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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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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 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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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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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

Dr. John Landi
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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