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I'm having open biopsy of neck lymph node diagnosed with atypical by previous needle biopsy. Is cancer likely to be found?

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Dr. Herbert Hoover
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In brief: Not necessarily

More history would be helpful such as is there a past history of cancer anywhere or a current mass in your thyroid or any other part of your body? "Atypical" findings on a fine needle biopsy can be secondary to inflammation and not malignancy.
However, excisional biopsy of the node is critical to rule out malignancy. Good luck!

In brief: Not necessarily

More history would be helpful such as is there a past history of cancer anywhere or a current mass in your thyroid or any other part of your body? "Atypical" findings on a fine needle biopsy can be secondary to inflammation and not malignancy.
However, excisional biopsy of the node is critical to rule out malignancy. Good luck!
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