Morbidity of sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer: The relationship between the number of excised lymph nodes and lymphedema
Carcinoma, Ductal, Breast
Lymph Node Excision
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
In this population of 600 women who underwent SLNB, there is no correlation between number of LNs removed and change in upper extremity circumference or incidence of lymphedema. These data suggest that other factors, such as the global disruption of the lymphatic channels during axillary lymph node dissection, play a larger role in development of lymphedema than does the number of LNs removed.