A lymph node biopsy removes lymph node tissue to be examined under a microscope for signs of infection or a disease, such as cancer.
Lymph node biopsy is done to:
There are several ways to retrieve a lymph node sample for examination under a microscope:
You will feel only a quick sting from the needle if you receive a local anesthetic to numb the skin. You may feel some pressure when the biopsy needle is inserted. After a fine-needle aspiration or core-needle biopsy, the site may be tender for two to three days and you may have a bruise around the site.
A radiologist will interpret your exam. The technologist who administers the test cannot interpret or discuss what they are viewing while performing the exam. A report will be sent to your doctor's office to discuss results.
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