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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
120 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?

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

Surgical?Not So Much: The recovery from a lymph node biopsy is dependent upon the location of the lymph node and the biopsy method. A needle biopsy under local anesthesia...You can work the same day. A sentinel ln biopsy for breast cancer...Most of my patients are pretty sore the next day...Waiting 2-3 days to return to work would be advisable. ...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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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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