Time to Procedure, Nuclear Imaging and Clinicopathological Characteristics as Predictive Factors for Sentinel Lymph Node Metastasis in Cutaneous Melanoma: A Single-Center Analysis

Objective Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy is a widely accepted staging procedure for cutaneous melanoma patients who are at risk of clinically occult nodal metastases. Numerous predictive factors for regional lymph node metastases have been identified; however, few have been found to be reproducibly significant. Also, the role of blue dye in identification was questioned in recent trials. Time to procedure was also found to be predictive of SLN positivity, but this was not confirmed in other studies. In our study, predictive factors for metastatic involvement of SLN were analyzed, together with the role of addition blue dye in imaging on detection rate and false-negative SLN rate. An impact of time interval to procedure on the rate of SLN positivity was also explored. Methods Data analysis was done in 362 cutaneous melanoma patients who underwent lymphoscintigraphy and SLN biopsy at our institution from 2010 to 2016, with a median follow-up of 29 months (1–98 months). To delineate the relation of each variable (demographical, time to procedure, and clinical and pathological variables, as well as the presence of in-transit nodes, the number of draining basins, and SLN localization on scintigraphy) with positive SLN status, we used univariate logistic regression with odds ratios representing effect size. Results Metastatic involvement SLN was found in 67 (18.8%) of 356 patients. Detection rate was similar with or without further intraoperative SLN identification ...
Source: Annals of Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Research Source Type: research

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1136Objectives: 1.To overview the current status of the identification of the sentinel lymph nodes (SLN), 2. To demonstrate the role of different scintigraphic techniques in SLN mapping, 3. To present the value of lymphoscintigraphy in malignancies, where its use is still limited. Abstract Body: Lymph node staging is essential for the prognosis and treatment in oncologic patients. SLN is the first draining lymph node on the direct lymphatic pathway from the primary tumor site and so it is the first node to harbour cancer cells detached from the primary tumor. SLN biopsy is a procedure in which the SLN is identified, remove...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Educational Exhibit Posters Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Educational Exhibit Posters Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Blue dye injection can be omitted without compromising the accuracy of standard SLNB. Omitting blue dye injection also has marked advantages in MMS for melanoma. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. PMID: 31077333 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The British Journal of Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Br J Dermatol Source Type: research
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