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  1. SOME ASPECTS OF THE ANATOMY OF AXILLARY LYMPH NODES

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    A. I. Shvedavchenko; I. V. Vysotskaya; O. S. Mikhailenko; G. V. Martynova; Ye. A. Kim

    2014-01-01

    The paper concisely reviews the classifications of axillary lymph nodes (LN) and considers various approaches to their formation. The authors identify the axillary lymph chain consisting of lateral, central, and apical groups of nodes through which lymph outflows into the overlying lymph collectors, as well as of subscapular and medial groups of nodes from where lymph makes its way into the auxil- lary lymph chain.

  2. SOME ASPECTS OF THE ANATOMY OF AXILLARY LYMPH NODES

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    A. I. Shvedavchenko

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper concisely reviews the classifications of axillary lymph nodes (LN and considers various approaches to their formation. The authors identify the axillary lymph chain consisting of lateral, central, and apical groups of nodes through which lymph outflows into the overlying lymph collectors, as well as of subscapular and medial groups of nodes from where lymph makes its way into the auxil- lary lymph chain.

  3. Axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy after mastectomy: a case report

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    Hahm George; Henry Leonard R; Vicente Diego A; Soballe Peter W; Smart DeeDee

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Sentinel lymph node biopsy has been established as the preferred method for staging early breast cancer. A prior history of mastectomy is felt to be a contraindication. Case presentation A patient with recurrent breast cancer in her skin flap was discovered to have positive axillary sentinel nodes by sentinel lymph node biopsy five years after mastectomy for ductal carcinoma in situ. Conclusion A prior history of mastectomy may not be an absolute contraindication to sentin...

  4. Axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer patients: sonographic evaluation*

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    Pinheiro, Denise Joffily Pereira da Costa; Elias, Simone; Nazário, Afonso Celso Pinto

    2014-01-01

    Axillary staging of patients with early-stage breast cancer is essential in the treatment planning. Currently such staging is intraoperatively performed, but there is a tendency to seek a preoperative and less invasive technique to detect lymph node metastasis. Ultrasonography is widely utilized for this purpose, many times in association with fine-needle aspiration biopsy or core needle biopsy. However, the sonographic criteria for determining malignancy in axillary lymph nodes do not present significant predictive values, producing discrepant results in studies evaluating the sensitivity and specificity of this method. The present study was aimed at reviewing the literature approaching the utilization of ultrasonography in the axillary staging as well as the main morphological features of metastatic lymph nodes. PMID:25741091

  5. Pathological axillary lymph nodes detected at mammographic screening

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    AIM: To investigate the significance of abnormal axillary lymph nodes detected at mammographic screening in the absence of a concomitant breast lesion. METHODS: Twenty-three thousand, seven hundred and seven women were screened at the Merrion Unit as part of the Irish National Breast Screening Programme ('BreastCheck') in the period June 2000 to July 2002. Nine women (0.4 per 1000 women screened) were found to have an abnormal axillary lymph node(s) in the absence of a mammographic breast lesion and were recalled for assessment. The radiological criteria for recall included: size greater than or equal to 15 mm, round or irregular shape, increased node density and absence of hilar lucency. Each woman underwent further mammographic views, ultrasound examination of axilla and breast, clinical examination and lymph node biopsy either by 14 G needle core biopsy (NCB) or open excision. RESULTS: The final pathological diagnoses in the nine patients were oestrogen receptor (OR) positive metastatic breast carcinoma (two patients), metastatic malignant melanoma (one patient), malignant lymphoma (two patients), caseating granulomatous lymphadenitis suggestive of tuberculosis (one patient), and other benign conditions (three patients). CONCLUSION: Abnormal axillary lymph nodes, in the absence of an accompanying breast lesion, are rarely identified on screening mammogram, but may harbour significant pathology and their presence on screening mammogram merits further investigation including biopsy

  6. Virtual lymph node analysis to evaluate axillary lymph node coverage provided by tangential breast irradiation

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    Park, Shin Hyung; Kim, Jae Chul; Lee, Jeong Eun; Park, In Kyu [Dept.of Radiation Oncology, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu(Korea, Republic of)

    2015-03-15

    To investigate the coverage of axillary lymph node with tangential breast irradiation fields by using virtual lymph node (LN) analysis. Forty-eight women who were treated with whole breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery were analyzed. The axillary and breast volumes were delineated according to the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) contouring atlas. To generate virtual LN contours, preoperative fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) scans with identifiable LN were fused with the CT scans, and the virtual LN contour were delineated on the CT. The median level I and II axillary volume coverage percentages at the VD95% line were 33.5% (range, 5.3% to 90.4%) and 0.6% (range, 0.0% to 14.6%), respectively. Thirty-one LNs in 18 patients were delineated (26 in level I and 5 in level II). In the level I axilla, 84.6% of virtual LNs were encompassed by the 95% isodose line. In the level II axilla, by contrast, none of the virtual LNs were encompassed by the 95% isodose volumes. There was a substantial discrepancy between the RTOG contouring atlas-based axillary volume analysis and the virtual LN analysis, especially for the level I axillary coverage. The axillary volume coverage was associated with the body mass index (BMI) and breast volume. The tangential breast irradiation did not deliver adequate therapeutic doses to the axillary region, particularly those in the level II axilla. Patients with small breast volumes or lower BMI showed reduced axillary coverage from the tangential breast fields. For axillary LN irradiation, individualized anatomy-based radiation fields for patients would be necessary.

  7. Ex vivo MRI of axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer

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    Luciani, Alain [Department of Radiology, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France)], E-mail: luciani@hmn.ap-hop-paris.fr; Pigneur, Frederic [Department of Radiology, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France); Ghozali, Faridah [Department of Pathology, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France); Dao, Thu-Ha [Department of Radiology, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France); Cunin, Patrick [Unite de Recherche Clinique, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France); Meyblum, Evelyne [Department of Radiology, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France); De Baecque-Fontaine, Cecile [Department of Pathology, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France); Alamdari, Ali [Department of Plastic Surgery, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France); Maison, Patrick [Unite de Recherche Clinique, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France); Deux, Jean Francois [Department of Radiology, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France); Lagrange, Jean Leon [Department of Radiotherapy, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France); Lantieri, Laurent [Department of Plastic Surgery, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France); Rahmouni, Alain [Department of Radiology, AP-HP, Groupe Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier, 94010 Creteil (France)

    2009-01-15

    Purpose: To provide a strategy for precise co-localization of lymph nodes on axillary lymph-node dissection (ALND) specimens both on pathology and MR. To identify nodal features suggestive of metastatic involvement on a node-to-node basis. Materials and methods: National Institutional review-board approved this prospective study of 18 patients with breast cancer referred for ALND. Ex vivo T1 and inversion recovery (IR) T2 WI of ALND specimens tightly positioned within scaled plastic cranes was performed immediately after surgery. The correspondence of MR-based or pathologically based nodes location was assessed. The MR size and morphological presentation of metastatic and normal nodes were compared (Student's t-test or Mann-Whitney test). Quantitative variables were compared using Pearson coefficient. Results: 207 nodes were retrieved on pathology and 165 on MR. MR-pathological correlation of nodes location was high regarding MR-identified nodes (r = 0.755). An MR short axis threshold of 4 mm yielded the best predictive value for metastatic nodal involvement (Se = 78.6%; Sp = 62.3%). Irregular contours (Se = 35.7%; Sp = 96.7%), central nodal hyper-intensity on IR T2 WI (Se = 57.1%; Sp = 91.4%), and a cortical thickness above 3 mm (Se = 63.6%; Sp = 83.2%) were significantly associated with metastatic involvement. Conclusion: Ex vivo MR allows node-to-node correlation with pathology. Morphological MR criteria can suggest metastatic involvement.

  8. Ex vivo MRI of axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer

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    Purpose: To provide a strategy for precise co-localization of lymph nodes on axillary lymph-node dissection (ALND) specimens both on pathology and MR. To identify nodal features suggestive of metastatic involvement on a node-to-node basis. Materials and methods: National Institutional review-board approved this prospective study of 18 patients with breast cancer referred for ALND. Ex vivo T1 and inversion recovery (IR) T2 WI of ALND specimens tightly positioned within scaled plastic cranes was performed immediately after surgery. The correspondence of MR-based or pathologically based nodes location was assessed. The MR size and morphological presentation of metastatic and normal nodes were compared (Student's t-test or Mann-Whitney test). Quantitative variables were compared using Pearson coefficient. Results: 207 nodes were retrieved on pathology and 165 on MR. MR-pathological correlation of nodes location was high regarding MR-identified nodes (r = 0.755). An MR short axis threshold of 4 mm yielded the best predictive value for metastatic nodal involvement (Se = 78.6%; Sp = 62.3%). Irregular contours (Se = 35.7%; Sp = 96.7%), central nodal hyper-intensity on IR T2 WI (Se = 57.1%; Sp = 91.4%), and a cortical thickness above 3 mm (Se = 63.6%; Sp = 83.2%) were significantly associated with metastatic involvement. Conclusion: Ex vivo MR allows node-to-node correlation with pathology. Morphological MR criteria can suggest metastatic involvement

  9. Tuberculosis and metastatic carcinoma coexistence in axillary lymph node: A case report

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    K Chandramohan

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Coexistence of cancer and tuberculosis in axillary lymph nodes is rare. Only seven cases have been reported in the literature. Case Report We report here a case of infiltrating ductal carcinoma breast metastasizing to the axillary lymph node along with tubercular granuloma in the same lymph node without primary mammary or pulmonary tuberculosis. Conclusion Primary tuberculosis coexisting with carcinoma is of rare occurrence. A possibility should always be borne in mind especially in patients from endemic areas.

  10. The Clinical Value of Axillary Ultrasonogra- phy for Detection of Axillary Lymph Node Metastasis in Cases with Breast Cancer

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    Sedigheh Tahmasebi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: The axillary lymph node stage is one of the single most important determinants in the prognosis of breast cancer patients. The disadvantages of the two previous methods used for evaluating axillary node metastasis, i.e., axillary lymph node dissection and sentinel lymph node biopsy, have directed researchers to investigate new techniques for this purpose. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the clinical usefulness of axillary ultrasonography in detecting axillary metastasis. Methods: This study was conducted during a 12-month period. The breast cancer cases included in this study were all clinically diagnosed as stages I and II, with no prior treatment to the axillary region by surgery and/or chemo-radiotherapy. Excluded from the study group were patients with palpable axillary lymph nodes, those who had major organ failure or concomitant malignancy. All included patients with non-palpable axillary lymph nodes underwent axillary ultrasound examination. An ultrasound- guided core needle biopsy was performed on patients with suspected metastasis. Results: There were 125 female patients with a mean age of 49.6 years included in this study. From these, 16 (12.8% cases had positive axillary sonographic findings. Pathologic evaluation of tissue specimens (taken by ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy in 10 (62.5% out of 16 patients were positive, and in the patient group of 6 (37.5% cases, studies were negative. Axillary ultrasonography had a sensitivity of 35.7%, specificity of 93.8%, positive predictive value of 62.5%, and negative predictive value of 83.5%. Conclusion: The axillary ultrasonogram is a reliable technique in the determination of axillary nodal metastatic involvement in breast cancer patients. By use of this method a significant amount of complications and costs related to the previous techniques can be avoided.

  11. Axillary lymph node metastases in breast cancer: preoperative detection with dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI

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    Metastatic involvement of axillary lymph nodes is one of the most important prognostic variables in breast cancer. The aim of our work was to study the value of dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging in revealing axillary lymph node metastases from breast cancer. A total of 65 patients with invasive breast cancer treated with axillary lymph node dissection were preoperatively evaluated by MRI. T1-weighted dynamic contrast-enhanced 3D images were acquired using a coil covering the breast and the axilla. The dynamic contrast enhancement, size, and morphology of the axillary lymph nodes were registered. Histopathological examination revealed axillary lymph node metastases in 24 patients. When using a signal intensity increase in the lymph nodes of > 100 % during the first postcontrast image as a threshold for malignancy, 57 of 65 patients were correctly classified (sensitivity 83 %, specificity 90 %, accuracy 88 %). These results were not improved when lymph node size and morphology were used as additional criteria. Axillary lymph nodes can be evaluated as a part of an MR-mammography study without substantial increase in examination time, and provide the surgeon with knowledge about the localization of possible metastatic lymph nodes. (orig.)

  12. Sparing sentinel node biopsy through axillary lymph node fine needle aspiration in primary breast cancers

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    Cheng, Yu-Shu; Kuo, Shou-Jen; Chen, Dar-Ren

    2013-01-01

    Background Axillary lymph node status is an important staging and prognostic factor in breast cancer. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of axilla fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) in primary breast cancer without a palpable node and even without image characteristics of a metastatic node. Methods From June 2008 to January 2012, 77 patients met the inclusion criteria of having received a FNAC procedure during the diagnostic protocol of primary breast cancer with the characteristic...

  13. Contribution of minute axillary lymph nodes to accurate staging for patients with breast cancer

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    JIANG Jun; HE Qing-qing; YANG Xin-hua; LIANG Yan; FAN Lin-jun; ZHANG Yi; GUO Mei-qin

    2007-01-01

    Background Axillary lymph node metastasis is a very important metastatic pathway in breast cancer and its accurate detection is important for staging tumour and guiding therapy. However, neither the accuracy of routine detection of lymph node in surgical specimens nor the significance of minute lymph node with metastases in breast cancer is clear. A modified method for conveniently detecting minute lymph node in specimens of axillary dissections in patients with breast cancer was used to analyze their influence on staging breast cancer.Methods Lymph nodes in fresh, unfixed, specimens of axillary dissections from 127 cases of breast cancer were detected routinely. Then the axillary fatty tissues were cut into 1 cm thick pieces, soaked in Carnoy's solution for 6 to 12 hours, taken out and put on a glass plate. Minute lymph nodes were detected by light of bottom lamp and examined by routine pathology.Results Lymph nodes (n= 2483, 19.6±8.0 per case) were found by routine method. A further 879 lymph nodes up to 6 mm (781 < 3 mm, 6.9±5.3 per case, increasing mean to 26.5±9.7) were found from the axillary tissues after soaking in Carnoy's solution. By detection of minute lymph nodes, the stages of lymph node metastasis in 7 cases were changed from pathological node (pN) stage pN0 to pN1 in 4 cases, from pN1 to pN2 in 2 and from pN2 to pN3 in 1.Conclusions The accurate staging of axillary lymph node metastasis can be obtained routinely with number of axillary lymph nodes in most cases of breast cancer. To avoid neglecting minute lymph nodes with metastases, small axillary nodes should be searched carefully in the cases of earlier breast cancer with no swollen axillary nodes. Treatment with Carnoy's solution can expediently detect minute axillary nodes and improve the accurate staging of lymph nodes in breast cancer.

  14. Axillary treatment for patients with early breast cancer and lymph node metastasis: systematic review protocol

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    Goyal Amit

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background For patients with early breast cancer and lymph node metastasis, axillary treatment is widely recommended. This is either surgical removal of the axillary lymph nodes, or axillary radiotherapy. The rationale for axillary treatment is that it will reduce the risk of recurrence in the axilla, and may improve survival. However, both treatments are associated with adverse effects, such as lymphedema, pain and sensory loss, and are costly to the health services and to patients. With improvements in adjuvant therapy, routine axillary treatment may no longer offer any overall advantage. Objectives To assess the short and long term benefits and adverse effects of routine axillary treatment (axillary lymph node clearance or axillary radiotherapy for patients with lymph node positive early-stage breast cancer. Methods/Design Criteria for potentially eligibility for the study will be that the participants are men and women with early breast cancer and lymph nodes with metastasis. The study compares either axillary treatment with no axillary treatment, or axillary node clearance with axillary radiotherapy, and the study is a randomized trial. Primary outcomes are axillary recurrence, disease-free and overall survival. Secondary outcomes include breast or chest wall recurrence, distant metastasis, time to axillary recurrence, axillary recurrence-free survival, arm morbidity, quality of life and health economic costs. The search strategy will include the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, EMBASE and WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP search portal. Two independent reviewers will assess studies for inclusion in the review, assess study quality and extract data. Characteristics of included studies will be described. Meta-analysis will be conducted using ReVman software. Comment This review addresses an important clinical question, and results will inform clinical practice and health care policy.

  15. Nonimage-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy of palpable axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer patients.

