Usefulness of preoperative lymphoscintigraphy for the identification of sentinel lymph nodes in melanoma

Katherine T. Morris, Jeffrey Stevens, Rodney Pommier, William S. Fletcher, John Vetto

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Abstract

Background: The exact role of lymphoscintigraphy (LS) in the evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) in melanoma is controversial. Methods: We reviewed our experience with preoperative LS for the determination of the lymph node drainage pattern of clinically node negative primary melanomas, with attention to the rate of ambiguous drainage and the effect of previous wide local excision (WLE). Results: The scans of 87 patients who underwent LS at our institution for evaluation of their primary melanomas from 1995 to the present were reviewed. Fourteen of the primary tumor sites were in the head and neck region, 41 were truncal, and 32 were in the extremities. The average tumor thickness was 2.6 mm. Nine of 14 (64%) head/neck lesions and 12 of 41 (29%) truncal lesions displayed ambiguous drainage, as compared with only 2 of 32 (6%) extremity lesions (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-426
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Volume181
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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Lymphoscintigraphy
Drainage
Melanoma
Neck
Extremities
Head
Neoplasms
Lymph Nodes
Sentinel Lymph Node

Keywords

  • Aberrant drainage
  • Lymphoscintigraphy
  • Melanoma
  • Wide local excision

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  • Surgery

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Usefulness of preoperative lymphoscintigraphy for the identification of sentinel lymph nodes in melanoma. / Morris, Katherine T.; Stevens, Jeffrey; Pommier, Rodney; Fletcher, William S.; Vetto, John.

In: American Journal of Surgery, Vol. 181, No. 5, 2001, p. 423-426.

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