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What does it mean if my doc wants a lymph node biopsy?

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 more

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Dr. Morton Levitt
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Lymph Node Biopsy (Definition)

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


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What does progressive transformation of germinal centers mean - in relation to his axillary lymph node biopsy.

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

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I had a lymph node biopsy (neck) that came back atypical cells. What does this mean and how likely is this cancer?

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

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What can a lymph node biopsy tell?

Lymph node character: A lymph node biopsy can tell us about th character of the lymph node. It is commonly performed to determine if they are reflective of inflammation, spread of cancer or infection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lymph node biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: lymph node biopsy?

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 more

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How is a popliteal lymph node biopsy performed?

How is a popliteal lymph node biopsy performed?

The popliteal: Space is the pocket behind the knee. There are lymph nodes in this area. A surgeon would numb the skin and tissue and remove the lymph node for pathologic study. ...Read more

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Which types of cancers does a lymph node biopsy detect?

Lymphatic spread: Any cancer that has spread into lymphatic system and has reached the lymph node can be detected by lymph node biopsy. Then there are primary cancers of the lymphatic system which can also be easily diagnosed with biopsy. ...Read more

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How long do lymph node biopsy results take to come back?

~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 more

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Can a second lymph node biopsy show cancer has left my body entirely?

Can a second lymph node biopsy show cancer has left my body entirely?

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 more

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What cancers does a lymph node biopsy detect? Should healthy people have them?

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 more

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Should I have a sentinel lymph node biopsy to find out if there is spread to the lymph nodes?

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 more

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How long does it take for lymph node biopsy results to come back? (been a week) is no news always good news? X

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

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Lymph node biopsy? For every type of cancer, is it standard to do a lyph node biopsy? What does it typically detect?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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What is a lymph node biopsy and what is it for?

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

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Does a lymph node biopsy require the lymph node to be removed entirely?

No: Lymph nodes can be biopsied using fna (fine needle aspiration), but it is easier to take the entire node out, subtotal or wedge biopies may not heal and leave larger scars. ...Read more

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How long dose it take to a lymph node biopsy result back?

Usually a couple of: Days. Uncomplicated lymph node biopsy can be read with a couple of days of the biopsy. However special tests may take longer, even a couple of weeks depending on the investigation needed. ...Read more

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Why does it take so long to get lymph node biopsy results?

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

Dr. Louis Gallia
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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