How is AIDS-related lymphoma diagnosed?

To diagnose AIDS-related lymphoma, your doctor may examine you physically, checking for swollen lymph nodes and other abnormalities. You may also need some of the following tests:

  1. Blood tests. These may check your levels of HIV antibodies, platelets, red and white blood cells, and hemoglobin. Blood tests can also check for Epstein Barr virus infection.
  2. Imaging tests, such as an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI.
  3. A biopsy, or sample, of tissue to be tested for cancer. This sample may be removed from your brain, bone marrow, or lymph nodes, depending on where the cancer may be.

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AIDS-Related Lymphoma

AIDS-Related Lymphoma

Individuals with human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, have a substantially higher risk of developing lymphoma, a cancer that begins in the immune system. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma develops in approximately 3% to 4% of people with acqu...

ired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Doctors mark the development of this cancer as one of the defining AIDS symptoms. AIDS-related lymphoma damages the lymph system, which helps carry white blood cells through the body to fight infections. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment for AIDS-related lymphoma with expert advice from Sharecare.

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