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Lymph Node Neck 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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.
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
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
Multiple swollen neck lymph nodes. Excisional biopsy came back normal. Called them reactive nodes. Why is this?
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
I've had a small pea sized lymph node on the left side neck (1inch above collarbone) for almost two years. It hasn't changed. do I need a biopsy?
No: It's your friend. Everybody has a few of these ...Read more
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
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'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
Slow growing painless mass on neck (7 mo), US shows 2.0 cm hypoechoic lymph node, looks benign. CBC normal. 99.5-100.5 temp. Should we biopsy?
If its growing: in size, I would have it biopsied. ...Read more
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?
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?
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?
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
I have a decent size scar on my neck from a lymph node biopsy, how can I get rid of the scar of reduce the redness?
Ask your surgeon: Fresh scars are red which gets better after few days; if stays red and painful it maybe infected ...Read more
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?
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
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
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