Sentinel lymph node surgery in uncommon clinical circumstances

Bijan Ansari, Judy C. Boughey

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Sentinel lymph node (SLN) surgery has largely replaced axillary dissection for nodal staging in clinically node negative breast cancer patients. However, in patients with previous breast and/or axillary surgery, pregnant patients, male patients, multifocal/multicentric breast tumors, DCIS, and patients receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy, the use of SLN surgery is more controversial. Lymphoscintigraphy is important in patients with prior surgery to evaluate for drainage to extra-axillary sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-553
Number of pages15
JournalSurgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast cancer in men
  • Breast reduction
  • Internal mammary lymph node
  • Multifocal breast cancer
  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy
  • Prophylactic mastectomy
  • Sentinel lymph node

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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