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Diagnosing Pediatric Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

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

Blood Tests

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


If your child has an enlarged lymph node, a sample of tissue will be removed from the node and examined under a microscope for the presence of cancer cells. This test is required to confirm a diagnosis of NHL.

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, which are more detailed than general x-rays, to look for swollen lymph nodes or inflammation in other body parts.

PET scan

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

MRI scan

MRIs enable our physicians to check the brain and spinal cord for any signs that NHL has spread to these regions. It may also be used if the results of the CT scan or x-ray are not clear enough.


This imaging technique can be used to view internal organs as they function, as well as to evaluate blood flow through various vessels.

Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy

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

Lumbar puncture

A small amount of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is removed from the spinal canal (the area around the spinal cord) to assess the central nervous system for cancer cells.

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