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    Marti, Jennifer L; Ayo, Diego; Levine, Pascale; Hernandez, Osvaldo; Rescigno, John; Axelrod, Deborah M

    2012-01-01

    We report the utility of office-based, nonimaged guided fine needle aspiration of palpable axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer patients. We examine the sensitivity and specificity of this procedure, and examine factors associated with a positive fine needle aspiration biopsy result. Although the utility of ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNA) of axillary lymph nodes is well established, there is little data on nonimage guided office-based FNA of palpable axillary lymphadenopathy. We investigated the sensitivity and specificity of nonimage-guided FNA of axillary lymphadenopathy in patients presenting with breast cancer, and report factors associated with a positive FNA result. Retrospective study of 94 patients who underwent office-based FNA of palpable axillary lymph nodes between 2004 and 2008 was conducted. Cytology results were compared with pathology after axillary sentinel node or lymph node dissection. Nonimage-guided axillary FNA was 86% sensitive and 100% specific. On univariate analysis, patients with positive FNA cytology had larger breast tumors (p = 0.007), more pathologic positive lymph nodes (p benefits select patients, permitting avoidance of axillary ultrasound, sentinel lymph node biopsy, or delay in receiving neoadjuvant therapy. This results in time and cost savings for the health care system, and expedites definitive management. PMID:22098412

  16. Clinical significance of axillary lymph nodes a observed in mediolateral oblique view of mammography

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    To evaluate the radiologic characteristics of axillary lymph nodes which are found on mediolateral oblique (MLO) view of mammography and to assess their clinical significance. We retrospectively evaluated 119 cases axillary lymph nodes on MLO view of 410 cases of mammography in 205 patients regarding the size, bilaterality, number, grade of density, presence of central lucency, calcification of lymph nodes and presence of associated parenchymal pathologic lesions in breast. Axillary lymph nodes on MLO view were demonstrated in 119 (29%) among 410 cases. Axillary lymph nodes (112 cases) in cases without breast parenchymal lesions or with benign breast lesions showed; unilaterality in 68 cases (61%), smaller than 1.5 cm in 100 cases (89%), lower density than breast parenchyma in 99 cases (88%), presence of central lucency in 99 cases (88%) and calcification in 3 cases (2.7%). Axillary lymph nodes (7 cases) in cases with breast cancer showed small size of less than 1.5 cm in 4 cases (57%), absence of central lucency in 7 cases (100%) and iso-to higher density than breast parenchyma in 7 cases (100%). Axillary lymph nodes noted on MLO view of mammography, more than 1.5 cm in diameter, absence of central lucency and iso to higher density than breast parenchyma could be suggested as clinically significant

  17. Multi-detector row CT in the assessment of axillary lymph node metastasis in breast cancer

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    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the diagnostic capability instead of clinical efficacy of multi-detector row CT (MDCT) in the assessment of axillary lymph node metastasis in breast cancer. MDCT was performed in 63 patients with breast cancer, and multiplanar reformation (MPR) and volume rendering (VR) images were reconstructed for the evaluation of bilateral axillary lymph nodes. Two hundred sixty eight lymph nodes were depicted with MDCT, and correlation with pathological findings was performed. The short axis length of lymph node was measured on MPR image, and the shape of the nodes was analyzed with the pathological results statistically. The diagnostic criteria on size and shape of lymph node metastasis were discussed Dynamic study with contrast media was also performed, and the CT value ratios (CTVR) of the lymph nodes and breast tumors were calculated. No relevance of axillary lymph node metastasis was noted to the pathological types of breast cancer. The average short axis length of the ipsilateral axillary nodes was 8.9 mm±3.8 (SD) while that of the contralateral nodes was 4.9 mm±1.1 (SD) showing significant difference. More than 6.5 mm in short length of the lymph node was thought to be an effective criterion for positive metastasis, and its sensitivity was 96%. Soybean-shape lymph node was statistically common in metastasis, while non-metastatic nodes were commonly demonstrated as letter ''c'' shape or ring-like shape. Statistical relevance was obtained between the CTVR of axillary lymph nodes and that of breast tumors, suggesting clinical usefulness of dynamic study using contrast media in the evaluation of lymph node metastasis. With MPR and VR images using MDCT, more accurate morphological evaluation of axillary lymph nodes was possible. When soybean-shape node with more than 6.5 mm in short axis is depicted in the axillar region on MDCT metastasis should be the consideration. Comparison with the contralateral side as a control in coronal

  18. CXCR4 and Axillary Lymph Nodes: Review of a Potential Bio marker for Breast Cancer Metastasis

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    CXCR4 is a 7-transmembrane G-protein chemokine receptor that allows for migration of hematopoietic cells from the bone marrow to the peripheral lymph nodes. Research has shown CXCR4 to be implicated in the invasion and metastasis of several cancers, including carcinoma of the breast. CXCL12 is the ligand for CXCR4 and is highly expressed in areas common for breast cancer metastasis, including the axillary lymph nodes. Axillary lymph nodes positive for breast carcinoma have been an important component of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and subsequent research. The goal of this paper is to analyze the literature that has explained the pathways from CXCR4 expression to breast cancer metastasis of the lymph nodes and the prognostic and/or predictive implications of lymph node metastases in the presence of elevated CXCR4

  19. CXCR4 and Axillary Lymph Nodes: Review of a Potential Biomarker for Breast Cancer Metastasis

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    David Hiller

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available CXCR4 is a 7-transmembrane G-protein chemokine receptor that allows for migration of hematopoietic cells from the bone marrow to the peripheral lymph nodes. Research has shown CXCR4 to be implicated in the invasion and metastasis of several cancers, including carcinoma of the breast. CXCL12 is the ligand for CXCR4 and is highly expressed in areas common for breast cancer metastasis, including the axillary lymph nodes. Axillary lymph nodes positive for breast carcinoma have been an important component of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and subsequent research. The goal of this paper is to analyze the literature that has explained the pathways from CXCR4 expression to breast cancer metastasis of the lymph nodes and the prognostic and/or predictive implications of lymph node metastases in the presence of elevated CXCR4.

  20. Axillary lymph nodes siliconoma in a woman with intracapsular implant rupture

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    Full text: Introduction: Siliconoma, or silicone granuloma is the migration of silicon particles in the axillary lymph nodes, muscle and other non- ruptured or intact silicone implant. The latter is a relatively rare finding, and usually occurs in patients with extracapsular rupture of silicone prosthesis and has a typical ultrasound image. We present a case of a young woman with bilateral silicone prostheses placed 5 years ago, where in the right axilla are enlarged, structurally altered lymph nodes in the clinical and ultrasonography studies. Subsequent magnetic resonance examination shows intracapsular rupture ipsilateral silicone prosthesis and migration of silicon particles in the axillary lymph nodes. What you will learn: In this case we present twenty-three year old woman who reported pain and ‘swelling’ in the right axilla. The patient is with bilateral silicone prosthesis, she is not febrile and not reported other illness. After physical examination enlarged and tender lymph nodes in the right axilla was found. Several structurally altered and enlarged lymph nodes were visualized by ultrasound. These lymph nodes are hypoechogenic with obliterated fatty hilus. Due to the suspicion of silicone ‘extravasation’ in axillary lymph nodes, a magnetic resonance study of both mammary glands was performed. The images show intracapsular rupture of the right prosthesis without reliable data on silicone gel outside the fibrous capsule. Discussion: Siliconoma is a complication after plastic surgery of the breast and can affect both the axillary lymph nodes, and other lymphatic chains and also muscle and lung. Most frequently it occurs at damage of the extracapsular silicone prostheses. More rarely siliconoma occurs in siliconoma intracapsular damage, as in the presented case or in a silicone gel microbleed. Conclusion: The presence of siliconoma in axillary lymph nodes is relatively rare complication in plastic surgery of the breast. Methods of imaging diagnostic

  1. Detection of axillary lymph node involvement of breast cancer by Tc-99m MIBI scintimammography

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    Breast cancer is the most common malignancy among women, leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths annually around the world. Lymph node status is the most important prognostic indicator in newly diagnosed breast cancer. The presence of axillary lymph node metastases has major prognostic implications in breast cancer patients, and it is an important criterion in determining the need for adjuvant chemotherapy. There is not an accurate anatomical test for detecting axillary lymph node metastasis and clinical examination has inappropriate diagnostic values. Routine lymph node dissection is the only accepted method for therapeutic decisions but it is invasive and produces significant morbidity such as lymphedema and infections. On the other hand, an important proportion of breast cancer patients are nodenegative. Ultrasonography has also been reported to be helpful, especially in conjunction with fine needle aspiration biopsy

  2. Computed tomography image of the mediastinal and axillary lymph nodes in clinically sound Rottweilers

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    Ana Carolina B. Fonseca Pinto

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Trough computed tomography (CT, it is possible to evaluate lymph nodes in detail and to detect changes in these structures earlier than with radiographs and ultrasound. Lack of information in the veterinary literature directed the focus of this report to normal aspects of the axillary and mediastinal lymph nodes of adult dogs on CT imaging. A CT scan of 15 normal adult male and female Rottweilers was done. To define them as clinically sound, anamnesis, physical examination, complete blood count, renal and hepatic biochemistry, ECG, and thoracic radiographs were performed. After the intravenous injection of hydrosoluble ionic iodine contrast medium contiguous 10mm in thickness thoracic transverse images were obtained with an axial scanner. In the obtained images mediastinal and axillary lymph nodes were sought and when found measured in their smallest diameter and their attenuation was compared to musculature. Mean and standard deviation of: age, weight, body length and the smallest diameter of the axillary and mediastinal lymph nodes were determined. Mean and standard deviation of parameters: age 3.87±2.03 years, weight 41.13±5.12, and body length 89.61±2.63cm. Axillary lymph nodes were seen in 60% of the animals, mean of the smallest diameter was 3.58mm with a standard deviation of 2.02 and a minimum value of 1mm and a maximum value of 7mm. From 13 observed lymph nodes 61.53% were hypopodense when compared with musculature, and 30.77% were isodense. Mediastinal lymph nodes were identified in 73.33% of the dogs; mean measure of the smallest diameter was 4.71mm with a standard deviation of 2.61mm and a minimum value of 1mm, and a maximum value of 8mm. From 14 observed lymph nodes 85.71% were isodense when compared with musculature and 14.28% were hypodense. The results show that it is possible to visualize axillary and mediastinal lymph nodes in adult clinically sound Rottweilers with CT using a slice thickness and interval of 10mm. The

  3. Vascularized Free Lymph Node Flap Transfer in Advanced Lymphedema Patient after Axillary Lymph Node Dissection.

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    Cook, Kyung Hoon; Park, Myong Chul; Lee, Il Jae; Lim, Seong Yoon; Jung, Yong Sik

    2016-03-01

    Lymphedema is a condition characterized by tissue swelling caused by localized fluid retention. Advanced lymphedema is characterized by irreversible skin fibrosis (stage IIIb) and nonpitting edema, with leather-like skin, skin crypts, and ulcers with or without involvement of the toes (stage IVa and IVb, respectively). Recently, surgical treatment of advanced lymphedema has been a challenging reconstructive modality. Microvascular techniques such as lymphaticovenous anastomosis and vascularized lymph node flap transfer are effective for early stage lymphedema. In this study, we performed a two-stage operation in an advanced lymphedema patient. First, a debulking procedure was performed using liposuction. A vascularized free lymph node flap transfer was then conducted 10 weeks after the first operation. In this case, good results were obtained, with reduced circumferences in various parts of the upper extremity noted immediately postoperation. PMID:27064862

  4. Prognostic Significance of Axillary Lymph Node Micrometastases and Microvessel Count in Breast Cancer

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    RuiHui; FengyunZhao

    2004-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To investigate the influence of axillary lymph node micrometastases and the microvessel count on the prognosis of patients with breast cancer. METHODS Forty-eight patients with breast cancer, who had no tumor cells in their regional lymph nodes based on conventional histopathologic examination, were re-examined with immunohistochemical LSAB techniques. H&E, anti-EMA, CK 19 and FVlII factor staining was used to identify tumor cells in both lymph nodes and tumor tissues and to count the microvessels. A total of 882 lymph nodes were examined. RESULTS Immunostaining-positive tumor cells were found in 9.0 %(79/882) of the dissected lymph nodes. The positive rates were not significantly different between a surviving group and a deceased group (P>0.05). The microvessel count was significantly higher in group that had died (P<0.001). CONCLUSION The lymph node micrometastases did not show any correlation with patients'survival, but the microvessel density had a negative correlation with the survival period in breast cancer patients who had negative axillary lymph nodes.

  5. Technological evolution of axillary lymph nodes: Radiological visualisation in breast cancer patients

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    Full text: In patients with breast cancer, detection of axillary lymph node spread has a great prognostic significance. Visualisation of lymphatic glands is attracting attention of radiologists since long. Lymphogram usually shows 4-9 lymph glands as compared to 8 to 50 identified during surgical intervention. Lymphography is a laborious and complicated process requiring specific skills. Likewise, the evaluation and interpretation of results depends upon the experience of the specialist. We evaluated 234 breast cancer patients and found that lymphograms of these patients initially detected 1-2 central axillary lymph nodes followed by others. During surgical intervention, the total number of lymphatic glands removed from these patients was 3,241 of which only 2,693 (83.1%) were seen on lymphography. On further evaluation it was found that the largest groups of lymphatic nodes were seen in the following pattern (i) central axillary (ii) subclavicular (iii) lateral, with central axillary lymph nodes being the biggest (1.5 - 2 cm) and subclavicular the smallest (0.2 - 0.5 cm). Sternal lymph nodes receive lymph from medial quadrants of the breast and / or if the axillary lymph nodes are obstructed by metastases. The results of lymphography and post-operative examination matched in 71.7-75 % of cases. False positivity was seen in 19.2 % and false negative 9.1 % instances. As this method was not sufficiently selective and specific, its relative upsurge receded backwards and was forgotten. The last decade of the twentieth century saw a sentinel node (SN) concept. In advanced countries, the possibility to detect breast cancer of up to 1 cm diameter corresponding to T1A category, when the axillary lymph nodes still are not involved in malignant growth, accounts about 50%. Hence the search of lymphatic spread vis-a-vis sentinel node detection has gained more importance. Earlier, SN detection involved colour contrast methods, which was reasonably sensitive and specific in

  6. Preoperative axillary lymph node staging by ultrasound-guided cytology using a four-level sonographic score

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    De Coninck, Caroline; NOËL, JEAN-CHRISTOPHE; Boutemy, Rachel; Simon, Philippe

    2016-01-01

    Background The staging of axillary lymph nodes is critical to the management and prognosis of breast cancer, the most frequent cancer in females. Neoadjuvant therapy and lymph node dissection are recommended when malignant cells invade the lymph nodes. Therefore the pre-operative examination of these lymph nodes is crucial to treatment. Methods In this study, we examined the effectiveness of cytology through ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (USG-FNA) and ultrasound (US) imaging using ...

  7. Predicting axillary lymph node metastasis from kinetic statistics of DCE-MRI breast images

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    Ashraf, Ahmed B.; Lin, Lilie; Gavenonis, Sara C.; Mies, Carolyn; Xanthopoulos, Eric; Kontos, Despina

    2012-03-01

    The presence of axillary lymph node metastases is the most important prognostic factor in breast cancer and can influence the selection of adjuvant therapy, both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In this work we present a set of kinetic statistics derived from DCE-MRI for predicting axillary node status. Breast DCE-MRI images from 69 women with known nodal status were analyzed retrospectively under HIPAA and IRB approval. Axillary lymph nodes were positive in 12 patients while 57 patients had no axillary lymph node involvement. Kinetic curves for each pixel were computed and a pixel-wise map of time-to-peak (TTP) was obtained. Pixels were first partitioned according to the similarity of their kinetic behavior, based on TTP values. For every kinetic curve, the following pixel-wise features were computed: peak enhancement (PE), wash-in-slope (WIS), wash-out-slope (WOS). Partition-wise statistics for every feature map were calculated, resulting in a total of 21 kinetic statistic features. ANOVA analysis was done to select features that differ significantly between node positive and node negative women. Using the computed kinetic statistic features a leave-one-out SVM classifier was learned that performs with AUC=0.77 under the ROC curve, outperforming the conventional kinetic measures, including maximum peak enhancement (MPE) and signal enhancement ratio (SER), (AUCs of 0.61 and 0.57 respectively). These findings suggest that our DCE-MRI kinetic statistic features can be used to improve the prediction of axillary node status in breast cancer patients. Such features could ultimately be used as imaging biomarkers to guide personalized treatment choices for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

  8. Drug concentrations in axillary lymph nodes after lymphatic chemotherapy on patients with breast cancer

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    Lymph node status is one of the decisive prognostic factors in breast cancer. Chemotherapy targeting regional lymphatic tissues has emerged as a promising therapy for the treatment of malignancies with a high tendency to disseminate lymphatically. The present study determined the drug concentrations in axillary lymph nodes after lymphatic chemotherapy (LC) in patients with breast cancer and compared the results with those receiving intravenous chemotherapy (VC) to investigate whether LC could improve the accumulation of anticancer drug in regional lymph nodes. Sixty patients with breast carcinoma confirmed by preoperative puncture-biopsy were divided into two groups at random. The LC group (n = 30) received a subcutaneous injection of 4 ml of carboplatin-activated carbon suspension, containing 20 mg of carboplatin, adjacent to the primary tumour. The VC group (n = 30) received an intravenous administration of an equal dose of aqueous carboplatin. At 1, 12, 24, 36 and 48 hours after administration, modified radical mammectomies were performed on 12 patients at each time point, with 6 from each group. Axillary lymph nodes were removed for pathological examination. The platinum concentrations in nodes were determined by Zeeman atomic absorption spectrometry. A total of 275 axillary lymph nodes were resected, with 154 in the LC group and 121 in the VC group. Of the 275 lymph nodes, 136 (49.5%) from 23 patients (38.3%) had histopathologically detected metastases. At 1, 12, 24, 36 and 48 hours after injection, the carboplatin concentrations in the LC group were 11.82 ± 3.50, 23.58 ± 7.34, 18.22 ± 4.93, 16.70 ± 5.15 and 14.62 ± 4.29 μg/g (means ± SD), respectively, whereas those in the VC group were 0.06 ± 0.02, 0.11 ± 0.05, 0.10 ± 0.02, 0.05 ± 0.02 and 0 μg/g, respectively. Significant differences were found in each corresponding comparison (P < 0.001). Lymph node metastasis was uncorrelated with drug concentration (P > 0.05). LC can effectively and

  9. Primo Vascular System in the Lymph Vessel from the Inguinal to the Axillary Nodes

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    Seung Hwan Lee; Kyoung-Hee Bae; Geum Ock Kim; Min Ho Nam; Young Bok Choi; Hee-Min Kwon; Yeonhee Ryu; Kwang-Sup Soh

    2013-01-01

    The primo vascular system (PVS) in a lymph system was observed mostly in large caliber ducts around the caudal vena cava of rabbits, rats, and mice. This required a severe surgery with laparectomy and massive removal of fat tissues in the abdomen to expose the lymph vessel. In the current brief report, we presented a new method to evade these shortcomings by observing the PVS in a less large caliber duct in the skin, that is, the lymph vessel from the inguinal to the axillary nodes. The Alcia...

  10. FDG uptake in axillary lymph nodes after vaccination against pandemic (H1N1)

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    Panagiotidis, Emmanouil; Exarhos, Demetrios; Housianakou, Irene; Bournazos, Apostolos; Datseris, Ioannis [General Hospital, PET/CT Unit, Athens (Greece)

    2010-05-15

    To alert the imaging community to potential false positive findings related to current immunization programmes against H1N1 influenza virus. We reviewed 10 patients referred for positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) who had undergone recent vaccination. All studies showed{sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake in the draining axillary lymph nodes close to the vaccination site, while low-dose CT revealed lymph nodes ranged between 0.5 cm and 1.2 cm at the same site. This potential pitfall in PET/CT should be borne in mind during current vaccination programmes. (orig.)

  11. FDG uptake in axillary lymph nodes after vaccination against pandemic (H1N1)

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    To alert the imaging community to potential false positive findings related to current immunization programmes against H1N1 influenza virus. We reviewed 10 patients referred for positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) who had undergone recent vaccination. All studies showed18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake in the draining axillary lymph nodes close to the vaccination site, while low-dose CT revealed lymph nodes ranged between 0.5 cm and 1.2 cm at the same site. This potential pitfall in PET/CT should be borne in mind during current vaccination programmes. (orig.)

