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Sentinel Node Biopsy (cont.)

Sentinel Node Biopsy Results

Surgeons who are experts at sentinel node biopsy can identify the sentinel lymph node in 85%-98% of patients. They can also accurately determine if the cancer is spreading in 95% of patients. The false-negative rate is less than 5%.

When to Seek Medical Care

Following surgery, the patient should contact her doctor if any of the following symptoms develop:

  • Signs of infection (for example, redness, swelling) in the incision area
  • Fever or chills
  • Increasing pain
  • Excessive bleeding or discharge from the incision wound
  • Chest pain
  • Cough or shortness of breath
  • Severe vomiting or nausea
  • New, unexplained symptoms

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Pictures

Sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with melanoma. Intraoperative left axillary sentinel lymph node seen after uptake with blue dye.
Sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with melanoma. Intraoperative left axillary sentinel lymph node seen after uptake with blue dye.
After further dissection, the blue node is easily identifiable. This node was removed and contained a large amount of radioactive tracer.
After further dissection, the blue node is easily identifiable. This node was removed and contained a large amount of radioactive tracer.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCE:

"Diagnosis, staging and the role of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the nodal evaluation of breast cancer"
UpToDate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/12/2016
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