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A lymph node biopsy removes lymph node tissue. The tissue is then looked at under a microscope. It will be studied for signs of disease, such as cancer, or signs of infection.
At the site where the tissue was removed, you may have:
During the procedure, your doctor may have used a blue dye, a radioactive material, or both. The dye may give your skin a bluish colour for several days after the biopsy. And it may turn your urine green for 1 or 2 days. The radioactive material leaves your body quickly through your urine. The amount of radiation used is very small and won't harm you.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
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