Sentinel lymph node biopsy: Sentinel node technique has drawbacks

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7458.170-b (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:170
  1. Stefano Ciatto (s.ciatto@cspo.it), head
  1. Department Diagnostic Imaging, Centro per lo Studio e la Prevenzione Oncologica, Viale Volta 171, I-50131, Florence, Italy

    EDITOR—Among the possible drawbacks of sentinel node biopsy, discussed by Kell and Kerin,1 is the risk of false positive findings because of reactive lymph node swelling in the biopsy site. Periodic follow up of the sampled lymph node area has become a common practice after sentinel node …

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