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I've had a fine needle biopsy of a lymph node behind my jaw. I was told preliminary results are normal but staining is still required. What is stain 4?

I've had a fine needle biopsy of a lymph node behind my jaw. I was told preliminary results are normal but staining is still required. What is stain 4?

Special tests: Routine processing of tissues and cells is generally completed in about 2 days. However, sometimes additional investigation is needed. A general term is special stains. It is a routine and usually needed process for some tissues, especially lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Fine Needle Aspiration (Definition)

Fine needle aspiration is when a doctor inserts a small needle into a part of the body to withdraw cells or fluid. This is typically done to capture a tissue sample to send to ...Read more


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Can a lymph node fna with flow cytometry rule out lymphoma?

Can a lymph node fna with flow cytometry rule out lymphoma?

Not 100%: Many enlarged lymph nodes are not cancerous are instead benign and a result of another disease process. An fna is a good starting test for evaluating lymph nodes that appear to not be associated with other things that go along with lymphoma, but if suspicion is high, a fine needle aspiration (fna) is not enough and an excisional biopsy is preferred. ...Read more

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2.5 cm jugular lymph node fna came back neg for malignancy but didn't show infection either. .... next step?

2.5 cm jugular lymph node fna came back neg for malignancy but didn't show infection either. .... next step?

Wait: Studies show that a full history and physical /focus head and neck /thyroid indicated. Ultrasound is done first and lab work if indicated then referral to a specialist in this case ENT. FNAC is not perfect but if the biopsy was performed correctly the pathology under the microscope should be diagnostic but sampling error does occur was it guided? Please read this. Http://tinyurl. Com/z7twwrm ...Read more

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Level 1 lymph node 1.2 cm w/ hila small punctate foci hypervascular fna show reactive inflam node found out have 2 molar abcesses can this cause?

Level 1 lymph node 1.2 cm w/ hila small punctate foci hypervascular fna show reactive inflam node found out have 2 molar abcesses can this cause?

Yes: Any inflammation in the area drained by a lymph node can lead to enlargement of the node. It may take weeks to months for the lymph node to subside after successful treatment of the infection.
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Does scleroderma present with just a lymph node with punctate foci in neck & reflux no other symptoms fna neg 4 cancer no signs of anything?

Does scleroderma present with just a lymph node with punctate foci in neck & reflux no other symptoms fna neg 4 cancer no signs of anything?

Rare: Diseases are rare, and common diseases are common. Scleroderma is a rare disease, and what you have is common and doesn't indicate specific disorder or a disease. Consult with your doctor, if you wish, and trust his or her judgement, and have a life, best wishes ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph node 1.5x0.5cm on my neck for 2mnths. Seen a General surgeon and Hematologist and done 2 US. All said reactive. Should I ask for FNA?

Enlarged lymph node 1.5x0.5cm on my neck for 2mnths. Seen a General surgeon and Hematologist and done 2 US. All said reactive. Should I ask for FNA?

Depends on extent: Persistent benign nodes may be less than 3 mos. That said, some tumor lymphadenopathy may be even less and so to err on the side of caution, some docs may agree to biopsy, not necessarily using fine needle asp (FNA), unless with flow cytometry, since sampling error may be high. If nodes are multiple, bilateral, with no associated sources of infection, then the right decision is to biopsy. GoodLuckFA ...Read more

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R supraclavicular lymph node for 8 mths. 2 FNA's. Indetermined. Enlarged thyroid with bilateral nodules. L hemithyroidectomy 2 wks ago. Poss ca?

R supraclavicular lymph node for 8 mths. 2 FNA's. Indetermined. Enlarged thyroid with bilateral nodules. L hemithyroidectomy 2 wks ago. Poss ca?

Thyroid: You should have gotten a pathology report after the surgery by now. Call up your surgeon and ask for the report. They must not have passed on the info to you. Low probability of ca. ...Read more

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Very sore throat, a lump in my right side of my neck, fna of right lymph node says "lymphocytes consistent with reactive lymphoid hyperplasia"?

Very sore throat, a lump in my right side of my neck, fna of right lymph node says "lymphocytes consistent with reactive lymphoid hyperplasia"?

Benign report...: Fna of the lymph node is the first step in diagnosing the cause of lymphadenopathy. The quote from the pathology report means the findings of the aspirate are benign. Lymphoid hyperplasia means there is external stimulation of the lymph node by infection or possibly an autoimmune process. Please follow up closely with your doctor. Sometimes more tests are needed if it doesn't go down in size. ...Read more

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Two enlarged lymph nodes level 1&3 fna on suspicious one result favors reactive inflammation did that r/o cancer pretty much even if fna not on other?

Two enlarged lymph nodes level 1&3 fna on suspicious one result favors reactive inflammation did that r/o cancer pretty much even if fna not on other?

Sampling: The pathologist who examined the FNA can only say what was in the sample provided, not what may not have been sampled in the procedure. Unfortunately the result you stated does not rule out cancer. You may wish to discuss it with your doctor and may include the pathologist in the discussion to ascertain if removal of the lymph nodes is warranted.
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How long dose it take to a lymph node biopsy result back?

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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Why would only one lymph node swell in the neck. Blood results are normal?

Why would only one lymph node swell in the neck. Blood results are normal?

Lymph node: Lots of reasons. Nodes pick up inflammation or infection in their area and swell up. Sometimes they go away but it's not an absolute. You might get an ultrasound to look at the node. ...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 near kidney 3.6x2.7 cm. Had biopsy 5 days ago. What is a reasonable time frame to expect results? I'm so anxious waiting...

Varies: Lymphnode biopsies take longer than most other biopsies due to the number of tests done on lymphnodes. A week is not unusual. You may wish to check with your doctor if s/he has received the report. If not you may request your doctor to contact the pathologist reading the biopsy for a report. ...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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Hello doctors. I had a biopsy of my lymph node on oct 31st. How long does it take to get the test results?

Hello doctors. I had a biopsy of my lymph node on oct 31st. How long does it take to get the test results?

Depends on the: Complexity of the issue. Usual biopsy results are available in about 48 hours, however, lymphnodes usually require additional studies and may take a week or so. ...Read more

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My result patology lymph node was reactive follicullar hyperplasia but I have pain in my whole body yet? What's the matter?

My result patology lymph node was reactive follicullar hyperplasia but I have pain in my whole body yet? What's the matter?

Not the lymph node: The node is benign -- it was just fighting on your behalf. Your "total body pain" may be anything from fibromyalgia to vitamin d deficiency to lupus to polymyositis to polymyalgia rheumatica to someone who doesn't like you poisoning you with arsenic to many others. A proper history and physical with a few basic labs should identify the cause. Good luck ; stay proactive. ...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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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