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Dr. Morton Levitt
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Lymph Node Biopsy (Overview)

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 you know the cause.


Dr. Morton Levitt
133 doctors shared insights

Lymph Node Biopsy (Overview)

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 you know the cause.


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What can a lymph node biopsy tell?

What can a lymph node biopsy tell?

Lymph node character: A lymph node biopsy can tell us about th character of the lymph node. It is commonly performed to determine if they are reflective of inflammation, spread of cancer or infection. ...Read more

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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 the definition or description of: lymph node biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: lymph node biopsy?

Lymph node biopsy: 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 you know the cause. ...Read more

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Does a lymph node biopsy require the lymph node to be removed entirely?

No: Lymph nodes can be biopsied using fna (fine needle aspiration), but it is easier to take the entire node out, subtotal or wedge biopies may not heal and leave larger scars. ...Read more

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If my lymph node biopsy came back inconclusive.Can I find out in other ways?

If my lymph node biopsy came back inconclusive.Can I find out in other ways?

DEPENDS: Your physician (hopefully an id) can guide the workup of your disease, which may be infectious, malignant, inflammatory, or reactive. Blood tests may be available, but another biopsy may be the most direct method. ...Read more

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I have to get a lymph node biopsy. Will I be able to go to work the very next day?

Generally yes: This is often an out-patient surgery, and depending upon the location of the lymph node and the extent of exploration necessary, you should be able to work the next day, although you might need some mild pain control for local discomfort at the site biopsied. If this is a needle biopsy you will probably not need anything. ...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 should you wait before considering having a lymph node biopsied?

How long should you wait before considering having a lymph node biopsied?

Lymph node: There is no fixed time period to consider a biopsy of a large lymph node. It depends on the preliminary diagnosis, such as if large lymph node is firm to hard, immoveable (adherent), biopsy is considered in the first visit. On the other side if you have symptoms like fever, cough, itching etc lymph nodes may be considered reactive in nature and may subside after treatment of underlying condition. ...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 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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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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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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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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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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Should I have a sentinel lymph node biopsy to find out if there is spread to the lymph nodes?

See specialist: This is an important question to discuss with your dermatologist. If the melanoma is 1-4mm thick, sln biopsy is often recommended. Between 0.7-1mm depends on other features of your melanoma. Since we have yet to demonstrate survival benefits, sln biopsy is still used primarily for staging. That said, discussion with your specialist is essential as each case is different. ...Read more

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What does progressive transformation of germinal centers mean - in relation to his axillary lymph node biopsy.

A reaction pattern: Ptgc is a benign pattern of exaggerated response in some enlarged lymph nodes (chronic lymphadenopathy). There is weak association with hodgkin's disease . Although ptgc is not considered a premalignant lesion in this latter case, your doctor may follow you and possibly biopsy/remove any enlarged lymph nodes in the future (if any) for a similar examination. ...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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Lymph node biopsy? For every type of cancer, is it standard to do a lyph node biopsy? What does it typically detect?

Lymph node biopsy? For every type of cancer, is it standard to do a lyph node biopsy?  What does it typically detect?

Only in some: Lymph nodes can be thought of as filters in the body. Nodes can sometimes "catch" cancer cells as they begin to spread outside the organ or tissue where the cancer started. A node biopsy looks for cancer cells trapped and growing in a node. For some, but not all, kinds of cancer, a lymph node biopsy is necessary to determine the stage of the disease and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I had a cervical lymph node biopsy today. It is 3cm and not growing over 6 months. It is very hard. Is it possible to be benign and very hard?

I had a cervical lymph node biopsy today.  It is 3cm and not growing over 6 months.  It is very hard.  Is it possible to be benign and very hard?

Possible: The size and firmness of the lymph node are concerning for cancer, but some infections, such as tuberculosis, can present similarly. The pathologist will need to examine the cells under the microscope and may need a couple days to do special staining to give you a complete answer. ...Read more

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Whats an open inguinal lymph node biopsy?

Surgery: This is where a small surgical incision is made and the lymph node is dissected out and removed or at least a portion of the lymph node is cut out and sent for testing and cultures. This is not as commonly done with inguinal nodes as it is for nodes in other areas. ...Read more

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100.2 fever after lymph node biopsy in neck what's normal and what's not normal?

100.2 fever after lymph node biopsy in neck what's normal and what's not normal?

Not usual: Call the doctor that asked you to follow up after the biopsy or if there is suture to be checked taken out or care for a possible infection. If not tender, you may have reactions to other factors such as latex, beta iodine or others you ingested unrelated to the biopsy. Do not worry,some people do have febrile reaction, even with minor pricks or bites. But do check your biopsy pathology,obviously. ...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

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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