Lymph Node Biopsy

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A lymph node biopsy is a procedure in which a small a piece of lymph node tissue is removed from the body to diagnose infection, cancer, or other diseases.

Need to Know

Nice to Know
  • You will be asked to change into a gown prior to the procedure
  • You may be instructed to fast prior to the biopsy
  • Prior to the procedure, you should provide your physician with a list of medications you are currently taking
  • Imaging guidance may be used to increase the precision and accuracy of the needle placement

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Why is This Exam Done?

Lymph node biopsies are typically performed to diagnose infection, cancer, or other lymph node abnormalities.

What Will Happen During the Exam?

Fine Needle Lymph Node Biopsy

You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the lymph node area. Our experienced and caring physician will wait until the area is completely numb before proceeding. Once the area is numb the physician will use imaging guidance to place the needle into the lymph node tissue. It may be necessary to take more than once tissue sample. Once the sample is drawn it will be sent to a laboratory.

Core Needle Lymph Node Biopsy

You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the lymph node area. Our experienced and caring physician will wait until the area is completely numb before proceeding. Once the area is numb the physician will make a small incision and using imaging guidance will place the special tip needle into the lymph node tissue. It may be necessary to take more than once tissue sample. Once the sample is drawn it will be sent to a laboratory.

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How Should I Prepare?

  • You will be asked to change into a gown prior to the procedure
  • Inform your physician of any medications you are currently taking
  • After the procedure you may be monitored by a nursing staff for a few hours
  • You will need to plan on having a friend or family member drive you home
  • You may experience some soreness after the procedure, so it’s best to avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after the biopsy
  • Inform your physician if there is any chance you may be pregnant
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What Are the Benefits and Risks?

The benefits of Lymph Biopsy:

  • Recovery time is usually very quick. You should be back to a normal routine within 24 hours
  • Lymph Node biopsies can be necessary for an accurate diagnosis, so treatment may begin as necessary
  • Lymph Node biopsies allow physicians the ability to use imaging guidance to maximize precision in guiding the needle
  • Little or no scaring is caused by the biopsy

Risks you should be aware of:

  • There is a slight chance of infection
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Where Can I Get This Exam?

We perform lymph node biopsies in our Hartford office.

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