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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Is there anything serious to be suspected in my pathology report?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an open cervical lymph node biopsy performed about two months ago. They developed suddenly and became quite large over three months. I additionally have lost 35% body weight in a year. I feel incredibly fatigued, unable to eat, developed an enlarged spleen and even showed a sharp dr...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: When the nodes are small, during biopsy due to holding by forceps to remove the nodes, crush artifacts are known to occur. Larger nodes are much easier to remove without crush artifacts, whereas in smaller nodes, it can occur...  Read Full »

How to cure the two swollen inguinal lymph nodes in my right thigh for the past two months?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had two swollen inguinal lymph nodes in my right thigh for the past two months. I had an ultrasound done, and one measured 1.2 x 0.7 x 1.0 cm, heterogeneous, mildly hyperechoic, the other 1.3 x 0.6 heterogeneous, hyperechoic, small solid nodular structures appearing to reflect lym...  Read Full »

Dr. Pratik Patil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The inguinal nodes up to 2 cm are not significant. They could be because of infection in the genitals or leg areas. I would suggest a course of antibiotics tablet Augmentin (Amoxicillin and Potassium clavulanate) 625 mg thrice daily for seven days and observe. If it ...  Read Full »

Is it common to remove a salivary gland instead of a lymph node to check for lymphoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a biopsy done, and the surgeon was supposed to remove a lymph node to check for lymphoma. But, the surgeon removed my salivary gland by mistake. The surgeon sent off the salivary gland without knowing that he removed the wrong part and they ran a couple of tests. But, the report sta...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) say that you have lymphadenopathy. The tissue received for biopsy was a lymphoid tissue only. But, it was not a complete lymph node, and only incisional biopsy from a node was taken which do not show any abnorm...  Read Full »

I have pain in my penis with a scar. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, After testing positive for celiac disease, I had an EGD and biopsy three weeks ago. The pathology report stated that I had marked acute and chronic inflammation with severe reactive epithelial changes including villus blunting and gastric metaplasia. I was negative for H. pylori as I was ...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Here according to your history, you were positive for gluten disease. So, you might have done tissue transglutaminase antibody testing. It is very sensitive for that and then, a biopsy for confirmation. In histopathology report, villous blunting present but intra-epithel...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have numbness after undergoing a lymph node biopsy?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had an open lymph node biopsy with lymph node extraction. Since the moment I woke up from the general anesthesia, I realize that my trapezius muscle is not functional and my ear is numb. My doctor, who is a qualified ENT specialist, told me that it is unlikely to be an accesso...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The trapezius is supplied by accessory nerve, which also supplies sternocleidomastoid muscle. In the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), your right trapezius fold is diminished compared to the left. Accessory never injury during surgical ...  Read Full »

I have a soft bump behind my ear for a year. Is it infection or cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a soft bump behind my left ear and that is about 1.5 cm wide and 2.5 cm long. It has been there for about a year now and in the last four months or so it has become sore. I have photos of it too if that will help. I am wondering what it might be. I thought it would just go away, bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query and attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows: It appears to be a lymph node. It usually indicates some surrounding area infection like scalp.  As it is painful, probably in response to infection. If i...  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

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 »

Can lymph node enlargement occur permanently?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lymph node on the posterior side of my neck for three years. Its size and shape resemble that of a peanut, and it is movable. Two months before, I had another lymph node in front of my neck. It is also a small-sized lymph node and not increasing in size. I have a fear of lymp...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanya Dhingra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Lymph nodes are significant when their size is more than 1-1.5 cm. You do not have to be anxious about anything. I would like to know whether you have any loss of appetite. This is just to rule out some conditions. Sometimes lymph node e...  Read Full »

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

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

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 »

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