Sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Abstract:

:The introduction of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) has been an important development in the management of malignant melanoma. Lymph nodes have long been known to play a key role in melanoma metastasis. The importance of nodal staging accounted for the previous surgical practice of elective lymph node dissection (ELND) even with its controversial impact on final outcomes and associated morbidity. Although this morbidity has been reduced with the ability to identify the SLN, numerous questions have subsequently surfaced with respect to this procedure's utility and therapeutic efficacy. This chapter will focus on the indications for SLNB, as well as the current controversies surrounding this procedure.

journal_name

Clin Dermatol

journal_title

Clinics in dermatology

authors

Lee KK,Vetto JT,Mehrany K,Swanson NA

doi

10.1016/j.clindermatol.2003.12.011

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2004-05-01 00:00:00

pages

234-9

issue

3

eissn

0738-081X

issn

1879-1131

pii

S0738081X03001317

journal_volume

22

pub_type

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