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

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Barry Rosen
A CORE BIOPSY is like an FNA but more tissue is removed and is often the best choice.
Dr. H Robert Silverstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Many possibilites

Look up "lymphadenopathy" in google.
Most causes are benign. www.thepmc.org.

In brief: Many possibilites

Look up "lymphadenopathy" in google.
Most causes are benign. www.thepmc.org.
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