Lymph Node Biopsy

Collecting a tissue sample from the lymph node to check for diseases is called a lymph node biopsy. The types of lymph node biopsy are needle biopsy, open biopsy, and sentinel biopsy. It is used to diagnose breast cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, lung cancer, and leukemia.

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Are swollen lymph nodes in neck and inguinal area dangerous?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 30 years old. I have swollen glands in my neck which have been there for at least two to three years. I had a previous ultrasound for it which showed signs of reactive lymph nodes. I recently visited my GP as I felt swollen glands in my inguinal area for nine to ten months. I feel...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your concern. You have swollen lymph nodes for many months. So it is advisable to investigate with histopathology examination of enlarged node to rule out the underlying cause. For that biopsy has to be taken and send it for a histopathology examination. CT (c...  Read Full »

Does Prednisone help swollen lymph nodes?

Query: Hello doctor, Two years ago, I discovered a small lump in my neck near the back right side. My GP said it did not seem like anything to worry about and to come back if it grows. I noticed no growth, but it did not go away or shrink either. A year and a half later, I developed a rash and stomach blo...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

General Surgeon, Surgical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Oncologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The lymph nodes in the neck, if multiple and greater than 1.5 cm should be biopsied. Especially, if it is persistent for a long time. Most of the symptoms you have had are unrelated to lymphoma, but in a persistent lymph node, lymphoma should be ruled out. This is espe...  Read Full »

What size is a normal groin lymph node?

Query: Hello doctor, What measurement in a lymph node is looked at, to determine whether it is normal or not?  Read Full »

Dr. Saravan Pramod Settipalli

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped glands present throughout the body. The lymph system is an important part of the immune system, the body's defense system against diseases. Groups of lymph nodes can be felt in the neck (cervical), groin (inguinal), and underarms (a...  Read Full »

What does a lump under collar bone on right side mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I consulted two doctors regarding a lump that I could feel above my left collarbone, whenever I strain or turn my neck. Both the doctors said that it was just a prominent tendon, but gave me an ultrasound to ease my mind. The ultrasound said 'there is a 6 by 4 mm hypoechoic nodule in ...  Read Full »

Dr. Uphar Gupta

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is a lymph node in the left supraclavicular region called as Virchow's node. If enlarged, it may indicate a malignancy of the abdominal region as that is the draining pathway of the lymph from that area. A lymph node from cancer is generally very hard to palpa...  Read Full »

What Are The Causes Of Inguinal Lymphadenopathy?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a swollen lymph node in my groin and for which I took antibiotics for two weeks. But, there was no improvement. So two days back, I had a biopsy of the whole lymph node. I will get the results in five days from now. I am worried because, now I have another swollen lymph node in the...  Read Full »

Dr. Devendra


Answer: Hi, Welcome to For any cause of inguinal lymphadenopathy, excision of nodes is not a definitive treatment. It is done just for a diagnostic purpose, so once you get the biopsy reports, we will know more about your illness. The swelling in the other lymph node that is of no additional c...  Read Full »

Will excision biopsy remove the nodal metastasis in nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Query: Hi doctor, My son was recently diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma stage 3. He had undergone 35 sessions of IMRT as well as six sessions of chemotherapy. Three more sessions of chemotherapy have been prescribed and the first one was completed last week. Two more to go in three weeks time. Recen...  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh Samdariya

Radiation Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, based on the reports, the patient is hypovolemic (low BP). He needs a good oral diet and maybe if required admission and supportive care in the form of IV fluids. It looks like a recurrent disease in sub-mandibular nodes. It needs to be evaluated whether t...  Read Full »

I have a swollen lymph node since one year. Is it something to worry about?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old female. I went to my GP last year for a swollen lymph node, on the right side of the jaw. But, my GP was not concerned. Recently, I have noticed this lymph node is still there. It is movable, hard, sausage shaped and attached from under the ear. It is moveable next...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have a unilateral enlargement of the tonsil, namely the right one. A unilateral enlargement could usually indicate a malignancy, although at your age it does not seem probable. But, in my practice, I would advise a patient like you to undergo tonsillectomy surgery ...  Read Full »

I have enlarged lymph nodes in my neck from six months. Do I need a biopsy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am considering pursuing a second opinion about some palpable lymph nodes that have been present in my neck for approximately six months now. There is a total of eight of them, present on both sides of the neck. These are all cervical lymph nodes, with the exception of one, which is s...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

ENT Otolaryngologist, Audiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Any lymph node that is smaller than 1 cm is not significant, but multiple palpable lymph nodes should be investigated. In my opinion, you should get a FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) done from the lymph nodes to rule out any infection or malignancy. For more i...  Read Full »

What can cause lymph node enlargement in the neck?

Query: Hi doctor,I would like to seek your help on higher lymphocyte count. I am taking antibiotics after my doctor noticed enlarged lymph nodes on my neck and edge of my ears. I am under medication to check whether this infection is due to some throat issues or not. But, my ESR count remains same after a...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshuman Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems that you are suffering from an inflammatory condition, which is either viral or chronic bacterial. In both these cases lymphocyte counts could be higher. Your other cell counts are normal including platelets and RBC count (red blood cell). You need not w...  Read Full »

I have swollen lymph nodes in armpits, groin and neck. Is it lymphoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed swollen lymph nodes on both my armpits and groin area as well on the right side of my neck. They have been there for six weeks now and are not painful. I had a blood test and they are normal. I am having a CT scan this week. I have no other symptom. Do you think it is lymp...  Read Full »

Dr. Elina Angelova Beleva


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your condition requires a definite verification with a biopsy of a lymph node in order to exclude the presence of lymphoma. A case of generalized enlarged lymph nodes is always very concerning. I would advise you to undergo a biopsy testing for sure, regardless of CT s...  Read Full »

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