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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.

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Jeffrey J Sussman, MD Jeffrey J Sussman, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati