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What happens in a lymph node open biopsy?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Several things

Numb the area, make a small incision and inspect the lymph node visually; then either obtain a portion of the node or more likely remove the node, and then obtain portions for culture, for microscopic examination using some sophisticated testing procedures.
They may ask for frozen sections (rapid exam) and when results arrive decide to do further surgery. This is a diagnostic procedure.

In brief: Several things

Numb the area, make a small incision and inspect the lymph node visually; then either obtain a portion of the node or more likely remove the node, and then obtain portions for culture, for microscopic examination using some sophisticated testing procedures.
They may ask for frozen sections (rapid exam) and when results arrive decide to do further surgery. This is a diagnostic procedure.
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