Can A Biopsy Detect Hiv

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Can a biopsy of the lymph nodes detect HIV?

Can a simple biopsy of the lymph nodes detect the HIV virus? If so, how likely is it that a health care professional/doctor would see this on a test? Thanks.
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...The answer to your question is really "yes and no". HIV causes very distinct changes in lymph nodes, but these changes can be seen as a result of other conditions. So a pathologist, Read more »

Have you had patients you had to biopsy to find HIV?

Hello Joe,Have you ever had patients that tested antibody and PCR and bDNA negative, but still... Read more »

Can detect HIV by lymph node biopsy?

Dear Dr, Although someone everask similar question, but don't get dirctly answer from you. Could... Read more »
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