• Surgeon comments during needle biopsy?

    Asked by KriddleRN on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    Surgeon comments during needle biopsy?

    Did your surgeon/radiologist make any comments about the specimen sample they received during a core biopsy? What did they say?

    Mine said:
    -normally, lymph nodes roll around like a marble when trying to insert a needle, but mine was staying put, seemed to be attached to the surface underneath.
    -something about “I thought this would be a normal, sludgy lymph, but these samples are actually quite firm. Probably not lymphoma though, since this one is only 2 cm. [it doubled in size since my PET scan two months ago though]
    Then the NP made a comment, either about the lymph node displayed on the US, or about the samples, I’m not sure: “It’s strange how *something about the outside of whatever it was looking normal* but then this really thick, dense spot in the center.”
    I have no idea what that means. I will be finding out soon, I know, but just curious what others experiences were with the consistency of their samples.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • Carool's Avatar

      My only relative experience was when I had a sentinel axilary node biopsied during my lumpectomy. I’m just writing to wish you good luck with your results. Please keep us posted.

      about 1 month ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      It seems like whenever I've had a procedure done the person or persons doing it didn't say a word - whether positive or negative. I know it's really hard but hang in there while you wait for the results. Be gentle with yourself and please keep us posted.

      about 1 month ago

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