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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
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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