Lymph node biopsy – excise, don’t incise  

MICHAEL HARDCASTLE We frequently receive incisional biopsies (e.g. wedge, Tru-cut or punch biopsies) of enlarged lymph nodes. Unfortunately these can be unsatisfactory for multiple reasons and excisional samples (i.e. removal of the entire node) are preferred. The main issues with incisional biopsies relate to sample distortion. Since lymphocytes are fragile and lymph nodes have a […]