NetWellness is a global, community service providing quality, unbiased health information from our partner university faculty. NetWellness is commercial-free and does not accept advertising.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Head and Neck Cancer
Necrotic Lymp Node
I found a swollen lymp node on the left side of my throat. I had a biopsy and it had a lot of necrotic tissue. What does this mean?
Necrotic tissue means the biopsy shows dead cells and debris but does not give an accurate diagnosis. Both infection/inflammation and cancer related problems can lead to necrosis therefore additional tests or tissue needs to be obtained.
Jeffrey J Sussman, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati