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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.


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 Hemant Sheth

Consultant laparoscopic, Upper GI & HPB surgeon

MS, FRCS, MD( Res)

The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Andrew McLaren

Consultant Endocrine and General Surgeon


The Chiltern Hospital 1 more The Shelburne Hospital

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Mr Vinod Prabhu

Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgeon

MBBS, DLO, DOHNS (England), MRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS(ORL-HNS) Edinburgh

Werndale Hospital

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Mr Andrew Camilleri

Consultant ENT Surgeon


The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Phillip Ameerally

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

BDS, MBBS (Hons), FDS, FRCS (MaxilloFacial)

The Saxon Clinic 1 more Three Shires Hospital

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Mr Mohammad Shorafa

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon


The Princess Margaret Hospital 3 more The Clementine Churchill Hospital The Chiltern Hospital The Shelburne Hospital

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