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Axillary Lymph Node Biopsy And Hiv

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How can you tell when a lymph node should be biopsied?

Several months back I noticed an axillary lymph node that is approximately 2.5 cm in diameter. My physician palpated it, but said not to worry. It is very movable, smooth, pretty firm, and non-tender. I have no systemic symptoms, etc. He felt...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...I am assuming that your are HIV positive, though your note does not specifically say so. Lymph nodes in HIV-infected patients are very common. Most commonly Read more »

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Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Thank you for your detailed posting. Needless to say the issues are extremely complicated. There really is no way that I could give you any definitive advice when there are so many complex issues going on and I do not have first hand access to... Read more »

Using a Biopsy To Identify or Rule Out HIV infection?

I have a patient who initially presented 2 1/2 weeks after possible exposure with submandibular, inguinal and axillary lymphadenopathy - submandibular has gone but rest persist as well as swelling behind knees and oral thrush out to 6 months post...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Thanks for your question and comments.I am not aware of tissue biopsies being used to diagnose HIV infection-- indeed I'd find it very unlikely, given a negative P24 antigen and HIV RNA PCR that your patient would have HIV infection.Elevated Read more »

Use Of Biopsy to Identify/Rule Out HIV Infection

Dear Dr Holodniy - just repeating a previous question. I'd really appreciate your advice.Patient initially presented 2 1/2 weeks post possible exposure with submandibular, inguinal and axillary lymphadenopathy - submandibular has gone but rest...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...Although HIV infection does have certain characteristics that can be identified in lymph nodes there would be no reason to use such an invasive Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Even if you do not have any other symptoms will swollen gland always appear in the first few weeks of infection? Read more »

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Help w/HIV & lymph node/cancer info...

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...net is more worrisome for some reason than having a set of nodes or systemic swelling). I'm terrified, with all the cancers HIVer's are getting, that this is cancer (especially non-Hodgkin's lymphoma). Does anyone have any similar experiences... Read more »