Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration cytology prior to sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma patients Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Biopsy, Fine-Needle
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Melanoma
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Skin Neoplasms
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional

abstract

  • Combined US and FNAC provides important information prior to SLNB in that both procedures identify metastases in the lymph nodes (sensitivity > 80%). Patients with positive FNAC may proceed directly to complete lymph node dissection (cLND) instead of having initial SLNB. Thus, combined US and FNAC may prevent unnecessary anesthesia and surgical management as well reduce costs. In our study 16% (19/121) fewer SLNB procedures were carried out, subsequently replaced by cLND. For patients with a negative combination of in vivo US and FNAC, SLNB remains the best diagnostic option.

publication date

  • December 2006

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1245/s10434-006-9046-4

PubMed ID

  • 17063307

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1682

end page

  • 9

volume

  • 13

number

  • 12