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Revised 12 April 2013 

The diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma is based on the recognition of Reed-Sternberg cells and/or Hodgkin cells in an appropriate cellular background in tissue sections from a lymph node or extra-lymphatic organ, such as the bone marrow, lung or bone. Fine needle aspiration biopsy is not adequate for the diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Open biopsy is required because of the need to establish progress to Hodgkin lymphoma and should be distinguished from it (see lymphoma-like conditions).

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