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

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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Dr. Morton Levitt
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Lymph Node Biopsy (Definition)

There are many causes of enlarged lymph nodes, and sometimes the best way to understand why is to have a doctor obtain tissue from the enlarged lymph node. A pathologist can then look at the biopsy and help determine why it is enlarged. The most common cause is infection, but it is important to rule out cancer as a possible cause. Good treatments are possible once ...Read more


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How long does it take for lymph node biopsy results to come back? (been a week) is no news always good news? X

How long does it take for lymph node biopsy results to come back? (been a week) is no news always good news? X

Soon: Lymph node biopsies often require additional testing compared to other biopsies. In addition to looking at the cells under the microscope, the cells often need to be analyzed using special techniques. Then these pieces of information are integrated together making the process a little longer than other biopsies. By a week though, the results should be very soon. Your doc may receive them first. ...Read more

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How long dose it take to a lymph node biopsy result back?

Usually a couple of: Days. Uncomplicated lymph node biopsy can be read with a couple of days of the biopsy. However special tests may take longer, even a couple of weeks depending on the investigation needed. ...Read more

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Why does it take so long to get lymph node biopsy results?

Why does it take so long to get lymph node biopsy results?

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. ...Read more

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Is 3 weeks the right amount of time of a lymph node biopsy result?

NO: Please call your physician and lab that the biopsy specimen was sent to. 3 weeks is a bit too long. ...Read more

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How long for results on neck lymph node biopsy? Worse not knowing than knowing.

Varies: Generally there are preliminary results available immediately by frozen section, or permanent slides within 24-36 hours, but if special stains or consultation with other pathologists are necessary it may take appreciably longer. Full detailed results are seldom unavailable within a week. ...Read more

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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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How long after a positive lymph node biopsy is it safe to assume cancer is everywhere?

How long after a positive lymph node biopsy is it safe to assume cancer is everywhere?

No answer: A tumor with spread to local lymph node may be curable and cancer need not have spread everywhere. The risk of cancer spreading in the body increases with the incresiing number of lymph nodes being positive. However, there is no time line for the spread of cancer. Different tumors and people behave differently. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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