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Swollen Lymph Glands (cont.)

Swollen Lymph Nodes Diagnosis

  • The doctor will ask the person about any associated symptoms and perform a physical examination.
  • Depending on the extent of the problem, the doctor may order blood tests, X-rays, and a CT scan of the affected area.
  • On follow-up, a biopsy of the swollen node may be needed. A sample of the tissue may be taken out by withdrawing cells from the lymph node with a thin needle (fine needle aspiration or biopsy). In other cases a lymph node itself or a portion of a lymph node may be removed for examination. In all these cases the tissue is examined by a pathologist under a microscope to determine the cause of the swelling.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/15/2013

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