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What Does It Mean If My Doc Wants A Lymph Node Biopsy
Excision: A lymph node biopsy is usually recommended because a lymph nofe is enlarged. Three general types of biopsies can be done... An fna (fine needle aspiration)... This provides clusters of cells a pathologist will look at to make a diagnosis. The second is an incisional where a portion of the lymph node is taken. The third is excisional where the entire lymph node is taken. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are many causes of enlarged lymph nodes, and sometimes the best way to understand why is to have a doctor obtain tissue from the enlarged lymph node. A pathologist can then look at the biopsy and help determine why it is enlarged. The most common cause is infection, but it is important to rule out cancer as a possible cause. Good treatments are possible once ...Read more
What does progressive transformation of germinal centers mean - in relation to his axillary lymph node biopsy.
A reaction pattern: Ptgc is a benign pattern of exaggerated response in some enlarged lymph nodes (chronic lymphadenopathy). There is weak association with hodgkin's disease . Although ptgc is not considered a premalignant lesion in this latter case, your doctor may follow you and possibly biopsy/remove any enlarged lymph nodes in the future (if any) for a similar examination. ...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
Mediastinal lymph node biopsy, small cell lung cancer. Lungs clear on CT. Is this an unknown primary or not, ie does sclc mean primary must be in lung?
If my thyroglobulin test cows back undetected is it a good chance y lymph node biopsy wi be benign?
Lymph node: Hard to tell till the result is available. Hope all goes well! ...Read more
Lymph node biopsy: There are many causes of enlarged lymph nodes, and sometimes the best way to understand why is to have a doctor obtain tissue from the enlarged lymph node. A pathologist can then look at the biopsy and help determine why it is enlarged. The most common cause is infection, but it is important to rule out cancer as a possible cause. Good treatments are possible once you know the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
~48hrs: Most basic pathology results from a biopsy should be available in ~48hrs. The tissue needs to fix in formalin for a particular amount of time (6hrs-overnight) then be processed, slides made and stained, then interpreted. Each of these steps takes time. Additional staining or deeper cuts for furthe evaluation/markers may add another day before the full results are back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unclear question: Tumors usually spread form the primary site to local lymph nodes and to the rest of the body. What was the status of the first lymph node? If it had cancer, you are at risk of cancer cells in the rest of the body. A second node with tumor makes matter worse, but if the second node is negative, it does not mean that there is no cancer in the body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many and No.: Lymph node have primary cancers arising in lymphoid tissues, i.E, various types of lymphomas. Tumors from other organs also spread to lymph nodes. Virtually all carcinomas spread to the local and regional nodes. There is no reason for a healthy person to have a lymph node biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See specialist: This is an important question to discuss with your dermatologist. If the melanoma is 1-4mm thick, sln biopsy is often recommended. Between 0.7-1mm depends on other features of your melanoma. Since we have yet to demonstrate survival benefits, sln biopsy is still used primarily for staging. That said, discussion with your specialist is essential as each case is different. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How long does it take for lymph node biopsy results to come back? (been a week) is no news always good news? X
Soon: Lymph node biopsies often require additional testing compared to other biopsies. In addition to looking at the cells under the microscope, the cells often need to be analyzed using special techniques. Then these pieces of information are integrated together making the process a little longer than other biopsies. By a week though, the results should be very soon. Your doc may receive them first. ...Read more
Lymph node biopsy? For every type of cancer, is it standard to do a lyph node biopsy? What does it typically detect?
Only in some: Lymph nodes can be thought of as filters in the body. Nodes can sometimes "catch" cancer cells as they begin to spread outside the organ or tissue where the cancer started. A node biopsy looks for cancer cells trapped and growing in a node. For some, but not all, kinds of cancer, a lymph node biopsy is necessary to determine the stage of the disease and appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a cervical lymph node biopsy today. It is 3cm and not growing over 6 months. It is very hard. Is it possible to be benign and very hard?
Possible: The size and firmness of the lymph node are concerning for cancer, but some infections, such as tuberculosis, can present similarly. The pathologist will need to examine the cells under the microscope and may need a couple days to do special staining to give you a complete answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Lymph nodes are part of the immune system, present in the neck, armpits, groin, abdomen etc. Lymph nodes become enlarged due to infections and tumors. In some cases an enlarged lymph node is removed, biopsy, for examination by a pathologist for diagnosis. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/swollen-lymph-nodes/ds00880. ...Read more
It's complex: Lymph node biopsies often require additional types of testing compared to other biopsies. In addition to looking at the cells under the microscope, the cells often need to be analyzed using specialized techniques. Sometimes molecular testing is also performed. All of these pieces are integrated together making the process a little longer than other biopsies. ...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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