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Lymph node biopsy

Book an appointment today to have a lymph node biopsy. Lymph nodes often require a biopsy to determine if they are harbouring an infection.

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Why do patients require a lymph node biopsy?

Lymph nodes can harbour infection and some cancerous tumours can metastasise to lymph nodes. We therefore sometimes require to biopsy or remove a lymph node to determine a diagnosis. 

How is this procedure performed?

Often we can obtain a small biopsy under ultrasound control using a fine needle.  If this biopsy process does not confirm the diagnosis then an open excision of a lymph node may be recommended.  This is performed through a small incision. 

Local anaesthetic is usually placed in the wound following the procedure to avoid post-operative discomfort.  The wound is closed with a suture.  The lymph node is sent for pathology but it can take some days to confirm the diagnosis.  

What is the recovery like? 

You should be able to go home the same day of your biopsy. You will likely feel some tenderness and soreness on the biopsied area for the first few days following your procedure. 

You will be advised to keep the biopsied area dry and clean during this time. 

You should be able to return to work the day following your biopsy. 

Are there any risks involved?

The specific risks of the procedure depend on the position of the lymph node and these risks will be explained by your surgeon. 

Specialists offering Lymph node biopsy

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Mr Akhtar Hussain

Consultant Otolaryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS

Albyn Hospital

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Mr Nicholas Gibbins

Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist

BSc, MBBS, MRCSEd, DO-HNS, FRCS(ORL-HNS), MD

The Blackheath Hospital

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Mr Joe Marais

Consultant Rhinologist and Nasal Plastic Surgeon

MBBCh, FRCS (Orl)

Bishops Wood Hospital 1 more The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Dermot Murphy

Consultant Breast Surgeon

MB, BCh, BAO, FRCSI, FRCS (Intercollegiate Gen Surg), BMin

Ross Hall Hospital

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Prof Simon Lloyd

Consultant ENT Surgeon

MBBS, BSc(Hons), MRCS, FRCS(ORL-HNS), MPhil

The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Stephen Derbyshire

Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon

MBChB, PGCert Med Sci, DOHNS, FRCS

Mount Alvernia Hospital

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