What Affects the Test
If you have had mediastinoscopy
or open-heart surgery, you may not be able to have this procedure. Scarring
from the first procedure may make it hard to do a second procedure.
What To Think About
If a lymph node
biopsy needs to be examined quickly (while you are
still asleep), the sample will be taken immediately to the laboratory. There it
will be frozen and sliced into very thin sections for examination under a
microscope. If the lymph nodes show that you have cancer, surgery may be done
right away to remove the cancer while you are still asleep. If a frozen section
sample is not needed, a permanent section is made and the results usually are
available in 2 to 4 working days.
Other Works Consulted
Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.
Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.
Primary Medical Reviewer
||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
||Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
||November 1, 2012