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

Sanjay P. Bagaria, Mark B. Faries, Donald L. Morton

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)669-676
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Volume101
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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