The Role of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in the Management of Cutaneous Malignancies

Faisal I. Ahmad, Shirley Yu Su, Neil Gross

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Abstract

Sentinel lymph node biopsy uses the concept of selective lymphatic drainage and the lymphatic microvasculature to identify first-echelon nodes draining a given malignancy. Although initially considered difficult and unreliable in the head and neck, experience with the technique has improved and evolved significantly over the last 3 decades. It is now recognized to be accurate and reliable for regional nodal staging and detection of occult nodal metastasis in the head and neck. Although initially described for nodal staging of melanoma, the usefulness of sentinel lymph node biopsy continues to expand and is now extended to other cutaneous malignancies.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages119-129
Number of pages11
JournalFacial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

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Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
Neck
Head
Skin
Microvessels
Drainage
Melanoma
Neoplasms
Neoplasm Metastasis

Keywords

  • Cutaneous malignancies
  • Microscopic nodal disease
  • Nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • Prognostic information
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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The Role of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in the Management of Cutaneous Malignancies. / Ahmad, Faisal I.; Su, Shirley Yu; Gross, Neil.

In: Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America, Vol. 27, No. 1, 01.02.2019, p. 119-129.

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