  12. Observation of the Primo Vessel Approaching the Axillary Lymph Node with the Fluorescent Dye, DiI

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    Su Youn Park

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The primo vascular system (PVS floating in lymph fluid has mostly been observed in large caliber ducts around the caudal vena cava and the thoracic duct of rabbits, rats, and mice. But the PVS has not been traced up to the lymph nodes. It has not been established whether the PVS leaves the lymph vessel through the lymph vessel wall or it enters the lymph nodes. Therefore, observing the PVS entering a lymph node, for example, the axillary node, is desirable. In the current work, we traced the PVS approaching up to the surface of axillary node of a rat. The method used for this study was based upon a method that was recently developed to detect the PVS in the lymph duct from the inguinal to the axillary nodes in the skin of a rat by injecting Alcian blue into the inguinal node. However, the Alcian blue blurred near the lymph nodes and tracing the PVS up to the lymph nodes has not been possible. The current method clearly showed the PVS approaching the axillary node.

  13. Axillary lymph node core biopsy for breast cancer metastases — How many needle passes are enough?

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    Aim: To determine the diagnostic yield of each of three core passes when sampling abnormal lymph nodes in patients presenting with breast cancer. Materials and methods: All patients suspected of having breast cancer had axillary ultrasound as part of initial assessment. Radiologically abnormal nodes (cortical thickness >2.3 mm or round shape) were biopsied with three passes of a 22 mm throw 14 G core biopsy needle and sent for histopathology in separate numbered pots. Data were collected prospectively, and analysis performed on the data of 55 consecutive patients who had positive nodes on at least one core biopsy needle pass. Results: Of 55 patients with a positive node on core biopsy, tumour was noted in all three cores taken in 39 (70.9%). Lymph node metastasis was detected in 45 (81.8%) first core biopsies. With the first two cores taken, positive results were detected in 53 of 55 cases (96.4%). In both cases where tumour was only found on a third core biopsy pass, no lymph node tissue was present in the first two biopsy passes. Conclusion: Two well-directed 14 G core biopsy samples from an abnormal axillary node are adequate for diagnosis of breast cancer metastasis.

  14. Axillary lymph node core biopsy for breast cancer metastases - How many needle passes are enough?

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    Macaskill, E.J., E-mail: ejanemacaskill@nhs.net [Department of Breast Surgery, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Purdie, C.A.; Jordan, L.B. [Department of Pathology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Mclean, D.; Whelehan, P. [Department of Breast Imaging, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Brown, D.C. [Department of Breast Surgery, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Evans, A. [Department of Breast Imaging, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom)

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    Aim: To determine the diagnostic yield of each of three core passes when sampling abnormal lymph nodes in patients presenting with breast cancer. Materials and methods: All patients suspected of having breast cancer had axillary ultrasound as part of initial assessment. Radiologically abnormal nodes (cortical thickness >2.3 mm or round shape) were biopsied with three passes of a 22 mm throw 14 G core biopsy needle and sent for histopathology in separate numbered pots. Data were collected prospectively, and analysis performed on the data of 55 consecutive patients who had positive nodes on at least one core biopsy needle pass. Results: Of 55 patients with a positive node on core biopsy, tumour was noted in all three cores taken in 39 (70.9%). Lymph node metastasis was detected in 45 (81.8%) first core biopsies. With the first two cores taken, positive results were detected in 53 of 55 cases (96.4%). In both cases where tumour was only found on a third core biopsy pass, no lymph node tissue was present in the first two biopsy passes. Conclusion: Two well-directed 14 G core biopsy samples from an abnormal axillary node are adequate for diagnosis of breast cancer metastasis.

  15. Mucinous carcinoma with axillary lymph node metastasis in a male breast: A case report

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    Faten Hammedi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Context : Pure mucinous carcinoma of the male breast is an extremely rare neoplasm. It is characterized by a lower incidence of metastatic nodal involvement and a higher survival rate than invasive ductal carcinomas. Case Report : We report the case of a 75-year-old male who presented with a retroareolar mass of the right breast. The patient underwent radical mastectomy including right axillary lymph node dissection. The tumor was well demarcated and had a friable consistency with a gelatinous appearance. Histologically, the diagnostic of pure mucinous carcinoma with lymph node metastasis was performed. After surgery, the patient received chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormonotherapy (Tamoxifen. The patient remained free of disease for 36 months after surgery. Conclusion : Pure mucinous carcinoma of the male breast is a very rare tumor; in which axillary nodal disease is exceptional.

  16. Observation of the Primo Vessel Approaching the Axillary Lymph Node with the Fluorescent Dye, DiI

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    The primo vascular system (PVS) floating in lymph fluid has mostly been observed in large caliber ducts around the caudal vena cava and the thoracic duct of rabbits, rats, and mice. But the PVS has not been traced up to the lymph nodes. It has not been established whether the PVS leaves the lymph vessel through the lymph vessel wall or it enters the lymph nodes. Therefore, observing the PVS entering a lymph node, for example, the axillary node, is desirable. In the current work, we traced the...

  17. Solitary axillary lymph node metastasis without breast involvement from ovarian Cancer: Case report and brief literature review

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    Choi, Ji In; Kim, Soo Jin; Park, Sung Hee; Kim, Hee Sung [Chung-Ang University Hospital, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-11-15

    Axillary lymph node metastasis without breast involvement from ovarian cancer is rare. We report a case of a 68-year-old woman proven as ovarian serous papillary carcinoma and metastatic papillary carcinoma of the omentum on surgical diagnostic laparoscopy. In addition, a hypermetabolic lymph node was detected in left axilla and was considered a reactive benign lesion. Mammography and ultrasonography showed no focal lesion in both breasts, but ultrasonography-guided core needle biopsy for the lymph node revealed metastatic serous papillary carcinoma from ovarian origin. Even with a low incidence of axillary lymph node metastasis without breast involvement from ovarian cancer and only marginally elevated standardized uptake value in positron emission tomography, the possibility of metastasis at axillary lymph node in patients with known primary ovarian cancer must be considered.

  18. Solitary axillary lymph node metastasis without breast involvement from ovarian Cancer: Case report and brief literature review

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    Axillary lymph node metastasis without breast involvement from ovarian cancer is rare. We report a case of a 68-year-old woman proven as ovarian serous papillary carcinoma and metastatic papillary carcinoma of the omentum on surgical diagnostic laparoscopy. In addition, a hypermetabolic lymph node was detected in left axilla and was considered a reactive benign lesion. Mammography and ultrasonography showed no focal lesion in both breasts, but ultrasonography-guided core needle biopsy for the lymph node revealed metastatic serous papillary carcinoma from ovarian origin. Even with a low incidence of axillary lymph node metastasis without breast involvement from ovarian cancer and only marginally elevated standardized uptake value in positron emission tomography, the possibility of metastasis at axillary lymph node in patients with known primary ovarian cancer must be considered.

  19. Right axillary lymph node metastasis of carcinoma of the cecum with histologically proven cutaneous lymphatic invasion by carcinoma cells: a case report

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    Kawamura, Yutaka J.; Kohno, Michitaka; Shiga, Junji; Asakage, Naoki; Hatano, Minoru; Okame, Hirohisa; SASAKI, JUNICHI; Tobari, Shoichi; Nishida, Katsunori

    2015-01-01

    Axillary lymph node metastasis from colorectal carcinoma is extremely rare, and this scarcity hinders understanding of its pathogenesis and, thus, the application of appropriate management. Here, we present a case with axillary lymph node metastasis of cecal carcinoma associated with macroscopic invasion of the skin of the abdominal wall with histological evidence of such invasion, findings which support our hypothesis that the axillary lymph node metastasis developed via the lymph channels i...

  20. Improved false negative rate of axillary status using sentinel lymph node biopsy and ultrasound-suspicious lymph node sampling in patients with early breast cancer

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    The false negative rate of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is 5-10%, and results in improper patient management. The study was to assess the value of ultrasound-suspicious axillary lymph node biopsy (USALNB) in patients with early breast cancer, and to compare SLNB combined with USALNB (SLNB + USALNB) with SLNB alone. From January 2010 to July 2013, 216 patients with early breast cancer were enrolled consecutively at the Department of Breast and Thyroid Surgery, Qianfoshan Hospital, Shandong University. All patients underwent wire localization of the suspicious node by color Doppler ultrasonography, followed by SLNB 2–3 hours later, suspicious node lymphadenectomy, and level ≥ II axillary dissection (as the gold standard). The predictive values of node status between SLNB + USALNB and SLNB alone were compared. The success rate of SLNB was 99.1% (214/216). After axillary dissection, 71 patients were confirmed with axillary lymph node metastases by pathological examinations. Eight false negatives were observed using SLNB alone, resulting in sensitivity of 88.7%, specificity of 100%, false negative rate of 11.3%, and false positive rate of 0% in predicting the axillary node status. SLNB + USALNB resulted in sensitivity of 97.2%, specificity of 100%, false negative rate of 2.8%, and false positive rate of 0%. The false negative rate of SLNB + USALNB was significantly different from that of SLNB alone (P = 0.031). SLNB + USALNB seems to be a low-risk procedure that might be useful in reducing the false negative rate of SLNB, improving the accuracy of axillary nodes evaluation in early breast cancer

  1. International multicenter tool to predict the risk of four or more tumor-positive axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer patients with sentinel node macrometastases

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    Meretoja, Tuomo J; Audisio, R A; Heikkilä, P S;

    2013-01-01

    Recently, many centers have omitted routine axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) after metastatic sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer due to a growing body of literature. However, existing guidelines of adjuvant treatment planning are strongly based on axillary nodal stage. In this study, we a...

  2. Regional radiotherapy versus an axillary lymph node dissection after lumpectomy: a safe alternative for an axillary lymph node dissection in a clinically uninvolved axilla in breast cancer. A case control study with 10 years follow up

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    Elferink Marloes AG

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The standard treatment of the axilla in breast cancer used to be an axillary lymph node dissection. An axillary lymph node dissection is known to give substantial risks of morbidity. In recent years the sentinel node biopsy has become common practice. Future randomized study results will determine whether the expected decrease in morbidity can be proven. Methods Before the introduction of the sentinel node biopsy, we conducted a study in which 180 women of 50 years and older with T1/T2 cN0 breast cancer were treated with breast conserving therapy. Instead of an axillary lymph node dissection regional radiotherapy was given in combination with tamoxifen (RT-group. The study group was compared with 341 patients, with the same patient and tumour characteristics, treated with an axillary lymph node dissection (S-group. Results The treatment groups were comparable, except for age. The RT-group was significantly older than the S-group. The median follow up was 7.2 years. The regional relapse rates were low and equal in both treatment groups, 1.1% in RT-group versus 1.5% in S-group at 5 years. The overall survival was similar; the disease free survival was significant better in the RT-group. Conclusion Regional recurrence rates after regional radiotherapy are very low and equal to an axillary lymphnode dissection.

  3. Regional radiotherapy versus an axillary lymph node dissection after lumpectomy: a safe alternative for an axillary lymph node dissection in a clinically uninvolved axilla in breast cancer. A case control study with 10 years follow up

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    The standard treatment of the axilla in breast cancer used to be an axillary lymph node dissection. An axillary lymph node dissection is known to give substantial risks of morbidity. In recent years the sentinel node biopsy has become common practice. Future randomized study results will determine whether the expected decrease in morbidity can be proven. Before the introduction of the sentinel node biopsy, we conducted a study in which 180 women of 50 years and older with T1/T2 cN0 breast cancer were treated with breast conserving therapy. Instead of an axillary lymph node dissection regional radiotherapy was given in combination with tamoxifen (RT-group). The study group was compared with 341 patients, with the same patient and tumour characteristics, treated with an axillary lymph node dissection (S-group). The treatment groups were comparable, except for age. The RT-group was significantly older than the S-group. The median follow up was 7.2 years. The regional relapse rates were low and equal in both treatment groups, 1.1% in RT-group versus 1.5% in S-group at 5 years. The overall survival was similar; the disease free survival was significant better in the RT-group. Regional recurrence rates after regional radiotherapy are very low and equal to an axillary lymphnode dissection

  4. Prediction of axillary lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients based on pathologic information of the primary tumor

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    Wu, Jia-Long; Tseng, Hsin-Shun; Yang, Li-Heng; Wu, Hwa-Koon; Kuo, Shou-Jen; Chen, Shou-Tung; Chen, Dar-Ren

    2014-01-01

    Background Axillary lymph nodes (ALN) are the most commonly involved site of disease in breast cancer that has spread outside the primary lesion. Although sentinel node biopsy is a reliable way to manage ALN, there are still no good methods of predicting ALN status before surgery. Since morbidity in breast cancer surgery is predominantly related to ALN dissection, predictive models for lymph node involvement may provide a way to alert the surgeon in subgroups of patients. Material/Methods A t...

  5. Non-invasive imaging modalities for preoperative axillary lymph node staging in patients with breast cancer

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    In the last decade sentinel lymph node biopsy has become a well-established method for axillary lymph node staging in patients with breast cancer. Using preoperative imaging modalities it can be tested whether patients are suitable for sentinel node biopsy or if they should directly undergo an axillary dissection. The imaging modalities used must be mainly characterized by a high positive predictive value (PPV). For this question B-mode ultrasound is the best evaluated method and provides clear morphological signs for a high PPV (>90%) but the sensitivity barely exceeds 50%. It has not yet been proven whether other modalities such as duplex sonography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography (CT) or scintigraphy might achieve a higher sensitivity while still maintaining a high PPV. There is only some evidence that positron emission tomography (PET) might achieve a higher sensitivity. This should be confirmed by further studies because PET or PET/CT will play an increasing role for an initial whole body staging in patients with breast cancer in the near future. (orig.)

  6. Is sentinel lymph node biopsy more accurate than axillary dissection for staging nodal involvement in breast cancer patients?

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    Marrazzo, Antonio; Taormina, Pietra; Gebbiab, Vittorio; David, Massimo; Riili, Ignazio; Lo Gerfo, Domenico; Casà, Luigi; Noto, Antonio

    2007-01-01

    Today evaluation of axillary involvement can be routinely performed with the technique of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). One of the greatest advantages of SLNB is the nearly total absence of local postoperative complications. It is important to understand whether SLNB is better than axillary lymph-node dissection (ALND) for staging axillary nodal involvement. The aim of the study was to evaluate the axillary staging accuracy comparing three different methods: axillary dissection, sentinel node biopsy with the traditional 4-6 sections and sentinel node biopsy with complete analysis of the lymph node. 527 consecutive patients (525 females and 2 males) with invasive breast cancer < or = 3 cm and clinically negative axillary nodes were divided into 3 different groups: group A treated with axillary dissection, group B treated with sentinel nodal biopsy analysed with 4-6 sections, and group C treated with sentinel node biopsy with analysis of the entire node. All patients underwent a quadrantectomy to treat the tumor. Group differences and statistical significance were assessed by ANOVA. The percentages of N+ in group A and group B were 25.80% and 28% respectively, while in the third group it rose to 45%, or almost half the patients. The differences among the three groups were statistically significant (p = 0.02). From our analysis of the data it emerges that axillary dissection and sentinel node biopsy with analysis of 4-6 sections have the same accuracy in staging the nodal status of the axilla; analysis of the entire sentinel lymph node revealed an increased number of patients with axillary nodal involvement, proving more powerful in predicting nodal stage. SLNB with complete examination of the SLN removed can be considered the best method for axillary staging in breast cancer patients with clinical negative nodes. In our study, the percentage of metastases encountered after complete examination of SLN was 45% compared to the accuracy of axillary dissection that

  7. Diagnostic value of full-dose FDG PET/CT for axillary lymph node staging in breast cancer patients

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    The aims of this study were (1) to evaluate FDG PET/CT and CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases in breast cancer (BC) patients and (2) to evaluate FDG PET/CT as a pre-test for the triage to sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) versus axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value (PPV, NPV), and accuracy of FDG PET/CT and CT for axillary lymph node metastases were determined in 61 patients (gold standard: histopathology). According to the equation NPV = specificity .(1-prevalence)/[specificity.(1-prevalence)+(1-sensitivity).prevalence] FDG PET/CT was evaluated as a triage tool for SLNB versus ALND. The sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and accuracy of FDG PET/CT was 58,92,82,77 and 79% and of CT 46,89,72,71 and 72%, respectively. Patients with an up to ∝60% risk for axillary lymph node metastases appear to be candidates for SLNB provided that the axilla is unremarkable on FDG PET/CT. FDG PET/CT cannot replace invasive approaches for axillary staging but may extend the indication for SLNB. (orig.)

  8. Detection of axillary lymph node metastases in breast carcinoma by technetium-99m sestamibi breast scintigraphy, ultrasound and conventional mammography

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    Axillary lymph node status is important in the staging of breast carcinoma. To evaluate the accuracy of technetium-99m sestamibi breast scintigraphy in detecting metastatic axillary lymph nodes as compared with other accepted imaging modalities, we performed 99mTc-sestamibi breast scintigraphy, conventional mammography and ultrasound in 36 patients with primary untreated breast cardinoma. With histopathology as the gold standard, 99mTc-sestamibi breast scintigraphy was found to yield true-positive results in 7 of 11 cases (64%) of axillary lymph nodes metastases and true-negative results in 18 of 20 cases (90%); it has an accuracy of 81%, a positive predictive value of 77.8% and a negative predicive value of 81.8%. (orig.)

