Approx a month ago, i went to my doctors regarding a stiffened neck. I could barely look to the right and couldnt look to the left. The strained muscle was on the left side of my neck. During physical examination, my doctor discovered a swollen lymph node near the strained muscle and prescribed me Amoxil 500 mg TID and Flexerol 10 mg TID for the strained muscle. Since that visit, the neck healed up but the lymph node is still swollen. She then did more physical examination of my groin area and under my arms which nothing was apparently wrong. She has done blood work which all results came back ok. I have no obvious symptoms. And feel good. The doctor states she is sending me for more blood work and if all comes back clear, she think it would be best for a biopsy. Now, since i have no apparent symptoms, should i seek a second opinion before going through such an invasive procedure?
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replied October 10th, 2008
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A lymph biopsy is performed to determine the cause of lymph node enlargement (swollen glands). It may also determine whether tumors in the lymph node are cancerous or noncancerous.

Did your doctor order a needle biopsy or an open biopsy?
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replied October 10th, 2008
She hasnt ordered one as of yet. She is still waiting for my last blood test results to come in. My doctor has no hospital priviledge. Would it be best for me to find a doctor with hospital priviledge, or that really doesnt matter in this case?
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replied May 30th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Enlarged lymph node is considered as clinically significant and taken out for biopsy only if its hard or rubbery, more than 2cm in size and associated with constitutional symptoms like weight loss,
unexplained fever and night sweats.
You should find a doctor who has hospital privilege.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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