Lymph Node Biopsy
There is a chance of an infection at the biopsy
site. An infection can be treated with
Call your doctor immediately
- Your pain lasts longer than a
- You have redness, a lot of swelling, bleeding, or pus from
the biopsy site.
- You have a fever.
- There is fluid buildup in the area where the lymph node was taken
out. This occurs most often when removing the lymph nodes that run in a line
from under the arm to the collarbone (axillary lymph nodes). This can happen
immediately after surgery or even months or years later. Most people who have a
lymph node biopsy do not have a problem with fluid
- Numbness in the skin near the biopsy site. This may be
caused by nerve damage.
A lymph node
lymph node tissue to be looked at under a microscope
for signs of infection or a disease, such as cancer. Test results from a lymph
node biopsy are usually available within a few days. Finding some types of
infections may take longer.
The lymph node sample is usually
treated with special dyes (stains) that color the cells and make problems more
Lymph node biopsy
| Normal: |
The lymph node has normal numbers of lymph
The structure of the lymph node and the
appearance of the cells in it are normal.
No signs of infection are
| Abnormal: |
Signs of infection, such as
mononucleosis (mono) or
tuberculosis (TB), may be present.
Cancer cells may be present. Cancer may
begin in the lymph node, such as
Hodgkin's lymphoma, or may have spread from other
sites, such as in
metastatic breast cancer.
What Affects the Test
A needle biopsy takes tissue
from a small area, so there is a chance that a cancer may be missed.