Lymph node biopsy
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Fine needle aspiration biopsy, or open surgical biopsy.
Fresh tissue: microbiological examination, frozen section, immunohistochemistry, smears, imprints, flow cytometry, cytogenetics and molecular genetics.
Fixed tissue: light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy (special fixative).
Investigation of lymphadenopathy; determination of extent of spread of neoplasms, staging of lymphoma.
Diagnosis of inflammatory conditions, infections and type and grade of malignancy.
Banks PM. In: Knowles DM ed. Neoplastic Haematology. 2nd ed. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 2001.