  9. Quantum dots in axillary lymph node mapping: Biodistribution study in healthy mice

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    Guillemin François

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Breast cancer is the first cause of cancer death among women and its incidence doubled in the last two decades. Several approaches for the treatment of these cancers have been developed. The axillary lymph node dissection (ALND leads to numerous morbidity complications and is now advantageously replaced by the dissection and the biopsy of the sentinel lymph node. Although this approach has strong advantages, it has its own limitations which are manipulation of radioactive products and possible anaphylactic reactions to the dye. As recently proposed, these limitations could in principle be by-passed if semiconductor nanoparticles (quantum dots or QDs were used as fluorescent contrast agents for the in vivo imaging of SLN. QDs are fluorescent nanoparticles with unique optical properties like strong resistance to photobleaching, size dependent emission wavelength, large molar extinction coefficient, and good quantum yield. Methods CdSe/ZnS core/shell QDs emitting around 655 nm were used in our studies. 20 μL of 1 μM (20 pmol QDs solution were injected subcutaneously in the anterior paw of healthy nude mice and the axillary lymph node (ALN was identified visually after injection of a blue dye. In vivo fluorescence spectroscopy was performed on ALN before the mice were sacrificed at 5, 15, 30, 60 min and 24 h after QDs injection. ALN and all other organs were removed, cryosectioned and observed in fluorescence microscopy. The organs were then chemically made soluble to extract QDs. Plasmatic, urinary and fecal fluorescence levels were measured. Results QDs were detected in ALN as soon as 5 min and up to 24 h after the injection. The maximum amount of QDs in the ALN was detected 60 min after the injection and corresponds to 2.42% of the injected dose. Most of the injected QDs remained at the injection site. No QDs were detected in other tissues, plasma, urine and feces. Conclusion Effective and rapid (few minutes detection of

  10. Scintimammography in the evaluation of axillary lymph node invasion in patients with breast cancer

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    Purpose: to correlate axillary Technetium 99 m sestamibi uptake with the axillary histology in patients with proven breast cancer. Secondly, to correlate the breast scintimammography results with the tumor histology. Materials and methods: fifty-one patients with operable breast cancer T 1, T 2 or T 3 and N 0 or N 1 had a scintimammography before surgery. Images were interpreted directly from the computer screen by two specialists who did not have knowledge about clinical or radiological information concerning the patients. Surgical treatment included conservative surgery or mastectomy, both followed by axillary dissection for malignant tumors (45 patients) and only excision for benign lesions (6 patients). Statistical analysis correlated scintimammography and histologic results. Results: the sensitivity and specificity of Tc 99 m sestamibi to assess histologic lymph node involvement in patients with operable breast cancer was 35% (95 % CI:14-61%) and 57% (95 % CI:37-75%) respectively. The positive predictive value was 33% (95 % CI:13-58%) and the negative predictive value was 59% ( 95 % CI: 38-77%). The sensitivity and specificity of Tc 99 sestamibi to assess breast tumor malignancy was 97% (95 % CI:88-99%) and 33% (95 % CI: 4-77%) respectively, calculated in only six patients. The positive predictive value was 91% (95 % CI: 80-97%) and the negative predictive value was 66% (95 % CI:9-99%). Conclusion: our findings regarding the preoperative axillary assessment with Tc 99 m sestamibi do not support the use of this imaging modality for this purpose. (author)

  11. Clinical significance of the negative lymph node count after the axillary dissection of breast cancer patients

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    Yufeng Yao; Jinhai Tang; Jianwei Qin; Jianping Gong

    2012-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of the negative lymph node (LN) count on the survival of the breast cancer patients in early stage after the axillary dissection. Methods: The breast cancer patients with T1–2N0–1M0 stage between January 2001 and December 2005 in Jiangsu Cancer Hospital, who underwent the axillary LNs dissection, were enrolled in this study. We analyzed the data of these patients including information of follow-up and postop-erative pathological results. All patients were divided into two groups according to the axillary LN status and each group was divided into four subgroups according to the negative LN count. Cox regression analysis was performed to screen the patho-logical factor including the negative LN count on the survival and to compare the different negative LN count on the survival. Results: COX proportional hazard regression model showed that the survival of the breast cancer was significantly associ-ated with the negative LN count. In T1–2N0 group, when the negative LN count was 3 or less, 4 to 5, 6 to 9 and 10 or more, the median survival time was (82.6 ± 4.1) months, (101.5 ± 1.3) months, (104.7 ± 1.0) months, and (110.5 ± 0.9) months respectively (P < 0.05). In T1–2N1 group, when the negative LN count was 6 or less, 7 to 8, 9 to 10 and 11 or more, the median survival time was (95.4 ± 1.9) months, (101.8 ± 1.1) months, (104.9 ± 1.0) months, and (106.5 ± 0.9) months respectively (P < 0.05). Conclusion: The negative LN count can reflect the adequacy of the axillary dissection. Increasing negative LN count is independently associated with improved survival in pT1–2N0M0 or pT1–2N1M0 staging breast cancer patients. The negative LN count should be considered for incorporation into staging for breast cancer with the axillary LN dissection.

  12. Comparison of intraoperative frozen section analysis of sentinel node with preoperative positron emission tomography in the diagnosis of axillary lymph node status in breast cancer patients

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    Although axillary lymph node status is an important prognostic factor and axillary dissection is regarded as the gold standard for staging, it requires radical surgery which is accompanied by considerable postoperative problems such as lymphedema. This study was carried out to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of preoperative positron emission tomography (PET) and intraoperative frozen biopsy of sentinel lymphadenectomy (SLND) in detecting axillary lymph node metastasis. We studied 18 patients who had preoperative PET and SLND for breast cancer in the Department of Surgery at Samsung Medical Center. They all had preoperative PET with a radiolabeled glucose analogue ([18F]FDG) to visualize primary tumors and metastatic nodes. Isosulphan blue dye was used for intraoperative SLND. Frozen and permanent biopsies were then compared after full axillary dissection. In 18 cases, six had positive metastatic nodes in the permanent biopsy of full axillary dissection but were negative in three cases by preoperative PET. There was one false negative result by frozen biopsy of SLND which was later shown to be positive by permanent biopsy. The sensitivity and specificity of SLND and PET for detecting axillary node metastasis were 83, 100% and 50, 100%, respectively. Although both methods are good for axillary nodal status, the intraoperative frozen biopsy result of SLND was superior to preoperative PET in our preliminary study. (author)

  13. Comparison of intraoperative frozen section analysis of sentinel node with preoperative positron emission tomography in the diagnosis of axillary lymph node status in breast cancer patients

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    Yang, Jung-Hyun; Nam, Seok-Jin; Lee, Hae-Kyung; Kim, Byung-Tae [Sungkyunkwan Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Tae-Seung; Jung, Sung-Hoo

    2001-01-01

    Although axillary lymph node status is an important prognostic factor and axillary dissection is regarded as the gold standard for staging, it requires radical surgery which is accompanied by considerable postoperative problems such as lymphedema. This study was carried out to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of preoperative positron emission tomography (PET) and intraoperative frozen biopsy of sentinel lymphadenectomy (SLND) in detecting axillary lymph node metastasis. We studied 18 patients who had preoperative PET and SLND for breast cancer in the Department of Surgery at Samsung Medical Center. They all had preoperative PET with a radiolabeled glucose analogue ([{sup 18}F]FDG) to visualize primary tumors and metastatic nodes. Isosulphan blue dye was used for intraoperative SLND. Frozen and permanent biopsies were then compared after full axillary dissection. In 18 cases, six had positive metastatic nodes in the permanent biopsy of full axillary dissection but were negative in three cases by preoperative PET. There was one false negative result by frozen biopsy of SLND which was later shown to be positive by permanent biopsy. The sensitivity and specificity of SLND and PET for detecting axillary node metastasis were 83, 100% and 50, 100%, respectively. Although both methods are good for axillary nodal status, the intraoperative frozen biopsy result of SLND was superior to preoperative PET in our preliminary study. (author)

  14. Tangential vs. defined radiotherapy in early breast cancer treatment without axillary lymph node dissection. A comparative study

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    Recent studies have demonstrated low regional recurrence rates in early-stage breast cancer omitting axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) in patients who have positive nodes in sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND). This finding has triggered an active discussion about the effect of radiotherapy within this approach. The purpose of this study was to analyze the dose distribution in the axilla in standard tangential radiotherapy (SRT) for breast cancer and the effects on normal tissue exposure when anatomic level I-III axillary lymph node areas are included in the tangential radiotherapy field configuration. We prospectively analyzed the dosimetric treatment plans from 51 consecutive women with early-stage breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy. We compared and analyzed the SRT and the defined radiotherapy (DRT) methods for each patient. The clinical target volume (CTV) of SRT included the breast tissue without specific contouring of lymph node areas, whereas the CTV of DRT included the level I-III lymph node areas. We evaluated the dose given in SRT covering the axillary lymph node areas of level I-III as contoured in DRT. The mean VD95% of the entire level I-III lymph node area in SRT was 50.28 % (range, 37.31-63.24 %), VD45Gy was 70.1 % (54.8-85.4 %), and VD40Gy was 83.5 % (72.3-94.8 %). A significant difference was observed between lung dose and heart toxicity in SRT vs. DRT. The V20Gy and V30Gy of the right and the left lung in DRT were significantly higher in DRT than in SRT (p < 0.001). The mean heart dose in SRT was significantly lower (3.93 vs. 4.72 Gy, p = 0.005). We demonstrated a relevant dose exposure of the axilla in SRT that should substantially reduce local recurrences. Furthermore, we demonstrated a significant increase in lung and heart exposure when including the axillary lymph nodes regions in the tangential radiotherapy field set-up. (orig.)

  15. A new, preoperative, MRI-based scoring system for diagnosing malignant axillary lymph nodes in women evaluated for breast cancer

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    Objective: Malignant axillary lymph nodes are an important predictor for breast cancer recurrence, but invasive dissection or biopsy is required for the diagnosis. We determined whether and how malignant nodes could be diagnosed preoperatively with magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Materials and methods: We obtained MR images of all women evaluated for breast cancer at the Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center in 2010 and correlated the image characteristics of each axillary node with the pathologic diagnosis of the same node. Results: We analyzed 251 nodes (117 benign; 134 malignant) from 136 women (mean age, 44 years; range, 20–67). Mean diameter of the nodes was 18 mm (range, 5–58 mm). With pathologic diagnosis as the reference standard, MRI-based interpretations were 66.4% sensitive, 94% specific, and 79% accurate. Diameter, pathologic type, apparent diffusion coefficient value (ADC, b = 500 and 800), time-intensity curve (TIC) type of breast tumors correlated with node metastasis; ADC value (b = 500 and 800), TIC type, early enhancement rate, long-axis, short-axis, shape, margin and the location of nodes correlated with node metastasis (P < 0.001 for all). Tumor immunohistochemistry results for estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, c-erbB-2, vascular endothelial growth factor, and Ki67 were not. An MRI-based lymph node scoring system based on these correlations had a specificity of 91%, a sensitivity of 93%, and an area under the ROC curve of 0.95 (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Metastatic axillary lymph nodes can be accurately diagnosed by MR in women with early breast cancer preoperatively and non-invasively. The scoring system appears to be superior to current methods

  16. Role of fluorine-18-labeled 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography in the evaluation of axillary lymph node involvement in operable breast cancer in comparison with sentinel lymph node biopsy

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    Role of (18(F)fluorine-18-labeled 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) in the evaluation of axillary lymph node involvement in T1T2N0 breast cancer and compare results with sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). SLN was identified in 32 of 37 patients with an identification rate of 86.48% (32/37). With combined technique SLN identification rate was 100% (6/6) while with blue dye alone; it was 83.8% (26/31). Among 37 patients, 16 had axillary metastases of which 12 had macrometastases and four had micrometastases detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC). Of 12 patients with axillary macrometastases, skip metastases were present in two patients in whom SLN was negative and in two patients SLN was not identified, but axillary dissection showed metastases. PET-CT had shown sensitivity, specificity, negative predictive value and positive predictive value of 56%, 90%, 73%, and 81.8%, respectively. IHC of SLN detected four patients with micrometastases upstaging the disease by 11% (4/37). Because FDG PET-CT has a high specificity in the evaluation of axillary lymph node involvement in T1T2N0 breast cancer patients according to the results of this study if FDG PET-CT is positive in axillary lymph nodes, axillary lymph node dissection may be considered instead of SLNB

  17. Using quantitative image analysis to classify axillary lymph nodes on breast MRI: A new application for the Z 0011 Era

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    Highlights: •Quantitative image analysis showed promise in evaluating axillary lymph nodes. •13 of 28 features performed better than guessing at metastatic status. •When all features were used in together, a considerably higher AUC was obtained. -- Abstract: Purpose: To assess the performance of computer extracted feature analysis of dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) magnetic resonance images (MRI) of axillary lymph nodes. To determine which quantitative features best predict nodal metastasis. Methods: This institutional board-approved HIPAA compliant study, in which informed patient consent was waived, collected enhanced T1 images of the axilla from patients with breast cancer. Lesion segmentation and feature analysis were performed on 192 nodes using a laboratory-developed quantitative image analysis (QIA) workstation. The importance of 28 features were assessed. Classification used the features as input to a neural net classifier in a leave-one-case-out cross-validation and evaluated with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Results: The area under the ROC curve (AUC) values for features in the task of distinguishing between positive and negative nodes ranged from just over 0.50 to 0.70. Five features yielded AUCs greater than 0.65: two morphological and three textural features. In cross-validation, the neural net classifier obtained an AUC of 0.88 (SE 0.03) for the task of distinguishing between positive and negative nodes. Conclusion: QIA of DCE MRI demonstrated promising performance in discriminating between positive and negative axillary nodes

  18. Axillary lymph node dose with tangential whole breast radiation in the prone versus supine position: a dosimetric study

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    Leonard Kara

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Prone breast positioning reduces skin reaction and heart and lung dose, but may also reduce radiation dose to axillary lymph nodes (ALNs. Methods Women with early stage breast cancer treated with whole breast irradiation (WBI in the prone position were identified. Patients treated in the supine position were matched for treating physician, laterality, and fractionation. Ipsilateral breast, tumor bed, and Level I, II, and III ALNs were contoured according to the RTOG breast atlas. Clips marking surgically removed sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs were contoured. Treatment plans developed for each patient were retrospectively analyzed. V90% and V95% was calculated for each axillary level. When present, dose to axillary surgical clips was calculated. Results Treatment plans for 46 women (23 prone and 23 supine were reviewed. The mean V90% and V95% of ALN Level I was significantly lower for patients treated in the prone position (21% and 14%, respectively than in the supine position (50% and 37%, respectively (p p % of SLN clips was 47% for patients treated in the supine position and 0% for patients treated in the prone position (p % to SLN clips was 96% for women treated in the supine position but only 13% for women treated in the prone position. Conclusions Standard tangential breast irradiation in the prone position results in substantially reduced dose to the Level I axilla as compared with treatment in the supine position. For women in whom axillary coverage is indicated such as those with positive sentinel lymph node biopsy who do not undergo completion axillary dissection, treatment in the prone position may be inappropriate.

  19. Sentinel lymph node detection after trans axillary augmentation mammoplasty: a prospective controlled study utilizing lymphoscintigraphy in 43 breasts

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    Objective: to evaluate the potential influence of trans axillary augmentation mammoplasty on future detection of sentinel lymph node. Materials and methods: prospective controlled study where 22 patients were selected and divided into two groups (post-mammoplasty and control) corresponding to 43 breasts (22 in the post-mammoplasty group and 21 in the control group) evaluated by lymphoscintigraphy immediately after periareolar 99mTc-phytate injections. In the statistical analysis, p values < 0.05 were considered as significant. Results: all the breasts in the post-mammoplasty group presented lymphatic drainage to the axillary chain, with no difference as compared with the control group (p 0.488). The average number of hot lymph nodes was 1.27 ± 0.46 in the post-mammoplasty group, and 1.33 ± 0.58 in the control group (p = 0.895). The mean time required to visualize the first lymph node was 3.14 ± 4.42 minutes in the post mammoplasty group, and 5.48 ± 5.06 minutes in the control group (p 0.136). Conclusion: transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty did not affect the future detection of sentinel lymph node. (author)

  20. Sentinel lymph node detection after trans axillary augmentation mammoplasty: a prospective controlled study utilizing lymphoscintigraphy in 43 breasts

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    Sado, Heitor Naoki; Timi, Jorge Rufino Ribas; Matias, Jorge Eduardo Fouto [Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Program of Post-Graduation in Surgical Practice]. E-mail: heitor@cermen.com.br; Graf, Ruth Maria [Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Hospital de Clinicas; Urban, Cicero Andrade [UnicenP, Curitiba, PR (Brazil); Yamada, Airton Seiji [CERMEN - Centro de Radioimunoensaio e Medicina Nuclear de Curitiba, PR (Brazil); Woellner, Luiz Carlos [Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Hospital de Clinicas. Unit of Nuclear Medicine; Ferreira, Eduardo de Castro [Universidade Federal do Maranhao (UFMA), Sao Luis, MA (Brazil). Hospital de Clinicas

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    Objective: to evaluate the potential influence of trans axillary augmentation mammoplasty on future detection of sentinel lymph node. Materials and methods: prospective controlled study where 22 patients were selected and divided into two groups (post-mammoplasty and control) corresponding to 43 breasts (22 in the post-mammoplasty group and 21 in the control group) evaluated by lymphoscintigraphy immediately after periareolar {sup 99m}Tc-phytate injections. In the statistical analysis, p values < 0.05 were considered as significant. Results: all the breasts in the post-mammoplasty group presented lymphatic drainage to the axillary chain, with no difference as compared with the control group (p 0.488). The average number of hot lymph nodes was 1.27 {+-} 0.46 in the post-mammoplasty group, and 1.33 {+-} 0.58 in the control group (p = 0.895). The mean time required to visualize the first lymph node was 3.14 {+-} 4.42 minutes in the post mammoplasty group, and 5.48 {+-} 5.06 minutes in the control group (p 0.136). Conclusion: transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty did not affect the future detection of sentinel lymph node. (author)

  1. Comparison of the diagnostic value of FDG-PET/CT and axillary ultrasound for the detection of lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients

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    Riegger, Carolin; Heusner, Till A. [Univ Dusseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Dusseldorf (Germany); Univ Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany)], E-mail: Heusner@med.uni-duesseldorf.de; Koeninger, Angela; Kimmig, Rainer [Univ Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Essen (Germany); Hartung, Verena; Bockisch, Andreas [Univ Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Essen (Germany); Otterbach, Friedrich [Univ Duisburg-Essen, Institute of Pathology and Neuropathology, Essen (Germany); Forsting, Michael [Univ Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Antoch, Gerald [Univ Dusseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Dusseldorf (Germany)

