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Lymph Node Biopsy in Infants and Children
  1. B. Bhandari,
  2. A. M. Jain

    Abstract

    134 needle biopsies of lymph nodes were carried out in 125 children using the Menghini needle. Biopsy was successful in 84% of cases. The method is practicable at the bedside and in the out-patient department. There were no significant complications. Histopathological findings were consistent with the diagnosis of tuberculosis in about 50% of the biopsies. In others chronic lymphadenitis, acute pyogenic lymphadenitis, and Hodgkin's disease were diagnosed. This is a simple, safe, quick, and minimally traumatic diagnostic method in lymphadenopathies, and is advocated for routine use before submitting the patient for surgical excision of a gland.

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