Can PET Scan Replace Biopsy Measures?
good afternoon, u I have several lumps on the neck of the right and left sides, I am required to have a biopsy, but I doubt the article about the danger of cancer if it is exposed to sharp objects, etc. u003cbr u003e u003cbr u003 or just infection without doing the biopsy? thank you..
Good afternoon, thanks for the question
Lymphadenopathy is an enlargement of the lymph nodes. In general, many conditions that can cause lymphadenopathy, including:
1. Malignancy or malignancy (lymphoma, leukemia, neoplasms
skin, caposi sarcoma, metastasis), 2. Infection (CMV, HIV, primary infection, lymphogranuloma venereum, pharyngitis, rubella, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, syphilis, hepatitis)
3. Autoimmune diseases (systemic lupus erythematosus, arthritis
rheumatoid, dermatomyositis, sjogren's syndrome),
4. Miscellaneous and unusual conditions or various kinds and unusual conditions
(Kawasaki disease, sarcoidosis).
Gold stardard examination or the main or recommended support in such conditions is an excisional biopsy. However, not all health service centers can carry out this procedure due to limited facilities and facilities
medical personnel. Fine needle aspiration biopsy is a pretty good support in replacing excision biopsy. Biopsy examination can clearly describe the type and condition of cells in related tissue so that a definitive diagnosis can be known. Especially if the symptoms of lymphadenopathy are accompanied by other results that are not typical.
Whereas PET scan is a supporting examination method that can detect the chemical activity of cells in the body. For this reason this examination can be used to detect cancer and is also useful for:
1. Find out whether the cancer cells have spread (metastasis)
2. Find out whether the cancer treatment is optimal
3. Find out whether the cancer cells reappear after treatment
For the initial stage of diagnosing the cause of lymphadenopathy may be more effective and efficient with a biopsy examination. Examination is known to be safe and does not cause the spread of malignant cells (if indeed the cause is a malignancy). PET scan examination is now more indicated in cases that are clearly a cancer so this examination is carried out to evaluate the development of cancer.
Carry out further consultations with the treating doctor to find out what options for supporting examinations are recommended in accordance with your current condition.
That's all, hope you can help