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J Surg Oncol. 2010 Jun 15;101(8):669-76. doi: 10.1002/jso.21581.

Sentinel node biopsy in melanoma: technical considerations of the procedure as performed at the John Wayne Cancer Institute.

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John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, California 90404, USA.

Abstract

Since its first description in 1990, sentinel node (SN) biopsy has become the standard for accurate staging of a melanoma-draining regional lymphatic basin. This minimally invasive, multidisciplinary technique can detect occult metastases by selective sampling and focused pathologic analysis of the first nodes on the afferent lymphatic pathway from a primary cutaneous melanoma. An understanding of preoperative lymphoscintigraphy, intraoperative lymphatic mapping, and the definition of SN are critical for surgical expertise with SN biopsy.

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20512942
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PMC2879706
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10.1002/jso.21581
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