Morbidity of sentinel node biopsy: Relationship between number of excised lymph nodes and patient perceptions of lymphedema
Lymph Node Excision
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
After SLNB alone, patient-perceived lymphedema is uncommon, but its prevalence increases with more LNs excised. There is poor agreement between patient perceptions and objective measures. Our data suggest that factors other than limb enlargement, such as sensory nerve injury resulting from retrieval of more LNs and laterality of surgery, may play a significant role in patient perception of lymphedema after SLNB.