    2012-12-15

    Background. FDG-PET/CT is increasingly being used for breast cancer staging. Its diagnostic accuracy in comparison to ultrasound as the standard non-invasive imaging modality for the evaluation of axillary lymph nodes has yet not been evaluated. Purpose. To retrospectively compare the diagnostic value of full-dose, intravenously contrast-enhanced FDG-PET/CT and ultrasound for the detection of lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients. Material and Methods. Ninety patients (one patient with a bilateral carcinoma) (89 women, one man; mean age, 55.5 {+-} 16.6 years) suffering from primary breast cancer underwent whole-body FDG-PET/CT and axillary ultrasound. The ipsilateral axillary fossa (n = 91) was evaluated for metastatic spread. The sensitivity, specificity, the positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and accuracy of both methods were calculated. The sensitivity and accuracy were statistically compared using the McNemar Test (P <0.05). Analyses were made on a patient basis. The number of patients with extra-axillary locoregional lymph node metastases exclusively detected by FDG-PET/CT was evaluated. For axillary lymph node metastases histopathology served as the reference standard. Results. The sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV, and accuracy of FDG-PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases were 54%, 89%, 77%, 74%, and 75%, respectively. For ultrasound it was 38%, 78%, 54%, 65%, and 62%, respectively. FDG-PET/CT was significantly more accurate than ultrasound for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases (P = 0.019). There was no statistically significant difference between the sensitivity of both modalities (P = 0.0578). FDG-PET/CT detected extra-axillary locoregional lymph node metastases in seven patients (8%) that had not been detected by another imaging modality. Conclusion. Though more accurate compared to ultrasound for evaluating the axillary lymph node status FDG-PET/CT is only as sensitive as

  2. Postoperative periclavicular radiotherapy in breast cancer patients with 1-3 positive axillary lymph nodes. Outcome and morbidity

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    Biancosino, A.; Bremer, M.; Karstens, J.H.; Meyer, A. [Medical School Hannover (Germany). Clinic of Radiation Oncology; Biancosino, C. [Dr. Horst-Schmidt-Clinic Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden (Germany). Dept. of Thoracic Surgery

    2012-05-15

    The goal of this work was to examine the possible influence of periclavicular irradiation on outcome of breast cancer patients with 1-3 positive lymph nodes with special emphasis on late toxicity rates. Between 1997 and 2000, 235 breast cancer patients (T1-2, 1-3 involved lymph nodes) were treated at our department following breast conservative surgery: 139 patients (59.1%) had one, 62 patients (26.4%) two, and 34 patients (14.5%) three positive lymph nodes. Extracapsular spread (ECS) was described in 72 patients (30.6%). There were 67 patients (28.5%) who received additional radiotherapy to the ipsilateral periclavicular lymph nodes (PCLNI), while 168 patients did not (noPCLNI). Patients were re-examined or contacted by phone with regard to treatment-related late effects. After a median follow-up of 78 months (range 7-107 months), 22 patients (9.4%) developed local, 9 (3.8%) axillary, 4 periclavicular (1.7%), and 41 distant failure (17.4%). The actuarial 8-year locoregional recurrence-free (LRRFS), disease-free (DFS), and overall survival rates (OS) were 83%, 67%, and 74%, respectively. Survival data for the PCLNI vs. noPCLNI group were 72% vs. 89% (p = 0.3), 56% vs. 73% (p = 0.4), and 86% vs. 70% (p = 0.3), respectively. No higher toxicity rates were reported in the PCLNI group compared to the noPCLNI group. We could not demonstrate any difference in outcome in breast cancer patients with 1-3 positive axillary lymph node metastases with or without periclavicular lymph node irradiation. In addition, patients with PCLNI did not complain about higher rates of late toxicities. However, patients with ECS, which may predict for locoregional failure, may benefit from adjuvant periclavicular irradiation. (orig.)

  3. The Value of T2* in Differentiating Metastatic from Benign Axillary Lymph Nodes in Patients with Breast Cancer - A Preliminary In Vivo Study

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    Li, Chuanming; Meng, Shan; Yang, Xinhua; Jian WANG; Hu, Jiani

    2014-01-01

    Background Accurate detection and determination of axillary lymph node metastasis are crucial for the clinical management of patients with breast cancer. Noninvasive imaging methods including ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), or conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are not yet accurate enough. The purpose of this study was to investigate the value of in vivo T2* in differentiating metastatic from benign axillary lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer. Methodology/Princip...

  4. False-positive axillary lymph node on F-18 FDG PET/CT due to moxibustion therapy

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    A 30-year-old female was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer and underwent total thyroidectomy and high-dose radioiodine ablation. F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for recurrence detection of thyroid carcinoma was performed at 3 years after total thyroidectomy. Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy using moxa or the mugwort herb. Moxibustion is the burning of a small, thimble-sized, smoldering plug of dried leaves such as moxa or mugwort on the skin at an acupuncture point. Acupuncture and moxibustion induce hyperemia and a local inflammatory reaction. Complications associated with moxibustion such as skin bums or infection of the site have been reported previously. False-positive FDG uptake in PET may result from inflammation, infection, and variations in physiological uptake. In the present case, the hypermetabolic axillary lymph node disappeared without any treatment. Well-known of false-positive FDG uptake in axillary lymph noes such as arthritis of the upper extremity, extravasation of injected FDG, and vaccination were not found. Thus, left axillary lymph node uptake was

  5. False-positive axillary lymph node on F-18 FDG PET/CT due to moxibustion therapy

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    Jeong, Shin Young; Lee, Sang Woo; Ahn, Byeong Cheol; Lee, Jae Tae [Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Ji Hyoung [Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-12-15

    A 30-year-old female was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer and underwent total thyroidectomy and high-dose radioiodine ablation. F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for recurrence detection of thyroid carcinoma was performed at 3 years after total thyroidectomy. Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy using moxa or the mugwort herb. Moxibustion is the burning of a small, thimble-sized, smoldering plug of dried leaves such as moxa or mugwort on the skin at an acupuncture point. Acupuncture and moxibustion induce hyperemia and a local inflammatory reaction. Complications associated with moxibustion such as skin bums or infection of the site have been reported previously. False-positive FDG uptake in PET may result from inflammation, infection, and variations in physiological uptake. In the present case, the hypermetabolic axillary lymph node disappeared without any treatment. Well-known of false-positive FDG uptake in axillary lymph noes such as arthritis of the upper extremity, extravasation of injected FDG, and vaccination were not found. Thus, left axillary lymph node uptake was

  6. Differential Diagnosis of Axillary Inflammatory and Metastatic Lymph Nodes in Rabbit Models by Using Diffusion-Weighted Imaging: Compared with Conventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Wang, Jun Ping; Zhang, Yun Ting; Yu, Chunshui; Bai, Renju; Sun, Haoran [Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin (China); Liao, Qian [The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Jiangxi (China)

    2012-07-15

    This experiment aims to determine the diagnostic value of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in the differentiation of axillary inflammatory lymph nodes from metastatic lymph nodes in rabbit models in comparison with conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Conventional MRI and DWI were performed at 4 weeks after successful inoculation into the forty female New Zealand white rabbits' mammary glands. The size-based and signal-intensity-based criteria and the relative apparent diffusion coefficient (rADC) value were compared between the axillary inflammatory lymph nodes and metastatic lymph nodes, with histopathological findings as the reference standard. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was performed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of the aforementioned criteria and rADC value in differentiating the axillary inflammatory lymph nodes from metastatic lymph nodes. Thirty-two axillary inflammatory lymph nodes and 46 metastatic ones were successfully isolated and taken into pathological analysis. The differences of the aforementioned criteria between the two groups were not statistically significant (p > 0.05). However, the rADC value of the inflammatory lymph nodes (0.9 {+-} 0.14) was higher than that of metastatic ones (0.7 {+-} 0.18), with significant difference (p = 0.016). When the rADC value was chosen as 0.80, the area under the ROC curve is greater than all other criteria, and the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value for differentiating two groups were 86.2%, 79.3%, 81.2%, 84.2%, and 85.6%, respectively. Diffusion-weighted imaging is a promising new technique for differentiating axillary inflammatory lymph nodes from metastatic lymph nodes. Compared with routine magnetic resonance sequences, DWI could provide more useful physiological and functional information for diagnosis.

  7. Lymph Drainage Studied by Lymphoscintigraphy in the Arms after Sentinel Node Biopsy Compared with Axillary Lymph Node Dissection Following Conservative Breast Cancer Surgery

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    Celebioglu, F.; Perbeck, L.; Frisell, J.; Groendal, E.; Svensson, L.; Danielsson, R. [Dept. of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Inst., Karolinska Univ Hospital Solna, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2007-07-15

    Purpose: To investigate lymphatic drainage as measured by lymphoscintigraphy in the arms of patients undergoing either sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) or axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). Material and Methods: From January 2001 to December 2002, 30 patients with unilateral invasive breast carcinoma underwent breast-conserving surgery with SNB and 30 patients with ALND. All patients received radiotherapy to the breast. Lymphoscintigraphy was performed, and skin circulation, skin temperature, and arm volume were measured 2-3 years after radiotherapy. Results: None of the 30 patients who underwent SNB showed any clinical manifestation of lymphedema. Of the 30 patients undergoing ALND, six (20%) had clinical lymphedema, with an arm volume that was >10% larger on the operated than on the non-operated side (P<0.01). Scintigraphically, visual analysis revealed lymphatic dysfunction in three patients, manifested as forearm dermal back flow. Two of these patients also had an increased arm volume. Quantitative analysis showed no differences between the groups, apart from a smaller amount of isotope in the axilla in the ALND group. There was no difference in skin circulation or skin temperature. Conclusion: Our study shows that lymph drainage in the operated arm compared with the non-operated arm was less affected by SNB than by ALND, and that morbidity associated with SNB was lower than with ALND. However, the results do not confirm our hypothesis that lymphoscintigraphy can reveal differences in lymph circulation that are not evident clinically in the form of manifest lymphedema. The most sensitive clinical method of assessing lymph drainage seems to be measurement of arm volume.

  8. The number of tumor-free axillary lymph nodes removed as a prognostic parameter for node-negative breast cancer

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    Fei Gao; Ni He; Pei-Hong Wu

    2014-01-01

    Recently, there has been controversy about the relationship between the number of lymph nodes removed and survival of patients diagnosed with lymph node-negative breast cancer. To assess this relationship, 603 cases of lymph node-negative breast cancer with a median of 126 months of follow-up data were studied. Patients were stratified into two groups (Group A, 10 or fewer tumor-free lymph nodes removed; Group B, more than 10 tumor-free lymph nodes removed). The number of tumor-free lymph nodes in ipsilateral axilary resections as wel as 5 other disease parameters were analyzed for prognostic value. Our results revealed that the risk of death from breast cancer was significantly associated with patient age, marital status, histologic grade, tumor size, and adjuvant therapy. The 5- and 10-year survival rates for patients with 10 or fewer tumor-free lymph nodes removed was 88.0% and 66.4%, respectively, compared with 69.2% and 51.1%, respectively, for patients with more than 10 tumor-free lymph nodes removed. For patients with 10 or fewer tumor-free lymph nodes removed, the adjusted hazard ratio (HR) for risk of death from breast cancer was 0.579 (95% confidence interval, 0.492-0.687,P < 0.001), independent of patient age, marital status, histologic grade, tumor size, and adjuvant therapy. Our study suggests that the number of tumor-free lymph nodes removed is an independent predictor in cases of lymph node-negative breast cancer.

  9. Breast cancer with axillary lymph node involvement; Cancer du sein avec atteinte ganglionnaire axillaire

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    Belaid, A.; Kanoun, S.; Kallel, A.; Ghorbel, I.; Azoury, F.; Heymann, S.; Marsiglia, H.; Bourgier, C. [Departement de radiotherapie, Unite fonctionnelle de Senologie, institut Gustave-Roussy, 94 - Villejuif (France); Belaid, A.; Ghorbel, I. [Service de radiotherapie Carcinologique, institut Salah-Azaiez, Tunis (Tunisia); Kanoun, S. [Service de radiotherapie, hopital Farhat-Hached, Sousse (Tunisia); Kallel, A. [dUnite de radiotherapie, clinique Ennasr (Tunisia); Pichenot, C.; Verstraet, R. [Departement de physique, institut Gustave-Roussy, 94 - Villejuif (France); Marsiglia, H. [Universite de Florence (Italy)

    2010-07-01

    Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer of women in western countries. There are one million new cases per year in the world which represents 22% of all female cancers, and more than 370.000 deaths due to breast cancer per year (14% of cancer mortality). More than half of breast cancers are associated with axillary nodal involvement. Post-operative radiation therapy (XRT) is a crucial part of locoregional treatment in axillary nodal involvement breast cancer owing to a 15-years risk reduction of locoregional recurrence of 70% and to a 5.4% risk reduction of specific mortality. In 3D-conformal irradiation in such breast cancers, target volumes are chest wall when mastectomy was performed or breast and boost of tumor bed in case of breast conservative surgery, and supra-clavicular and/or axillary and/or internal mammary node areas. The main organs at risk are ipsilateral lung, heart and brachial plexus. The aim of this article is to describe epidemiologic, radio anatomic and prognostic features of axillary nodal involvement breast cancer and to propose guidelines for 3D-conformal treatment planning in locally advanced breast cancers. This review is illustrated by a case report. (authors)

  10. Is there a requirement for axillary lymph node dissection following identification of micro-metastasis or isolated tumour cells at sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer?

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    Joyce, D P

    2012-02-29

    INTRODUCTION: Recent decades have seen a significant shift towards conservative management of the axilla. Increasingly, immunohistochemical analysis of sentinel nodes leads to the detection of small tumour deposits, the significance of which remains uncertain. The aims of this study are to examine patients whose sentinel lymph nodes are positive for macro-metastasis, micro-metastasis or isolated tumour cells (ITCs) and to determine the rate of further nodal disease after axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of all patients undergoing a sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) between January 2007 and December 2010 in a tertiary referral breast unit was performed. Patients who underwent an axillary lymph node dissection for macro-metastasis, micro-metastasis or ITCs were identified. Demographics, histological data and the rate of further axillary disease were examined. RESULTS: In total, 664 breast cancer patients attended the symptomatic breast unit during the study period, 360 of whom underwent a SLNB. Seventy patients had a SLNB positive for macro-metastasis. All of these patients underwent ALND. A positive SLNB with either micro-metastasis or ITCs was identified in 58 patients. Only 41 of the 58 patients went on to have an ALND, due primarily to variations in surgeons\\' preferences. Nineteen patients with micro-metastasis underwent an ALND. Four patients had further axillary disease (21%). Twenty-two patients had ITCs identified, of whom only one had further disease (4.5%). No statistically significant difference was found between the two groups in terms of tumour size, grade, lymphovascular invasion or oestrogen receptor status. CONCLUSION: ALND should be considered in patients with micro-metastasis at SLNB. It should rarely be employed in the setting of SLNB positive for ITCs.

  11. Rare case of axillary lymph node metastasis in papillary thyroid carcinoma detected using Iodine-131 whole-body scintigraphy and single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography

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    Differentiated thyroid cancer is, usually, associated with an excellent prognosis and indolent course. Distant metastases are rare events at the onset of thyroid cancer. Among these presentations, metastasis to the axillary lymph nodes is even more unusual. Only few cases of papillary carcinoma with axillary nodal metastasis were previously reported in the literature. We present a 38-year-old female who underwent Iodine-131 whole-body scintigraphy, after total thyroidectomy and bilateral neck lymph node dissection for papillary carcinoma of thyroid, showed intense uptake in the remnant thyroid, lung metastasis, left cervical and left axillary lymph nodes. Excision of left axillary lymph nodes confirmed metastatic papillary carcinoma

  12. Five-year follow-up of treatment outcomes in patients with early-stage breast cancer and clinically negative axillary nodes treated with no lymph node dissection or axillary clearance

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Daigo Yamamoto,1 Kanji Tanaka,2 Yu T subota,1 Noriko Sueoka,1 Tetsuji Shoji,3 Kayoko Kuwana,1 A-Hon Kwon11Department of Surgery, Kansai Medical University, Hirakata, 2Ribon-Rose Tanaka Kanji Breast Clinic, 3Shoji Clinic, Osaka, JapanBackground: Sentinel lymph node biopsy has steadily replaced axillary lymph node dissection (ALND for staging clinically node-negative breast cancer. However, ALND remains standard management of the axilla when a tumor-positive sentinel lymph node is identified.Methods: We identified 460 patients with breast cancer (clinically T1/T2N0M0 from the database for 1999–2004. Patient age ranged from 26 to 81 (median 50 years. Patients who underwent mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery with or without ALND were compared for regional recurrence, disease-free survival, and overall survival.Results: Patients with ALND (n = 308 were compared with the no ALND group (n = 152. Five-year overall survival and disease-free survival were not significantly different between the two groups, while there was a significant difference between them for regional recurrence. Of the 152 patients who did not undergo axillary dissection, four developed ipsilateral axillary disease, most of whom were rescued by delayed axillary dissection. Further, the criterion for identifying lymphedema was used, ie, a 2 cm circumferential change at any measured location. As a result, the incidence of lymphedema in the ALND group was 12.7%, while it was not seen in the non ALND group.Conclusion: There is a possibility that ALND may be omitted for cT1/T2N0M0 breast cancer through a combination of hormone therapy and adjuvant chemotherapy.Keywords: breast cancer, axillary lymph node dissection

  13. Tangential vs. defined radiotherapy in early breast cancer treatment without axillary lymph node dissection. A comparative study

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    Nitsche, Mirko [Zentrum fuer Strahlentherapie und Radioonkologie, Bremen (Germany); Universitaet Kiel, Klinik fuer Strahlentherapie, Karl-Lennert-Krebscentrum, Kiel (Germany); Temme, Nils; Foerster, Manuela; Reible, Michael [Zentrum fuer Strahlentherapie und Radioonkologie, Bremen (Germany); Hermann, Robert Michael [Zentrum fuer Strahlentherapie und Radioonkologie, Bremen (Germany); Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Abteilung Strahlentherapie und Spezielle Onkologie, Hannover (Germany)

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    Recent studies have demonstrated low regional recurrence rates in early-stage breast cancer omitting axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) in patients who have positive nodes in sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND). This finding has triggered an active discussion about the effect of radiotherapy within this approach. The purpose of this study was to analyze the dose distribution in the axilla in standard tangential radiotherapy (SRT) for breast cancer and the effects on normal tissue exposure when anatomic level I-III axillary lymph node areas are included in the tangential radiotherapy field configuration. We prospectively analyzed the dosimetric treatment plans from 51 consecutive women with early-stage breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy. We compared and analyzed the SRT and the defined radiotherapy (DRT) methods for each patient. The clinical target volume (CTV) of SRT included the breast tissue without specific contouring of lymph node areas, whereas the CTV of DRT included the level I-III lymph node areas. We evaluated the dose given in SRT covering the axillary lymph node areas of level I-III as contoured in DRT. The mean V{sub D95} {sub %} of the entire level I-III lymph node area in SRT was 50.28 % (range, 37.31-63.24 %), V{sub D45} {sub Gy} was 70.1 % (54.8-85.4 %), and V{sub D40} {sub Gy} was 83.5 % (72.3-94.8 %). A significant difference was observed between lung dose and heart toxicity in SRT vs. DRT. The V{sub 20} {sub Gy} and V{sub 30} {sub Gy} of the right and the left lung in DRT were significantly higher in DRT than in SRT (p < 0.001). The mean heart dose in SRT was significantly lower (3.93 vs. 4.72 Gy, p = 0.005). We demonstrated a relevant dose exposure of the axilla in SRT that should substantially reduce local recurrences. Furthermore, we demonstrated a significant increase in lung and heart exposure when including the axillary lymph nodes regions in the tangential radiotherapy field set-up. (orig.) [German] Aktuelle Studien zeigen

  14. International multicenter tool to predict the risk of four or more tumor-positive axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer patients with sentinel node macrometastases.

