What is the role of pleural effusion aspiration in the workup of lymphoblastic lymphoma?

Updated: Sep 10, 2019
  • Author: Joseph M Tuscano, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Diagnostic aspiration is especially useful in children who present with a mediastinal mass and respiratory difficulty. If a pleural effusion is present and aspiration fluid is positive for lymphoma, it may obviate the need for further biopsy. However, often, further tissue is necessary to obtain a specific diagnosis of lymphoblastic lymphoma.

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