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Diagnosing Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma

If your child has symptoms that suggest Hodgkin lymphoma, our clinicians in the Hemato-Oncology Division at Sheba Medical Center will perform various exams and tests to diagnose or rule out Hodgkin lymphoma and to determine the precise type of the disease. We bring years of professional experience and the latest technologies to diagnosing each individual patient as quickly and efficiently as possible. The diagnostic procedures that we perform may include:


A biopsy is the gold standard for detecting Hodgkin lymphoma. If you have an enlarged lymph node, your doctor will use local anesthesia to numb the area around the node to remove it or extract a small bit of tissue in order to inspect for cancer cells.
If a biopsy detects that you do have Hodgkin lymphoma, we may order additional tests to accurately stage the disease, including:

Blood tests

Specific blood tests provide information about the amounts of different types of cells and chemicals in your blood.

Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy

When HL has been diagnosed, a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy may be performed to determine whether the diseased cells have reached the bone marrow.

Chest x-rays

This imaging procedure may be used to check for swollen lymph nodes in the chest.

CT scan

We may use CT scans to look for swollen lymph nodes or inflammation in other body parts.

MRI scan

MRIs enable our physicians to check the brain and spinal cord for any signs that HL has spread to these regions.

PET scan

A PET scan is useful for accurately seeing where HL has spread throughout the body.

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