biopsy came back benign.?

I had a reactive lymph node under my armpit and biopsy came back benign.?

Lymph node: I see axillary reactive lymph nodes commonly in females who shave the area seems to be most common in warmer climates, not exclusively. Occasionally I see better results with cool water. ...Read more

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What cancers does a lymph node biopsy detect? Should healthy people have them?

Many and No.: Lymph node have primary cancers arising in lymphoid tissues, i.E, various types of lymphomas. Tumors from other organs also spread to lymph nodes. Virtually all carcinomas spread to the local and regional nodes. There is no reason for a healthy person to have a lymph node biopsy. ...Read more

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