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    Meretoja, Tuomo J; Audisio, R A; Heikkilä, P S; Bori, R; Sejben, I; Regitnig, P; Luschin-Ebengreuth, G; Zgajnar, J; Perhavec, A; Gazic, B; Lázár, G; Takács, T; Kővári, B; Saidan, Z A; Nadeem, R M; Castellano, I; Sapino, A; Bianchi, S; Vezzosi, V; Barranger, E; Lousquy, R; Arisio, R; Foschini, M P; Imoto, S; Kamma, H; Tvedskov, T F; Jensen, M-B; Cserni, G; Leidenius, M H K

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    Recently, many centers have omitted routine axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) after metastatic sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer due to a growing body of literature. However, existing guidelines of adjuvant treatment planning are strongly based on axillary nodal stage. In this study, we aim to develop a novel international multicenter predictive tool to estimate a patient-specific risk of having four or more tumor-positive axillary lymph nodes (ALN) in patients with macrometastatic sentinel node(s) (SN). A series of 675 patients with macrometastatic SN and completion ALND from five European centers were analyzed by logistic regression analysis. A multivariate predictive model was created and validated internally by 367 additional patients and then externally by 760 additional patients from eight different centers. All statistical tests were two-sided. Prevalence of four or more tumor-positive ALN in each center's series (P = 0.010), number of metastatic SNs (P < 0.0001), number of negative SNs (P = 0.003), histological size of the primary tumor (P = 0.020), and extra-capsular extension of SN metastasis (P < 0.0001) were included in the predictive model. The model's area under the receiver operating characteristics curve was 0.766 in the internal validation and 0.774 in external validation. Our novel international multicenter-based predictive tool reliably estimates the risk of four or more axillary metastases after identifying macrometastatic SN(s) in breast cancer. Our tool performs well in internal and external validation, but needs to be further validated in each center before application to clinical use. PMID:23558360

  15. Large Axillary Defect after Lymph Node Dissection Directly Closed by Suturing the Pectoralis Major to the Latissimus Dorsi

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    Full Text Available Summary: In 2009, the Union for International Cancer Control defined lymph node (LN metastasis ≥6 cm in diameter as stage 4 in squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. Lesions from such LNs become ulcerated and infected and bleed without treatment. A 67-year-old man suffered from skin cancer on his right back and a 7-cm-diameter LN metastasis. After axillary LN dissection, a large skin and soft tissue defect was apparent. To rectify the defect, we simply sutured the pectoralis major muscle to the latissimus dorsi muscle and covered the suture with a split-skin mesh graft. After the surgery, the range of motion of the upper limb on the side where surgery was performed remained in good condition.

  16. Effects of postmastectomy radiotherapy on prognosis in different tumor stages of breast cancer patients with positive axillary lymph nodes

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    Miao-Miao Jia; Zhi-Jie Liang; Qin Chen; Ying Zheng; Ling-Mei Li; Xu-Chen Cao

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To explore the effects of postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) on the locoregional failure-free survival (LRFFS) and overall survival (OS) of breast cancer patients under different tumor stages and with one to three positive axillary lymph nodes (ALNs). Methods: We conducted a retrospective review of 527 patients with one to three positive lymph nodes who underwent modiifed radical or partial mastectomy and axillary dissection from January 2000 to December 2002. hTe patients were divided into the T1-T2 N1 and T3-T4 N1 groups. hTe effects of PMRT on the LRFFS and OS of these two patient groups were analyzed using SPSS 19.0, Pearson’s χ2-test, Kaplan-Meier method, and Cox proportional hazard model. Results: For T1-T2 N1 patients, no statistical signiifcance was observed in the effects of PMRT on LRFFS [hazard ratio (HR)=0.726; 95% conifdence interval (CI): 0.233-2.265;P=0.582] and OS (HR=0.914; 95% CI: 0.478-1.745;P=0.784) of the general patients. Extracapsular extension (ECE) and high histological grade were the risk factors for LRFFS and OS with statistical significance in multivariate analysis. Stratification analysis showed that PMRT statistically improved the clinical outcomes in high-risk patients [ECE (+), LRFFS:P=0.026, OS:P=0.007; histological grade III, LRFFS:P Conclusion: PMRT could reduce ECE (+), histological grade III-related LRR, and total mortality of T1-T2 N1 patients. T3-T4 N1 patients with ER/PR (-) could beneift from PMRT by improving LRFFS and OS. However, PMRT could only reduce LRR but failed to improve OS for T3-T4 N1 patients with ER/PR (+) who received endocrine therapy.

  17. Diagnostic accuracy of dual-time-point 18F-FDG PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients

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    Hahn, Steffen; Forsting, Michael [Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Univ. Hospital Essen, Univ. at Duisburg-Essen, Essen (Germany)], e-mail: steffen.hahn@uk-essen.de; Hecktor, Jennifer; Kimmig, Rainer [Dept. of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Univ. Hospital Essen, Univ. at Duisburg-Essen, Essen (Germany); Grabellus, Florian [Institute of Pathology and Neuropathology, Univ. Hospital Essen, Univ. at Duisburg-Essen, Essen (Germany); Hartung, Verena; Poeppel, Thorsten [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Univ. Hospital Essen, Univ. at Duisburg-Essen, Essen (Germany); Antoch, Gerald; Heusner, Till A. [Univ. of Dusseldorf, Medical Faculty, Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Dusseldorf (Germany)

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    Background: The diagnostic accuracy of FDG-PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients acquired 60 min after FDG administration is reported to be only moderate, especially due to low sensitivity. Purpose: To test whether a delayed scan 90 min after FDG administration could enhance the diagnostic accuracy of FDG-PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases. Material and Methods: Thirty-eight women suffering from primary breast cancer (mean age 52 years; range 25-78 years; standard deviation 14 years) underwent a pre-therapeutic dual-time-point FDG-PET/CT scan. The maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of axillary lymph nodes was measured at two different time points (time point T1: 60 min after FDG injection, time point T2: 90 min after FDG injection). SUVmax of axillary lymph nodes at T1 and T2 were assessed for statistical significance using a paired Wilcoxon-Test (P < 0.05). At T1 a qualitative analysis of the FDG-PET/CT scan was performed to define physiologic and metastatic lymph nodes. At T2 an increase of the SUVmax of at least 3.75% over time was rated as indicating malignancy. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and the accuracy of FDG-PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases was calculated at time points T1 and T2. Statistically significant differences were determined using Fisher's exact test (P < 0.05). Histopathology served as the standard of reference. A compartment based analysis was done. Results: Axillary lymph nodes had a mean SUVmax of 1.6 (range 0.6-10.8; SD 1.9) at T1 and a mean SUVmax of 1.8 (range 0.5-17.9; SD 3.5) at T2. This difference was statistically significant (P = 0.047). The sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV, and accuracy of FDG-PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases was 81%, 100%, 100%, 88%, and 92% at T1, and 88%, 50%, 56%, 85%, and 66% at T2, respectively. This

  18. Prediction of axillary lymph node metastasis in primary breast cancer patients using a decision tree-based model

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    Takada Masahiro

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this study was to develop a new data-mining model to predict axillary lymph node (AxLN metastasis in primary breast cancer. To achieve this, we used a decision tree-based prediction method—the alternating decision tree (ADTree. Methods Clinical datasets for primary breast cancer patients who underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy or AxLN dissection without prior treatment were collected from three institutes (institute A, n = 148; institute B, n = 143; institute C, n = 174 and were used for variable selection, model training and external validation, respectively. The models were evaluated using area under the receiver operating characteristics (ROC curve analysis to discriminate node-positive patients from node-negative patients. Results The ADTree model selected 15 of 24 clinicopathological variables in the variable selection dataset. The resulting area under the ROC curve values were 0.770 [95% confidence interval (CI, 0.689–0.850] for the model training dataset and 0.772 (95% CI: 0.689–0.856 for the validation dataset, demonstrating high accuracy and generalization ability of the model. The bootstrap value of the validation dataset was 0.768 (95% CI: 0.763–0.774. Conclusions Our prediction model showed high accuracy for predicting nodal metastasis in patients with breast cancer using commonly recorded clinical variables. Therefore, our model might help oncologists in the decision-making process for primary breast cancer patients before starting treatment.

  19. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

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  20. Lymph node biopsy

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    Biopsy - lymph nodes; Open lymph node biopsy; Fine needle aspiration biopsy; Sentinel lymph node biopsy ... A lymph node biopsy is done in an operating room in a hospital. Or, it is done at an outpatient surgical center. The ...

  1. The value of preoperative ultrasound guided fine-needle aspiration cytology of radiologically suspicious axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer

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    Torill Sauer

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Preoperative ultrasound (US and eventually US-guided fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC of suspicious axillary lymph nodes (ALN is a standard procedure in the work-up of suspicious breast lesions. Preoperative US FNAC may prevent sentinel node biopsy (SNB procedure in 24-30% of patients with early stage breast carcinoma. The aim of this study was to evaluate the institutional results of this preoperative diagnostic procedure. Materials and Methods: A total of 182 cases of preoperative FNAC of suspicious ALN where retrieved from the pathology files. The results were compared with the final histology and staging. False negative (FN FNAC cases were reviewed and possibly missed metastatic cases (2 were immunostained with the epithelial marker AE1/AE3. Results: There were no false positives, whereas 16 cases were FN. In all but one case the FN′s represented sampling error. Half of the 16 FN cases in this series were macrometastases. Discussion: About 83% of the preoperatively aspirated cases were N+, indicating that a radiologically suspicious ALN has a very high risk of being metastatic. Preoperative US guided FNAC from radiologically suspicious ALN is highly efficient in detecting metastases. Depending on national guidelines, a preoperative, positive ALN FNAC might help to stratify the patients as to SNB and/or ALN dissection.

  2. Tattoo pigment in an axillary lymph node simulating metastatic malignant melanoma

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    Jack, CM; Adwani, A; Krishnan, H

    2005-01-01

    We report a case of axillary lymphadenopathy thirty years after a decorative tattoo clinically mimicking metastatic melanoma. The importance of relying on histological confirmation of metastatic disease before altering extent of surgery is discussed. The importance of recording presence of decorative tattoos is stressed.

  3. False-Positive Axillary Lymph Nodes Due to Silicone Adenitis on (18)F-FDG PET/CT in an Oncological Setting.

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    D'hulst, Ludovic; Nicolaij, Daniël; Beels, Laurence; Gheysens, Olivier; Alaerts, Herwig; Van de Wiele, Christophe; Maes, Alex

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    The case of a 49-year-old transgender individual with a history of bilateral silicone breast implants and a right lung mass proven by biopsy to be a non-small cell lung cancer is presented. In addition to the primary malignancy, a positron emission tomography/computed tomography scan showed contralateral hypermetabolic adenopathy in the left axilla that was suggestive of nodal metastatic disease. Additional imaging and histological examination of the lymph nodes indicated silicone breast implant leakage and silicone adenitis as the underlying cause of the hypermetabolic axillary lymph node. PMID:26776866

  4. Physiotherapeutic stimulation: Early prevention of lymphedema following axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer treatment

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    SARRI, ALMIR JOSÉ; MORIGUCHI, SONIA MARTA; DIAS, ROGÉRIO; PERES, STELA VERZINHASSE; DA SILVA, EDUARDO TINÓIS; KOGA, KÁTIA HIROMOTO; ZUCCA MATTHES, ÂNGELO GUSTAVO; dos Santos, Marcelo José; da Rocha, Euclides Timóteo; Haikel, Raphael Luiz

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to confirm the effectiveness of early physiotherapeutic stimulation for lymphatic flow progression in patients with breast cancer undergoing axillary dissection. This was a randomized experimental study on 22 patients who underwent lymphoscintigraphy in their arms on two different occasions, firstly without stimulation and secondly after randomization into two groups: without physiotherapeutic stimulation (WOPS; n=10) and with physiotherapeutic stimulation (WPS; n=12...

  5. A case of recurrent metastasis in the supraclavicular and axillary lymph nodes and vertebrae following irradiation and paclitaxel plus bevacizumab administration

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    A 48-year-old woman with invasive ductal carcinoma of the left breast underwent breast-conserving surgery and axillary dissection; 19 months after surgery, she developed local recurrence. Subsequently, she underwent mastectomy and received endocrine therapy and chemotherapy. At 47 years of age, she developed pleural metastasis, which directly invaded the vertebrae as well as the right supraclavicular and right axillary lymph nodes. In addition, liver metastasis was observed. To avoid acute transverse myelopathy, the patient received radiation therapy to the vertebrae and the right supraclavicular and right axillary lymph nodes followed by paclitaxel plus bevacizumab administration. After 2 courses of paclitaxel plus bevacizumab, we observed a remarkable shrinkage of the vertebral tumor, and skin necrosis was observed in the right supraclavicular and right axillary region; in contrast, the liver metastasis had increased in size. After discontinuation of the combination therapy, the patient died of blood loss from the axillary skin defect. This wound healing complication might have arisen because of the synergistic effects of paclitaxel plus bevacizumab and irradiation. (author)

  6. Fine-Needle Aspirates CYFRA 21-1 is a Useful Tumor Marker for Detecting Axillary Lymph Node Metastasis in Breast Cancer Patients

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    Jung Hyun Yoon; Kyung Hwa Han; Eun-Kyung Kim; Hee Jung Moon; Min Jung Kim; Young Joo Suh; Ji Soo Choi; Byeong-Woo Park

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    INTRODUCTION: To assess whether the value of CYFRA21-1 in the aspirates of ultrasonography-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (US-FNAB) can contribute to improving the performances of US-FNAB in the diagnosis of axillary lymph node (LN) metastasis in breast cancer patients. METHODS: US-FNAB was performed in 156 axillary LNs in 152 breast cancer patients (mean age: 51.4 years, range: 17-92 years). Concentrations of CYFRA21-1 were measured from washouts of the syringe used during US-FNAB. Tum...

  7. Role of axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with pure ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast

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    Capitanio Giovanni

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sentinel lymph node (SLN biopsy is an effective tool for axillary staging in patients with invasive breast cancer. This procedure has been recently proposed as part of the treatment for patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS, because cases of undetected invasive foci and nodal metastases occasionally occur. However, the indications for SLN biopsy in DCIS patients are controversial. The aim of the present study was therefore to assess the incidence of SLN metastases in a series of patients with a diagnosis of pure DCIS. Methods A retrospective evaluation was made of a series of 102 patients who underwent SLN biopsy, and had a final histologic diagnosis of pure DCIS. Patients with microinvasion were excluded from the analysis. The patients were operated on in five Institutions between 1999 and 2004. Subdermal or subareolar injection of 30–50 MBq of 99 m-Tc colloidal albumin was used for SLN identification. All sentinel nodes were evaluated with serial sectioning, haematoxylin and eosin staining, and immunohistochemical analysis for cytocheratin. Results Only one patient (0.98% was SLN positive. The primary tumour was a small micropapillary intermediate-grade DCIS and the SLN harboured a micrometastasis. At pathologic revision of the specimen, no detectable focus of microinvasion was found. Conclusion Our findings indicate that SLN metastases in pure DCIS are a very rare occurrence. SLN biopsy should not therefore be routinely performed in patients who undergo resection for DCIS. SLN mapping can be performed, as a second operation, in cases in which an invasive component is identified in the specimen. Only DCIS patients who require a mastectomy should have SLN biopsy performed at the time of breast operation, since in these cases subsequent node mapping is not feasible.

  8. Role of axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with pure ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast

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    Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy is an effective tool for axillary staging in patients with invasive breast cancer. This procedure has been recently proposed as part of the treatment for patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), because cases of undetected invasive foci and nodal metastases occasionally occur. However, the indications for SLN biopsy in DCIS patients are controversial. The aim of the present study was therefore to assess the incidence of SLN metastases in a series of patients with a diagnosis of pure DCIS. A retrospective evaluation was made of a series of 102 patients who underwent SLN biopsy, and had a final histologic diagnosis of pure DCIS. Patients with microinvasion were excluded from the analysis. The patients were operated on in five Institutions between 1999 and 2004. Subdermal or subareolar injection of 30–50 MBq of 99 m-Tc colloidal albumin was used for SLN identification. All sentinel nodes were evaluated with serial sectioning, haematoxylin and eosin staining, and immunohistochemical analysis for cytocheratin. Only one patient (0.98%) was SLN positive. The primary tumour was a small micropapillary intermediate-grade DCIS and the SLN harboured a micrometastasis. At pathologic revision of the specimen, no detectable focus of microinvasion was found. Our findings indicate that SLN metastases in pure DCIS are a very rare occurrence. SLN biopsy should not therefore be routinely performed in patients who undergo resection for DCIS. SLN mapping can be performed, as a second operation, in cases in which an invasive component is identified in the specimen. Only DCIS patients who require a mastectomy should have SLN biopsy performed at the time of breast operation, since in these cases subsequent node mapping is not feasible

  9. Linfonodo sentinela intramamário comprometido e axila livre: esvaziamento axilar ou conduta conservadora? Intramammary lymph node sentinel metastasis without metastasis in axilla: axillary lymph node dissection or conservative surgery?

