Lymph Node Biopsy
The following advice has been prepared regarding lymph node biopsies as difficulties often arise—
The full investigation of patients with established, or suspected, lymphoma is a necessary preliminary to effective treatment. All means of investigation currently available should be utilised efficiently. For optimal examination, specimens should be sent in toto and intact to the Anatomical Pathology Unit as soon as possible following removal.
Specimens from external sites should be placed in a clean, dry container and transported on ice as soon as possible. The ad hoc division of fresh material prior to its examination by the anatomical pathologist can lead to confusion, misinterpretation and misdiagnosis. The pathologist, on receipt of the specimen, will divide it appropriately and supply specimens in optimum condition to any other laboratories concerned. Established channels of communication exist with these laboratories.
It must be emphasised that certain investigations (e.g. flow cytometry T and B cell estimations) require that the specimen be in the relevant laboratory before 12 midday on the day of biopsy. If it is not received by then, the investigation cannot be carried out until the next day.