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Dr. Arthur Balin
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Neck Biopsy (Overview)

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 excisional biopsy (all tissue).


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What is the definition or description of: neck biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: neck biopsy?

Sampling: 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 excisional biopsy (all tissue). ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Balin
11 doctors shared insights

Neck Biopsy (Overview)

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 excisional biopsy (all tissue).


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What is the indication of a neck biopsy?

What is the indication of a neck biopsy?

Lymph node: The most common reason for a neck biopsy is an enlarged lymph node (lymphatic gland). There are several reasons why a head and neck surgeon would perform this fairly simple procedure. The indications would vary from a tumor of the head and neck region or very possibly a lymphoma. Ask you surgeon. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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What is the malignancy rate of a neck biopsy?

What is the malignancy rate of a neck biopsy?

It depends, clarify.: Neck biopsies are done in suspected cases of malignancy, etc., so their rate of positive diagnosis is high, but there are other reasons/conditions that need biopsy. Other conditions, like skin conditions and autoimmune diseases can be on the neck and need this. To my knowledge there is no study determining the malignancy rate of a neck biopsy, since it would not be done if there was no need. ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate of having a neck biopsy?

What is the mortality rate of having a neck biopsy?

Nearly zero: Biopsies are harmless, with only very rare exceptions. If you biopsy a tumor that is producing vessels (angiosarcoma, paraganglioma, hemangioma), there is a risk of bleeding -- but generally, the risk of dying from a biopsy is as close to zero as you get. ...Read more

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Have you done a neck biopsy to rule out lymphoma? How hare is it?

Have you done a neck biopsy to rule out lymphoma? How hare is it?

I have HAD a neck: Node biopsy, and i did not have lymphoma, but that is why i had it done! it is a very typical procedure for an ENT or general surgeon to perfom as an outpatient undder local anesthesia. Getting the node (as opposed to aspirating cells) defines the archtecture and the composition of cell by a hematopathologist. Some nodes show other things, benign and malignant. ...Read more

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For a neck biopsy (to rule out lymphoma) how many nodes do they take out?

For a neck biopsy (to rule out lymphoma) how many nodes do they take out?

Maybe one: Usually only one lymph node can be sufficient for the pathologist to study, as all the lymph nodes in a region are expected to show similar findings. If there are more than one lymph node that are enlarged, then sometimes more are removed. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts of using colloidal silver before having an excisional neck biopsy?Can it be used before or after surgery?

What are your thoughts of using colloidal silver before having an excisional neck biopsy?Can it be used before or after surgery?

Colloidal silver: Is of no proven clinical benefit. Safety concerns about the accumulation of silver. I do not know of any clinical need for it ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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