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Hello! Please let me know if this type of post isnt allowed.
I'm just curious about what it is like to get a biopsy done on a node? I am a 24yo female enlarged left occipital lymph node for the past 5 almost 6 weeks, it’s not painful but it’s hard, shaped like a sideways tear drop and non moving occipital lymph node about the size of a marble. 
I saw my pcp because I’ve had it for a while and my husband was concerned. That doc asked me if I had any recent infections (nope) or if my cat scratched me (she hadn’t?). He prescribed said antibiotic and ordered a CBC (which was normal). He told me to take the antibiotic and follow up on Monday if it hadn’t gone away. He says if it stays there we’ll probably biopsy it to check for cancer?
I'm on day 3 of the antibiotics and nothing has changed I don't have night sweats or anything. I am always extremely tried but I have a 1 year old and am a graduate student. No random weightloss (I've been trying but not very hard to lose weight and have only lost 5lbs). I have been having headaches, memory problems, and difficulty concentrating (the only thing abnormal for me are the head aches).
I just want to know what a biopsy is? And what it is like to have it done? Is it actually necessarry? I'm a little worried.
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Sorry to hear of your concern. A small incision is made - walk in, wallk out procedure. I would refuse any type of needle biopsy, as those provide too many false negative readings. Do let us know what comes to pass.

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if it’s a node that is near the surface, it’s an easy procedure. I was awake and chatting with my surgeon for mine (clavicle). Needle biopsies rarely get enough for lymphoma.

Now im dealing with one much harder to get to, and we looked all over for a nice, easy one. 

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