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Why does my ENT want to biopsy a cyst in my perodid gland and what could it tell him?

Why does my ENT want to biopsy a cyst in my perodid gland and what could it tell him?

Cysts aren't normal: Biopsy will show the cause of the abnormality in your parotid gland. Most things are benign and not serious, but occasionally a malignancy can occur and this would dramatically change the treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Ent And Head And Neck Surgery (Definition)

Also known as otolaryngology, this medical specialty deals with the diagnosis and (medical & surgical) management of diseases of the ears, nose, mouth, throat, neck, sinuses, voice box and face. Some areas of expertise in otolaryngology include voice and swallowing problems, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, allergy, hearing and balance disorders, nasal and ...Read more


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Small round hard bump, white underneath flesh on tonsIl.Just appeared one day. Can a ENT biopsy this? Maybe scan? Hasn't got bigger. Scared :(

Small round hard bump, white underneath flesh on tonsIl.Just appeared one day. Can a ENT biopsy this? Maybe scan? Hasn't got bigger. Scared :(

Tonsillolith: This sounds like it could be a "Tonsillolith" or a "tonsil stone". These are a common and completely benign. You can often see the white top of the "stone" but the base fills a tonsil crypt and can be difficult to remove. You can try irrigating with a waterpik, or gently pushing on the base of the stone with a finger and trying to push it out. ...Read more

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Would my ENT know if a tongue biopsy is necessary for the red area on my tongue? I'm in pain. Just a small light red irritated area. He said no lesion

Yes: If a tongue spot is present over time and is not improving, or specifically worsening, a biopsy is often the best way to diagnose the issue or reassure that nothing problematic is present. ...Read more

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How do I know if i need a ENT or oral surgeon to take a biopsy of my tongue?

How do I know if i need a ENT or oral surgeon to take a biopsy of my tongue?

Either can: Either an oral surgeon or an ENT specialist can take a biopsy of your tongue. See whom your general dentist thinks would be more appropriate and recommends. ...Read more

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ENT discovered an incidental neoplasm on bottom of tonsil She biopsied it. Results pending. What % are cancerous? Could Dr tell its HPV by looking?

ENT discovered an incidental neoplasm on bottom of tonsil  She biopsied it. Results pending. What % are cancerous? Could Dr tell its HPV by looking?

Not looking: Physicians need the benefit of looking at tissue under the microscope. Also viral studies including what is called PCR will help identify the virus. Hope everything goes well. ...Read more

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Black spot under tongue of 5 y/o. Prev biopsy of toe lesion dysplastic nevus. No fam history of melanoma. Gp/ent rec biopsy after watch 2mos. Ok wait more?

Black spot under tongue of 5 y/o. Prev biopsy of toe lesion dysplastic nevus. No fam history of melanoma. Gp/ent rec biopsy after watch 2mos. Ok wait more?

No: No... If your ENT recommends a repeat biopsy within a certain amount of time- follow the recommendations. Dysplastic nevus is a precancerous type lesion. Dysplasia indicates the cell architecture has morphed towards the spectrum of cancer and can definitely become a cancerous lesion. Follow all recs closely as any cancer is better treated when found early. ...Read more

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5 nodes down left side of neck with 6 others throughout neck/collarbones. All <1cm. ENT said normal due 2 thin neck. No symptoms. Do I need biopsy?

5 nodes down left side of neck with 6 others throughout neck/collarbones. All <1cm. ENT said normal due 2 thin neck. No symptoms. Do I need biopsy?

Neck Nodes: Greetings. The need for a biopsy is a decision based on multiple factors. Some of these risk factors include, recent change in the nodes, do you smoke or drink alcohol, family history of cancer, other lymph node swelling in other areas, skin appearance, tenderness of the neck and degree of mobility of these nodes. You had an image that gave sizes and it looks like a good ENT managing your case. ...Read more

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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