Lymph Node Biopsy
How To Prepare
Tell your doctor if you:
- Are taking any medicines.
- Are allergic to any medicines, including Reference anesthetics Opens New Window.
- Are allergic to latex.
- Have any bleeding problems or take blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidogrel (Plavix).
- Are or might be pregnant.
You will be asked to sign a consent form. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the biopsy, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will mean. To help you understand the importance of the biopsy, fill out the medical test information form (What is a Reference PDF Opens New Window document?).
If you take a blood thinner, you will probably need to stop taking it for a week before the biopsy.
If a lymph node biopsy will be done under Reference local anesthesia Opens New Window, you do not need to do anything else to prepare for the biopsy.
If the biopsy will be done under Reference general anesthesia Opens New Window, follow the instructions exactly about when to stop eating and drinking, or your surgery may be canceled. If your doctor has instructed you to take your medicines on the day of surgery, do so using only a sip of water. An Reference intravenous line (IV) Opens New Window will be put in your arm, and a Reference sedative Opens New Window medicine will be given before the biopsy. Arrange for someone to drive you home if you are going to have general anesthesia or will be given a sedative.
Other tests, such as blood tests or Reference X-rays Opens New Window, may be done before the lymph node biopsy.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 29, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference C. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery