This procedure involved removal of some or all tissue from the swelling in the neck, usually a lymph node and determining the nature of swelling.
Certain infections like tuberculosis and certain cancers can lead to swelling in the lymphatic tissue in the neck. These require excision and examination of the specimen to know the nature of the disease.
It can be done under local or general anaesthesia. Involves small cut in the neck and removal of all our some of the tissue and sending for testing. The patient is discharged on same day and detailed blood tests /CT/MRI scanning may be required depending on the results of the biopsy.