Lymphoma of bone
How does a doctor know that if my child has lymphoma of bone?
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for lymphoma in the bone may include:
- blood and urine tests
- x-rays of the chest- a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of your child’s internal tissues, bones and organs onto film
- lymph node biopsy - a sample of tissue is removed from a lymph node and examined under a microscope
- computerized tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan)- a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images
- lymphangiogram (LAG)- Dye is injected into lymphatic system to determine how much it is involved in areas that are otherwise difficult to visualize.
- bone marrow biopsy/aspiration - a procedure that involves a small amount of bone marrow fluid and tissue to be taken, usually from part of the hip bones, to further examine the number, size, and maturity of blood cells and/or abnormal cells
- lumbar puncture (to evaluate central nervous system disease for cancer cells) - a special needle is placed into your child’s lower back, into the spinal canal and a small amount of cerebral spinal fluid is removed