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J Cutan Med Surg. 2009 Nov-Dec;13(6):321-5.

Coexisting tattoo pigment and metastatic melanoma in the same sentinel lymph node.

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Departments of Surgery and Pathology, University of California, San Francisco, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The principle of sentinel lymph node states that metastatic melanoma spreads in a predictable sequential fashion from the primary site to the regional lymph node basin.

OBJECTIVE AND CONCLUSION:

Reports show that melanoma and tattoo pigment can be in the same regional lymph node basin on gross evaluation. We present two cases of melanoma arising within the setting of a tattoo where the sentinel lymph node contained both pigmented histiocytes and metastatic melanoma on gross inspection and histopathology.

PMID:
19919811
DOI:
10.2310/7750.2009.08056
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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