When is biopsy/surgery recommended?

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Question from Franz (on behalf of her neighbor):
Is a biopsy/surgery a must in the case of acute lymphadenitis? 

Answer from Dr. Leclair:
The only person(s) who can help her with this concern is her physician or a second opinion. Most of the time, a biopsy is considered to be the gold standard of diagnosis. There are many possibilities here that can range from a simple viral infection to malignancies, so I am sure that her physician waits to see the node with his/her own eyes.  If she is still hesitant, suggest a second opinion from the nearest medication school/medical center. The worst thing that can happen is that the second opinion will support the original ideas, and so she would have wasted some time.

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Page last updated on September 23, 2015