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SURGICAL CONSIDERATIONS RELATED TO LYMPH-NODE BIOPSY IN THE NECK Introduction

This is an important area in terms of medico-legal practice. While biopsy of some neck nodes is essential to make diagnoses such as lymphoma or benign diagnoses such as tuberculous inflammation of a node, injudicious biopsy of clinically malignant neck nodes is to be condemned. Moreover, there are hazards associated with neck-node biopsy which lead to relatively frequent, medico-legal claims.