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Br J Surg. 2004 Oct;91(10):1370-1.

High incidence of in-transit metastases after sentinel node biopsy in patients with melanoma.

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Department of Surgery, Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Plesmanlaan 121, 1066 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The occurrence of in-transit metastases in patients with a tumour-positive sentinel node varies greatly between centres and it has been suggested that the incidence is high in this patient group.

METHODS:

The incidence of in-transit metastases in 61 patients who had lymph node dissection because of a tumour-positive sentinel node was compared with that in 60 patients who had palpable nodal metastases dissected.

RESULTS:

The incidence of in-transit metastases was 23 per cent in patients with a positive sentinel node and 8 per cent in those with palpable nodes (P = 0.027).

CONCLUSION:

Sentinel node biopsy was associated with a higher risk of in-transit metastases. This finding does not support the routine use of sentinel node biopsy in the management of melanoma.

PMID:
15376178
DOI:
10.1002/bjs.4692
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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