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Should lymph node margins be sharply defined?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
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In brief: Monitoring Centers

Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food.
Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.

In brief: Monitoring Centers

Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food.
Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. John Fung
Surgery

In brief: No

While it is unclear why the ln is being removed, usually the ln itself is a self contained lump of tissue that is generally removed as a whole ln.
On occasion, if too large or fragile, it can be removed in pieces, but for purposes of diagnosing pathology, a piece is as good as the whole. For cancer purposes, if a tumor has spread to the ln, it doesn't really matter if is it taken out whole.

In brief: No

While it is unclear why the ln is being removed, usually the ln itself is a self contained lump of tissue that is generally removed as a whole ln.
On occasion, if too large or fragile, it can be removed in pieces, but for purposes of diagnosing pathology, a piece is as good as the whole. For cancer purposes, if a tumor has spread to the ln, it doesn't really matter if is it taken out whole.
Dr. John Fung
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