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    René Aloisio da Costa Vieira

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available A pesquisa do linfonodo sentinela constitui tratamento padrão para pacientes portadoras de câncer de mama e axila clinicamente negativa. A presença do linfonodo sentinela (LS extra-axilar e intramamário (IM ocorre em até 2,6% dos casos, e na presença do LS IM metastático, a positividade axilar pode alcançar até 81%. Na associação do LS IM metastático ao LS axilar não metastático, não há conduta padronizada, visto um limitado número de casos descritos. Adicionamos dois casos à literatura, observando, em um deles, a presença de doença metastática axilar na linfadenectomia complementar. A utilização de nomograma demonstrou que o risco de doença metastática axilar era inferior a 10%, e a adição destes casos à literatura mostrou que, nesta situação, a taxa de doença metastática axilar é de 6,25%. Discutimos os prós e contras da linfadenectomia axilar complementar nesta situação.The sentinel lymph node biopsy is a standard treatment for patients with breast cancer and clinically negative axilla lymph node. The presence of an extra-axillary and intra-axillary (IM sentinel lymph node (SLN occurs in up to 2.6% of cases. In the presence of a metastatic IM SLN, axillary positivity may occur in up to 81% of cases. Due to the limited number of cases reported, there is no standard treatment for the association of metastatic SLN IM and non-metastatic axillary SLN . We add here two cases to the literature, one of them with metastatic disease in the axilla. The use of a nomogram demonstrated that the risk of axillary metastasis was less than 10% and the addition of these cases to the literature showed that in this situation the rate of axillary metastasis is 6.25%. We discuss the pros and cons of further axillary dissection in this situation.

  10. Linfonodo sentinela intramamário comprometido e axila livre: esvaziamento axilar ou conduta conservadora? Intramammary lymph node sentinel metastasis without metastasis in axilla: axillary lymph node dissection or conservative surgery?

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    René Aloisio da Costa Vieira

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A pesquisa do linfonodo sentinela constitui tratamento padrão para pacientes portadoras de câncer de mama e axila clinicamente negativa. A presença do linfonodo sentinela (LS extra-axilar e intramamário (IM ocorre em até 2,6% dos casos, e na presença do LS IM metastático, a positividade axilar pode alcançar até 81%. Na associação do LS IM metastático ao LS axilar não metastático, não há conduta padronizada, visto um limitado número de casos descritos. Adicionamos dois casos à literatura, observando, em um deles, a presença de doença metastática axilar na linfadenectomia complementar. A utilização de nomograma demonstrou que o risco de doença metastática axilar era inferior a 10%, e a adição destes casos à literatura mostrou que, nesta situação, a taxa de doença metastática axilar é de 6,25%. Discutimos os prós e contras da linfadenectomia axilar complementar nesta situação.The sentinel lymph node biopsy is a standard treatment for patients with breast cancer and clinically negative axilla lymph node. The presence of an extra-axillary and intra-axillary (IM sentinel lymph node (SLN occurs in up to 2.6% of cases. In the presence of a metastatic IM SLN, axillary positivity may occur in up to 81% of cases. Due to the limited number of cases reported, there is no standard treatment for the association of metastatic SLN IM and non-metastatic axillary SLN . We add here two cases to the literature, one of them with metastatic disease in the axilla. The use of a nomogram demonstrated that the risk of axillary metastasis was less than 10% and the addition of these cases to the literature showed that in this situation the rate of axillary metastasis is 6.25%. We discuss the pros and cons of further axillary dissection in this situation.

  11. Partial axillary lymph node dissection inferior to the intercostobrachial nerves complements sentinel node biopsy in patients with clinically node-negative breast cancer

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    Li, Jianyi; Jia, Shi; Zhang, Wenhai; QIU, FANG; Zhang, Yang; Gu, XI; Xue, Jinqi

    2015-01-01

    Background The practice of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in China varies to that in western developed countries. With the unavailability of radioactive tracer technique for sentinel lymph nodes biopsy (SLNB), using blue dye alone has been the only option in China. Also, the diagnosis of breast malignant tumor in most Chinese centres heavily relies on intraoperative instant frozen histology which is normally followed by sentinel lymph nodes mapping, SLNB and the potential breast and ax...

  12. Contouring Guidelines for the Axillary Lymph Nodes for the Delivery of Radiation Therapy in Breast Cancer: Evaluation of the RTOG Breast Cancer Atlas

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    Gentile, Michelle S. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois (United States); Usman, Asad A.; Neuschler, Erin I. [Department of Radiology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois (United States); Sathiaseelan, Vythialinga; Hayes, John P. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois (United States); Small, William, E-mail: WMSMALL@lumc.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois (United States)

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the axillary lymph nodes on pretreatment diagnostic computed tomography (CT) of the chest to determine their position relative to the anatomic axillary borders as defined by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) breast cancer atlas for radiation therapy planning. Methods and Materials: Pretreatment diagnostic CT chest scans available for 30 breast cancer patients with clinically involved lymph nodes were fused with simulation CT. Contouring of axillary levels I, II, and III according to the RTOG guidelines was performed. Measurements were made from the area of distal tumor to the anatomic borders in 6 dimensions for each level. Results: Of the 30 patients, 100%, 93%, and 37% had clinical involvement of levels I, II, and III, respectively. The mean number of lymph nodes dissected was 13.6. The mean size of the largest lymph node was 2.4 cm. Extracapsular extension was seen in 23% of patients. In 97% of patients, an aspect of the involved lymph node lay outside of the anatomic border of a level. In 80% and 83% of patients, tumor extension was seen outside the cranial (1.78 ± 1.0 cm; range, 0.28-3.58 cm) and anterior (1.27 ± 0.92 cm; range, 0.24-3.58 cm) borders of level I, respectively. In 80% of patients, tumor extension was seen outside the caudal border of level II (1.36 ± 1.0 cm, range, 0.27-3.86 cm), and 0% to 33% of patients had tumor extension outside the remaining borders of all levels. Conclusions: To cover 95% of lymph nodes at the cranial and anterior borders of level I, an additional clinical target volume margin of 3.78 cm and 3.11 cm, respectively, is necessary. The RTOG guidelines may be insufficient for coverage of axillary disease in patients with clinical nodal involvement who are undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy, incomplete axillary dissection, or treatment with intensity modulated radiation therapy. In patients with pretreatment diagnostic CT chest scans, fusion with

  13. Contouring Guidelines for the Axillary Lymph Nodes for the Delivery of Radiation Therapy in Breast Cancer: Evaluation of the RTOG Breast Cancer Atlas

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the axillary lymph nodes on pretreatment diagnostic computed tomography (CT) of the chest to determine their position relative to the anatomic axillary borders as defined by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) breast cancer atlas for radiation therapy planning. Methods and Materials: Pretreatment diagnostic CT chest scans available for 30 breast cancer patients with clinically involved lymph nodes were fused with simulation CT. Contouring of axillary levels I, II, and III according to the RTOG guidelines was performed. Measurements were made from the area of distal tumor to the anatomic borders in 6 dimensions for each level. Results: Of the 30 patients, 100%, 93%, and 37% had clinical involvement of levels I, II, and III, respectively. The mean number of lymph nodes dissected was 13.6. The mean size of the largest lymph node was 2.4 cm. Extracapsular extension was seen in 23% of patients. In 97% of patients, an aspect of the involved lymph node lay outside of the anatomic border of a level. In 80% and 83% of patients, tumor extension was seen outside the cranial (1.78 ± 1.0 cm; range, 0.28-3.58 cm) and anterior (1.27 ± 0.92 cm; range, 0.24-3.58 cm) borders of level I, respectively. In 80% of patients, tumor extension was seen outside the caudal border of level II (1.36 ± 1.0 cm, range, 0.27-3.86 cm), and 0% to 33% of patients had tumor extension outside the remaining borders of all levels. Conclusions: To cover 95% of lymph nodes at the cranial and anterior borders of level I, an additional clinical target volume margin of 3.78 cm and 3.11 cm, respectively, is necessary. The RTOG guidelines may be insufficient for coverage of axillary disease in patients with clinical nodal involvement who are undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy, incomplete axillary dissection, or treatment with intensity modulated radiation therapy. In patients with pretreatment diagnostic CT chest scans, fusion with

  14. PRIMARY NONKERATINIZING SQUAMOUS CARCINOMA OF BREAST WITH IPSILATERAL AXILLARY LYMPH NODE METASTASIS: A CASE REPORT

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    Full Text Available Primary squamous carcinoma is a rare type of metaplastic carcinoma of the breast, incidence being less than 0.1% of all breast carcinomas. The non-keratinizing variant can mimic several rare types of breast carcinomas, prognosis and therapeutic modalities of which are dissimilar. Histopathological examination is gold standard in diagnosing these tumors. Accurate diagnosis employing special stains and immunohistochemistry is mandatory as they are triple negative unlike infiltrating ductal carcinoma NOS, and have aggressive course, poor prognosis and distinctive treatment modalities. Other unique features include less frequent axillary nodal metastasis and necessity to rule out metastatic squamous carcinomas to the breast from other primary sites in these patients. We present a 60 years old lady with a hard lump in the left breast, with no significant past history. Physical examination was suggestive of carcinoma of breast with axillary lymphadenopathy. Histopathological examination revealed squamous carcinoma of breast positive for p63 and cytokeratin (CK 5/6. Her chest X-ray, abdominal ultrasonography, oral cavity, laryngobronchoscopy, cystoscopy and cervical Pap smears were unremarkable ruling out the possibility of primary squamous tumor in other common organs

  15. Characterization of internodal collecting lymphatic vessel function after surgical removal of an axillary lymph node in mice.

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    Kwon, Sunkuk; Price, Roger E

    2016-04-01

    Secondary lymphedema is an acquired lymphatic disorder, which occurs because of damage to the lymphatic system from surgery and/or radiation therapy for cancer treatment. However, it remains unknown how post-nodal collecting lymphatic vessels (CLVs) draining to the surgical wound area change in response to lymphadenectomy. We investigated functional and architectural changes of inguinal-to-axillary internodal CLVs (ICLVs) in mice after a single axillary LN (ALN) dissection using near-infrared fluorescence imaging. Our data showed no lymph flow in the ICLVs draining from the inguinal LN (ILN) at 2 days post-surgery. External compression enabled visualization of a small segment of contractile fluorescent ICLVs, but not all the way to the axillary region. At day 6, abnormal lymphatic drainage patterns, including lateral and retrograde lymph flow via vessels branching off the ICLVs were observed, which started to disappear beginning 9 days after surgery. The administration of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C into the wound increased resolution of altered lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage from the base of the tail to the ILN did not significantly change over time. These results demonstrate that lymph flow in the CLVs is dramatically affected by a LN dissection and long-term interruption of lymph flow might cause CLV dysfunction and thus contribute to chronic lymphatic disorders. PMID:27446639

  16. HER2 expression in fine needle aspirates of lymph nodes detected by preoperative axillary ultrasound in breast cancer patients.

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to assess the usefulness of HER2 levels in ultrasonographically guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (US-FNA aspirates of axillary lymph nodes (ALNs in the determination of lymph node metastasis or the characterization of primary breast cancer, and to correlate the HER2 levels in US-FNA aspirates (FNA-HER2s of metastatic ALNs with the HER2 statuses of corresponding primary breast cancers. An institutional review board approved the study. Between January and October 2010, 164 patients with 167 ALNs examined by US-FNA were included. FNA-HER2s of ALNs were measured by chemiluminescence immunoassay, and they were correlated with cytologic/final diagnoses. Receiver operating characteristics (ROC curve analysis was performed to evaluate the diagnostic ability to differentiate benign and metastatic ALNs. Additionally, FNA-HER2s of metastatic ALNs were correlated with HER2 status and other clinicopathologic variables of the primary breast cancers. Among the 167 ALNs, 138 were metastatic and 29 were benign. The mean FNA-HER2 (6.3 ng/ml of metastatic ALNs was higher than that of benign ALNs. All 29 benign ALNs showed no measurable value of FNA-HER2 (0.0 ng/ml. The area under the ROC curves of FNA-HER2 of ALNs was 0.679 for the diagnosis of ALN metastasis. The FNA-HER2 statuses of 108 metastatic ALNs (79.4% were concordant with the HER2 statuses of the corresponding primary breast cancers. In a subgroup analysis of HER2-positive cancers with ALN metastasis, distant metastasis was significantly associated with FNA-HER2-negativity of metastatic ALNs (P = 0.04. Although FNA-HER2 of ALNs did not improve the diagnostic performance of FNA cytology in preoperative diagnosis of ALN metastasis of overall patients, FNA-HER2-positive metastatic ALNs were significantly associated with HER2-positivity of primary breast cancers. Additionally, FNA-HER2 analysis of ALN may help to develop more personalized treatment protocol for breast

  17. Effects of postmastectomy radiotherapy on prognosis in different tumor stages of breast cancer patients with positive axillary lymph nodes

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    To explore the effects of postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) on the locoregional failure-free survival (LRFFS) and overall survival (OS) of breast cancer patients under different tumor stages and with one to three positive axillary lymph nodes (ALNs). We conducted a retrospective review of 527 patients with one to three positive lymph nodes who underwent modified radical or partial mastectomy and axillary dissection from January 2000 to December 2002. The patients were divided into the T1-T2 N1 and T3-T4 N1 groups. The effects of PMRT on the LRFFS and OS of these two patient groups were analyzed using SPSS 19.0, Pearson’s χ2-test, Kaplan-Meier method, and Cox proportional hazard model. For T1-T2 N1 patients, no statistical significance was observed in the effects of PMRT on LRFFS [hazard ratio (HR)=0.726; 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.233-2.265; P=0.582] and OS (HR=0.914; 95% CI: 0.478-1.745; P=0.784) of the general patients. Extracapsular extension (ECE) and high histological grade were the risk factors for LRFFS and OS with statistical significance in multivariate analysis. Stratification analysis showed that PMRT statistically improved the clinical outcomes in high-risk patients [ECE (+), LRFFS: P=0.026, OS: P=0.007; histological grade III, LRFFS: P<0.001, OS: P=0.007] but not in low-risk patients [ECE (–), LRFFS: P=0.987, OS: P=0.502; histological grade I-II, LRFFS: P=0.816, OS: P=0.296]. For T3-T4 N1 patients, PMRT effectively improved the local control (HR=0.089; 95% CI: 0.210-0.378; P=0.001) of the general patients, whereas no statistical effect was observed on OS (HR=1.251; 95% CI: 0.597-2.622; P=0.552). Absence of estrogen receptors and progesterone receptors (ER/PR) (–) was an independent risk factor. Further stratification analysis indicated a statistical difference in LRFFS and OS between the high-risk patients with ER/PR (–) receiving PMRT and not receiving PMRT [ER/PR (–), LRFFS: P=0.046, OS: P=0.039]. However, PMRT had a beneficial

  18. CT-Guided Wire Localization for Involved Axillary Lymph Nodes After Neo-adjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients With Initially Node-Positive Breast Cancer.

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    Trinh, Long; Miyake, Kanae K; Dirbas, Frederick M; Kothary, Nishita; Horst, Kathleen C; Lipson, Jafi A; Carpenter, Catherine; Thompson, Atalie C; Ikeda, Debra M

    2016-07-01

    Resection of biopsy-proven involved axillary lymph nodes (iALNs) is important to reduce the false-negative rates of sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy after neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) in patients with initially node-positive breast cancer. Preoperative wire localization for iALNs marked with clips placed during biopsy is a technique that may help the removal of iALNs after NAC. However, ultrasound (US)-guided localization is often difficult because the clips cannot always be reliably visible on US. Computed tomography (CT)-guided wire localization can be used; however, to date there have been no reports on CT-guided wire localization for iALNs. The aim of this study was to describe a series of patients who received CT-guided wire localization for iALN removal after NAC and to evaluate the feasibility of this technique. We retrospectively analyzed five women with initially node-positive breast cancer (age, 41-52 years) who were scheduled for SLN biopsy after NAC and received preoperative CT-guided wire localization for iALNs. CT visualized all the clips that were not identified on post-NAC US. The wire tip was deployed beyond or at the target, with the shortest distance between the wire and the index clip ranging from 0 to 2.5 mm. The total procedure time was 21-38 minutes with good patient tolerance and no complications. In four of five cases, CT wire localization aided in identification and resection of iALNs that were not identified with lymphatic mapping. Residual nodal disease was confirmed in two cases: both had residual disease in wire-localized lymph nodes in addition to SLNs. Although further studies with more cases are required, our results suggest that CT-guided wire localization for iALNs is a feasible technique that facilitates identification and removal of the iALNs as part of SLN biopsy after NAC in situations where US localization is unsuccessful. PMID:27061012

  19. Cytological and Pathological Correlation of FNAC in Assessing Breast Lumps and Axillary Lymph Node Swellings in a Public Sector Hospital in India

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    Full Text Available Background. Breast lumps have varied pathology, and there are different techniques to prove the diagnosis. The aim of the present study is to analyze the role of fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC of the breast lesions at our center. Methods. We had retrospectively analysed 854 patients who underwent FNAC for primary breast lumps and 190 patients who underwent FNAC for an axillary lymph node in the year 2010. Results. Of 854 patients, histological correlation was available in 723 patients. The analysis was done for 812 patients as medical records were not available for 42 patients. FNAC was false negative in seven cases; 2 cases of phyllodes were reported as fibroadenoma, and 5 cases of carcinoma were diagnosed as atypical hyperplasia. The sensitivity, specificity, and false negative value of FNAC in diagnosing breast lumps were 99% (715/723, 100%, and 1%, respectively. Of 190 patients for whom FNAC was performed for axilla, 170 had proven to have axillary lymph node metastases, and the rest had reactive hyperplasia or inflammatory cells. Conclusions. FNAC is rapid, accurate, outpatient based, and less complicated procedure and helps in diagnosis of breast cancer, benign diseases, and axillary involvement in experienced hands with less chance of false results.

