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Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?

Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?

Imaging/biopsy: You have been through a lot. Imaging with ct scan provides information and helps guide next steps, but is not diagnostic. A biopsy obtains tissue for pathology to make the diagnose of lymph node. The timing of biopsy in relation to your overall health will be best addressed between you and your doc. Take family or friend with you. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Neck Biopsy (Definition)

The neck contains many structures, so a "neck" biopsy is vague. However, you can sample the tissues or organs in the neck by many techniques: shave biopsy (skin), fine needle aspiration (small needle stuck into the area of interest), core needle biopsy (larger needle to get tissue for evaluation), open biopsy (incision in the skin and more tissue removed), and an ...Read more


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I had a lymph node biopsy (neck) that came back atypical cells. What does this mean and how likely is this cancer?

I had a lymph node biopsy (neck) that came back atypical cells. What does this mean and how likely is this cancer?

More investigation: Atypical cells means that the pathologist saw cells that weren't definitive for cancer, but were abnormal. These can be due to a number of things (infection, poor fixation, radiation, cancer, etc.), but rendering this diagnosis either means the pathologist will do special tests to determine this or lets your clinician know they may need more tissue if they are still suspicious. ...Read more

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How does a doctor find lymph node in neck to biopsy? Do they go by feel? Do they use special techniques? I have a large one thats easy to find.

How does a doctor find lymph node in neck to biopsy? Do they go by feel? Do they use special techniques? I have a large one thats easy to find.

Unclear question: There is usually no need to biopsy a node that is not enlarged. A fine needle aspirate may avoid the need for a biopsy. Going by feel is the usual way to biopsy. ...Read more

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

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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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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Multiple swollen neck lymph nodes. Excisional biopsy came back normal. Called them reactive nodes. Why is this?

Multiple swollen neck lymph nodes. Excisional biopsy came back normal. Called them reactive nodes. Why is this?

Not known: The pathologist will call enlarged nodes for which a cause can not be ascertained, "reactive". The good news is that there is no cancer. You may need to watch and wait. Do see your doctor again if the nodes get larger or nodes in other areas of the body get larger. ...Read more

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Are there many dangers of having a lymph node from my neck removed for biopsy?

Are there many dangers of having a lymph node from my neck removed for biopsy?

Low risk procedure: Removing a lymph node from the neck is a minor surgical procedure, most likely a day surgery or even an office surgery. Like all procedures, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, and/or damage to tissue. But the question that must be answered, is what's the risk of not having the information your doctor is seeking? The procedure may guide treatment, and will hopefully provide reassurance. ...Read more

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Can hlh leukemia or general leukemia be hereditary? I have symptoms and considering a biopsy of the lymph node in my groin or neck. Please let me know

Rare, if at all: But do not use abbreviations...I do not know what hlh leukemia is! a simple blood test is the first step before you start thinking about a lymph node biopsy. So get a CBC and if it is normal, then you should feel that nothing like a leukemia is the cause of your symptoms! ...Read more

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I took a lymph node biopsy in the neck two days ago and a lump appeared at the site where they extracted the lymph tissue today. Should i be worried?

I took a lymph node biopsy in the neck two days ago and a lump appeared at the site where they extracted the lymph tissue today. Should i be worried?

keep an eye on it: Probably nothing to worry about but keep and eye on it. If you see redness and start to experience pain or see puss see you doctor immediately since you may have developed an infection. Others things that can cause this include a hematoma. ...Read more

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I'm having open biopsy of neck lymph node diagnosed with atypical by previous needle biopsy. Is cancer likely to be found?

Not necessarily: More history would be helpful such as is there a past history of cancer anywhere or a current mass in your thyroid or any other part of your body? "Atypical" findings on a fine needle biopsy can be secondary to inflammation and not malignancy. However, excisional biopsy of the node is critical to rule out malignancy. Good luck! ...Read more

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My son had a biopsy on a lymph node in his neck. It came back benign but has a collection of white blood cells. What does this mean?

My son had a biopsy on a lymph node in his neck. It came back benign but has a collection of white blood cells. What does this mean?

Normal: All healthy lymph nodes have clusters of different types of white cells. They're your friends. If the pathologist did not give an additional diagnosis (for example, tuberculosis or Kikuchi-Fujimoto), consider yourself healthy. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes in neck for over a year. biopsy came back normal. New lymph node found back of thigh just above knee. What could be wrong?

Lymph nodes in neck for over a year. biopsy came back normal. New lymph node found back of thigh just above knee. What could be wrong?

Get checked again: It may take more than one biopsy to establish the diagnosis. You will likely need another biopsy on the newly developed node to find out the cause. ...Read more

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I'm getting a biopsy on my left lymph node in the neck. Doctor said that it will be removed completely. Is this going to affect me on the long run?

No: There are many L.N on each side of neck . So if there is a question about the Diagnosis due to persistently and abnormally enlarged Lymph Node. Excision Biopsy would be good idea instead of taking a tiny sample. ...Read more

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Would a pea sized lymph node in the neck be considered normal? My ENT does not want to biopsy it as it is mobile, soft and I have no other symptoms.

Would a pea sized lymph node in the neck be considered normal? My ENT does not want to biopsy it as it is mobile, soft and I have no other symptoms.

Size: If less than 1 cm watchful waiting and follow up is best. All the other characters are consistent with a normal lymph node. Trust your doc! ...Read more

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Hard lump under jaw left side of neck. Been for scans. Biopsy and lymph node removed 3 weeks ago. Lump still there and more painful, what could it be?

Hard lump under jaw left side of neck. Been for scans. Biopsy and lymph node removed 3 weeks ago. Lump still there and more painful, what could it be?

Wait for report: Wait for biopsy report , if it is benign, it is post operative reaction and will subside in couple of wks , speak to your surgeon if any treatment(s) are required based on the report. ...Read more

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Enlarged neck lymph node. CAT scan biopsy negative for tumors and cancer. Had mono a year ago. Lymph node still extremely enlarged dr. Says inflamed?

Enlarged neck lymph node. CAT scan biopsy negative for tumors and cancer.  Had mono a year ago.  Lymph node still extremely enlarged dr. Says inflamed?

See clinic doc: Persistent enlarged lymph node after a year of mononucleosis is unusual though some rare individuals may have these reactions to the virus Epstein Barr. To know if the lymph node is related to the above, it is best to be examined by a clinic doc or specialist to review adequacy of biopsy or imaging. There are tests on biopsied tissue to tell if Its infection,other non neoplastic or something else ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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