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

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: ~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.

In brief: ~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.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Varies

As a general rule, 24-48 hrs, but if there are cultures pending or special stains needed it may take longer. Usually preliminary results are available within a day, but complete testing can be prolonged.
Sometimes pathologists may send tissue to reference labs for confirmatory diagnoses or second opinions.

In brief: Varies

As a general rule, 24-48 hrs, but if there are cultures pending or special stains needed it may take longer. Usually preliminary results are available within a day, but complete testing can be prolonged.
Sometimes pathologists may send tissue to reference labs for confirmatory diagnoses or second opinions.
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