  20. Impact of axillary nodal metastases on lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node identification rate in patients with early stage breast cancer

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    Pelosi, Ettore [Ospedale S. Giovanni Battista, S.C.D.U. Medicina Nucleare 2, Turin (Italy); Universita Torino, Dottorato di Ricerca Radioimmunolocalizzazione dei Tumori Umani, Turin (Italy); Ala, Ada; Bussone, Riccardo [Ospedale S. Giovanni Battista, Reparto di Chirurgia Oncologica 10, Turin (Italy); Bello, Marilena; Douroukas, Anastasios; Varetto, Teresio [Ospedale S. Giovanni Battista, S.C.D.U. Medicina Nucleare 2, Turin (Italy); Migliaretti, Giuseppe [Universita di Torino, Dipartimento di Sanita Pubblica e Microbiologia, Turin (Italy); Berardengo, Ester [Ospedale S. Giovanni Battista, Servizio di Anatomia Patologica 4, Turin (Italy); Bisi, Gianni [Ospedale S. Giovanni Battista, S.C.D.U. Medicina Nucleare 2, Turin (Italy); Universita di Torino, Dipartimento di Medicina Interna, SCDU Medicina Nucleare 2, Turin (Italy)

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    The aim of this study was to define the impact of the presence of axillary nodal metastases on lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node (SLN) identification rate in patients with early breast cancer. Two hundred and forty-six lymphatic mapping procedures were performed with both labelled nanocolloid and blue dye, followed by SLN biopsy and/or complete axillary dissection. The following parameters were recorded: patient's age, tumour laterality and location, tumour size, tumour histology, tumour stage, tumour grade, lymphovascular invasion, radiotracer injection site (subdermal-peritumoural/peri-areolar), SLN visualisation at lymphoscintigraphy, SLN metastases (presence/absence, size) and other axillary metastases (presence/absence, number). Discriminant analysis was used to analyse the data. SLNs were identified by labelled nanocolloid alone in 94.7% of tumours, by blue dye alone in 93.5% and by the combined technique in 99.2%. Discriminant analysis showed the gamma probe SLN identification rate to be significantly limited by the presence of axillary nodal metastases. In particular, the size of SLN metastases and the number of other axillary metastases were the most important variables in reducing the gamma probe SLN identification rate (p=0.004 and p=0.002, respectively). On the other hand, high tumour grade was the only parameter limiting the blue dye SLN identification rate. The accuracy of lymphatic mapping with labelled nanocolloid is limited by the presence of axillary nodal metastases, and particularly by the degree of SLN tumoural invasion and the presence and number of other axillary nodal metastases. Neither of these elements seems to interfere with the blue dye identification rate. The combination of the two tracers maximises the SLN identification rate. (orig.)

  1. Impact of axillary nodal metastases on lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node identification rate in patients with early stage breast cancer

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    The aim of this study was to define the impact of the presence of axillary nodal metastases on lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node (SLN) identification rate in patients with early breast cancer. Two hundred and forty-six lymphatic mapping procedures were performed with both labelled nanocolloid and blue dye, followed by SLN biopsy and/or complete axillary dissection. The following parameters were recorded: patient's age, tumour laterality and location, tumour size, tumour histology, tumour stage, tumour grade, lymphovascular invasion, radiotracer injection site (subdermal-peritumoural/peri-areolar), SLN visualisation at lymphoscintigraphy, SLN metastases (presence/absence, size) and other axillary metastases (presence/absence, number). Discriminant analysis was used to analyse the data. SLNs were identified by labelled nanocolloid alone in 94.7% of tumours, by blue dye alone in 93.5% and by the combined technique in 99.2%. Discriminant analysis showed the gamma probe SLN identification rate to be significantly limited by the presence of axillary nodal metastases. In particular, the size of SLN metastases and the number of other axillary metastases were the most important variables in reducing the gamma probe SLN identification rate (p=0.004 and p=0.002, respectively). On the other hand, high tumour grade was the only parameter limiting the blue dye SLN identification rate. The accuracy of lymphatic mapping with labelled nanocolloid is limited by the presence of axillary nodal metastases, and particularly by the degree of SLN tumoural invasion and the presence and number of other axillary nodal metastases. Neither of these elements seems to interfere with the blue dye identification rate. The combination of the two tracers maximises the SLN identification rate. (orig.)

  2. A Multicenter-based phase II study on the safety of sentinel lymph node biopsy for primary breast cancer without clinical axillary lymph node metastases

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    Recently, sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) has become a standard procedure in early breast cancer treatment worldwide, with the same trend in Japan. However, Tc99m-thin colloid, Tc99m-Stannous phytate, Indocyanine green (ICG), and Indigocarmine, which are commonly used as tracers in Japan, are not covered by health insurance in the country. Therefore, a large cohort study was conducted to confirm the identification rate and safety of SNB using these drugs. Among cases resistered from Mar. 2008 to Nov. 2008, the identification rate using both radioisotope (RI) and dye was 98.6%, compared with 97.10% employing the single dye method. There were cases of Grade I (0.06%) adverse events, but no grade III and IV events. Therefore, SNB using the above 4 drugs was safely performed, and the identification rate was preferable for screening. Several controversial issues regarding SNB will also be investigated in a future study. (author)

  3. Using Tc-99m MIBI scintimammography to differentiate nodular lesions in breast and detect axillary lymph node metastases from breast cancer

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    王景; 吴华; 周健; 胡健

    2003-01-01

    Objective To test the clinical value of using Tc-99m MIBI scintimammography (Tc-99m MIBI SMM) to differentiate nodular lesions in breasts and detect axillary lymph node metastases of breast cancer. Methods The subjects consisted of sixty female patients exhibiting unilateral palpable breast mass. The early and delay static acquisitions were undertaken in all subjects at 10 and 90 min after injection with Tc-99m MIBI. The acquisition included three positions: anterior supine, left lateral prone and right lateral prone. A special device for SMM which was developed by our laboratory was used. The ratio of [(T-B)/(NT-B)] was calculated as radioactivity of mass to that of opposite corresponding tissue, and [(T-B)/(NT-B)]≥1.21 was used as the cut-off for semi-quantitative discrimination of malignancy from benignity in semi-quantitative analysis. The final diagnosis was obtained from histology examination in all subjects. Results Using Tc-99m MIBI SMM to differentiate between nodular lesions in breasts, the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity were 92.9% and 90.6% respectively, the positive predictive value 89.7%, the negative predictive value 93.5%, and the accuracy 91.7%. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and accuracy obtained with Tc-99m MIBI SMM for detecting axillary lymph node metastases were 83.3%, 86.1%, 80%, 88.6% and 85% respectively. Conclusions It is suggested that Tc-99m MIBI SMM may be not only valuable in differentiating malignant lesions from benign nodular masses of breast, but also helpful in detecting axillary lymph node metastases of breast cancer.

  4. Fine-Needle Aspirate CYFRA 21-1, an Innovative New Marker for Diagnosis of Axillary Lymph Node Metastasis in Breast Cancer Patients

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    Abstract To compare the value of cytokeratin fragment 21-1 (CYFRA 21-1) concentration in the fine-needle biopsy aspirates (fine needle aspirate [FNA] CYFRA 21-1) with cytopathology of fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNA cytology) and to assess whether CYFRA 21-1 concentrations from ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (US-FNAB) specimens (FNA CYFRA 21-1) is not inferior to FNA cytology in the diagnosis of axillary lymph node (ALN) metastasis of breast cancer patients. This study rec...

  5. Ultrasound elastography as an adjuvant to conventional ultrasound in the preoperative assessment of axillary lymph nodes in suspected breast cancer: A pilot study

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    Taylor, K., E-mail: kathryn.taylor@addenbrookes.nhs.uk [Department of Radiology, Cambridge Breast Unit, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge (United Kingdom); O' Keeffe, S.; Britton, P.D.; Wallis, M.G. [Department of Radiology, Cambridge Breast Unit, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Treece, G.M.; Housden, J. [Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Parashar, D.; Bond, S. [Cambridge Cancer Trials Centre, Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Cambridge Hub in Trials Methodology Research, MRC Biostatics Unit, University Forvie Site, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Sinnatamby, R. [Department of Radiology, Cambridge Breast Unit, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge (United Kingdom)

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    Aims: To compare the performance of ultrasound elastography with conventional ultrasound in the assessment of axillary lymph nodes in suspected breast cancer and whether ultrasound elastography as an adjunct to conventional ultrasound can increase the sensitivity of conventional ultrasound used alone. Materials and methods: Fifty symptomatic women with a sonographic suspicion for breast cancer underwent ultrasound elastography of the ipsilateral axilla concurrent with conventional ultrasound being performed as part of triple assessment. Elastograms were visually scored, strain measurements calculated and node area and perimeter measurements taken. Theoretical biopsy cut points were selected. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive values (NPV) were calculated and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed and compared for elastograms and conventional ultrasound images with surgical histology as the reference standard. Results: The mean age of the women was 57 years. Twenty-nine out of 50 of the nodes were histologically negative on surgical histology and 21 were positive. The sensitivity, specificity, PPV, and NPV for conventional ultrasound were 76, 78, 70, and 81%, respectively; 90, 86, 83, and 93%, respectively, for visual ultrasound elastography; and for strain scoring, 100, 48, 58 and 100%, respectively. There was no significant difference between any of the node measurements Conclusions: Initial experience with ultrasound elastography of axillary lymph nodes, showed that it is more sensitive than conventional ultrasound in detecting abnormal nodes in the axilla in cases of suspected breast cancer. The specificity remained acceptable and ultrasound elastography used as an adjunct to conventional ultrasound has the potential to improve the performance of conventional ultrasound alone.

  6. Multiple levels paravertebral block versus morphine patient-controlled analgesia for postoperative analgesia following breast cancer surgery with unilateral lumpectomy, and axillary lymph nodes dissection

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    Fallatah, Summayah; Mousa, WF

    2016-01-01

    Background: Postoperative pain after breast cancer surgery is not uncommon. Narcotic based analgesia is commonly used for postoperative pain management. However, the side-effects and complications of systemic narcotics is a significant disadvantage. Different locoregional anesthetic techniques have been tried including, single and multiple levels paravertebral block (PVB), which seems to have a significant reduction in immediate postoperative pain with fewer side-effects. The aim of this study was to compare unilateral multiple level PVB versus morphine patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) for pain relief after breast cancer surgery with unilateral lumpectomy and axillary lymph nodes dissection. Materials and Methods: Forty patients scheduled for breast cancer surgery were randomized to receive either preoperative unilateral multiple injections PVB at five thoracic dermatomes (group P, 20 patients) or postoperative intravenous PCA with morphine (group M, 20 patients) for postoperative pain control. Numerical pain scale, mean arterial pressure, heart rate, Time to first analgesic demand, 24-h morphine consumption side-effects and length of hospital stay were recorded. Results: PVB resulted in a significantly more postoperative analgesia, maintained hemodynamic, more significant reduction in nausea and vomiting, and shorter hospital stay compared with PCA patients. Conclusion: Multiple levels PVB is an effective regional anesthetic technique for postoperative pain management, it provides superior analgesia with less narcotics consumption, and fewer side-effects compared with PCA morphine for patients with breast cancer who undergo unilateral lumpectomy, with axillary lymph nodes dissection. PMID:26955304

  7. Multiple levels paravertebral block versus morphine patient-controlled analgesia for postoperative analgesia following breast cancer surgery with unilateral lumpectomy, and axillary lymph nodes dissection

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    Summayah Fallatah

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Postoperative pain after breast cancer surgery is not uncommon. Narcotic based analgesia is commonly used for postoperative pain management. However, the side-effects and complications of systemic narcotics is a significant disadvantage. Different locoregional anesthetic techniques have been tried including, single and multiple levels paravertebral block (PVB, which seems to have a significant reduction in immediate postoperative pain with fewer side-effects. The aim of this study was to compare unilateral multiple level PVB versus morphine patient-controlled analgesia (PCA for pain relief after breast cancer surgery with unilateral lumpectomy and axillary lymph nodes dissection. Materials and Methods: Forty patients scheduled for breast cancer surgery were randomized to receive either preoperative unilateral multiple injections PVB at five thoracic dermatomes (group P, 20 patients or postoperative intravenous PCA with morphine (group M, 20 patients for postoperative pain control. Numerical pain scale, mean arterial pressure, heart rate, Time to first analgesic demand, 24-h morphine consumption side-effects and length of hospital stay were recorded. Results: PVB resulted in a significantly more postoperative analgesia, maintained hemodynamic, more significant reduction in nausea and vomiting, and shorter hospital stay compared with PCA patients. Conclusion: Multiple levels PVB is an effective regional anesthetic technique for postoperative pain management, it provides superior analgesia with less narcotics consumption, and fewer side-effects compared with PCA morphine for patients with breast cancer who undergo unilateral lumpectomy, with axillary lymph nodes dissection.

  8. Early diagnosis of lymph node metastasis: Importance of intranodal pressures.

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    Miura, Yoshinobu; Mikada, Mamoru; Ouchi, Tomoki; Horie, Sachiko; Takeda, Kazu; Yamaki, Teppei; Sakamoto, Maya; Mori, Shiro; Kodama, Tetsuya

    2016-03-01

    Regional lymph node status is an important prognostic indicator of tumor aggressiveness. However, early diagnosis of metastasis using intranodal pressure, at a stage when lymph node size has not changed significantly, has not been investigated. Here, we use an MXH10/Mo-lpr/lpr mouse model of lymph node metastasis to show that intranodal pressure increases in both the subiliac lymph node and proper axillary lymph node, which are connected by lymphatic vessels, when tumor cells are injected into the subiliac lymph node to induce metastasis to the proper axillary lymph node. We found that intranodal pressure in the subiliac lymph node increased at the stage when metastasis was detected by in vivo bioluminescence, but when proper axillary lymph node volume (measured by high-frequency ultrasound imaging) had not increased significantly. Intravenously injected liposomes, encapsulating indocyanine green, were detected in solid tumors by in vivo bioluminescence, but not in the proper axillary lymph node. Basic blood vessel and lymphatic channel structures were maintained in the proper axillary lymph node, although sinus histiocytosis was detected. These results show that intranodal pressure in the proper axillary lymph node increases at early stages when metastatic tumor cells have not fully proliferated. Intranodal pressure may be a useful parameter for facilitating early diagnosis of lymph node metastasis. PMID:26716604

  9. The clinical significance of axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy in different clinical stages breast cancer patients after neoadjuvant chemotherapy

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    Juan Xu; Xinhong Wu; Yaojun Feng; Feng Yuan; Wei Fan

    2013-01-01

    Objective:We aimed to study the success and false negative rate of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in dif-ferent clinical stages breast cancer patients being carried out with neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC), and the clinical signifi-cance of SLNB, we conducting this trial. Methods:One hunderd and thirty-seven cases were enrol ed in this clinical research from March 2003 to March 2007. Al of the patients’ sentinel lymph nodes were detected with 99mTc-Dx and methylene blue. There were 61 patients with stage T1-2N0M0 carried SLNB without NAC (group A), 76 cases were carried out NAC 3-4 cycles before SLNB, including 39 T2-4N0-1M0 cases (group B) and 27 T2-4N2-3M0 cases (group C). The success and false negative rate of SLNB were analysed with chi-square test. Results:In group A, the successful and false negative rate of SLNB were 92.31%(36/39), 8.57%(3/35), and in group B and C were 92.31%(36/39), 8.57%(3/35) and 74.07%(20/27), 18.52%(5/27), respectively. The successful rate of group C decreased and false negative rate increased significantly compared with group A and B (P0.05). Conclusion:The SLNB can accurately predict lymph node status of axil ary lymph node in N0-1 stage patients with NAC, but in N2-3 stage patients the success rate decreased and false rate increased negative significantly.

  10. Computed tomography image of the mediastinal and axillary lymph nodes in clinically sound Rottweilers Imagem por tomografia computadorizada dos linfonodos axilares e mediastinais de cães rottweilers clinicamente saudáveis

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    Ana Carolina B. Fonseca Pinto; Elisângela Aneli; Andreza C. Patara; Carla A.B. Lorigados; Gabriela Paola R. Banon; Claudia Figueiredo

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    Trough computed tomography (CT), it is possible to evaluate lymph nodes in detail and to detect changes in these structures earlier than with radiographs and ultrasound. Lack of information in the veterinary literature directed the focus of this report to normal aspects of the axillary and mediastinal lymph nodes of adult dogs on CT imaging. A CT scan of 15 normal adult male and female Rottweilers was done. To define them as clinically sound, anamnesis, physical examination, complete blood co...

  11. Sentinel lymph node after intramammary injection of superparamagnetic iron oxide

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate enhancement (signal loss) of the axillary lymph nodes on MR lymphography after intramammary injection of superparamagnetic iron oxide (Ferumoxides) for detection of the sentinel lymph node. MR lymphography was performed in a total of 11 patients with breast cancer without palpable axillary lymph node swelling before operation. Coronal and axial images were obtained before and after intramammary injection of 1.5 ml Ferumoxides adjacent to the breast tumor. In all patients, decreased intensity was recognized in the axillary lymph nodes. MR lymphography could detect the sentinel lymph node with its decreased signal intensity 20 minutes after the intramammary injection of Ferumoxides. (author)

  12. Non-invasive imaging modalities for preoperative axillary lymph node staging in patients with breast cancer; Nichtinvasive bildgebende Verfahren zum praeoperativen axillaeren Lymphknotenstaging beim Mammakarzinom

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    Wasser, K.; Schnitzer, A.; Schoenberg, S.O. [Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie und Nuklearmedizin, Mannheim (Germany); Brade, J. [Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, Institut fuer Medizinische Statistik, Mannheim (Germany)

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    In the last decade sentinel lymph node biopsy has become a well-established method for axillary lymph node staging in patients with breast cancer. Using preoperative imaging modalities it can be tested whether patients are suitable for sentinel node biopsy or if they should directly undergo an axillary dissection. The imaging modalities used must be mainly characterized by a high positive predictive value (PPV). For this question B-mode ultrasound is the best evaluated method and provides clear morphological signs for a high PPV (>90%) but the sensitivity barely exceeds 50%. It has not yet been proven whether other modalities such as duplex sonography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography (CT) or scintigraphy might achieve a higher sensitivity while still maintaining a high PPV. There is only some evidence that positron emission tomography (PET) might achieve a higher sensitivity. This should be confirmed by further studies because PET or PET/CT will play an increasing role for an initial whole body staging in patients with breast cancer in the near future. (orig.) [German] Die Waechterlymphknotenbiopsie hat sich in den letzten 10 Jahren fuer das axillaere Lymphknotenstaging des Mammakarzinoms fest etabliert. Durch praeoperative bildgebende Verfahren kann getestet werden, ob sich Patientinnen fuer eine Waechterlymphknotenbiopsie eignen oder direkt einer axillaeren Dissektion unterzogen werden sollten. Diese bildgebenden Verfahren muessen sich in erster Linie durch einen hohen positiven Vorhersagewert (PVW) auszeichnen. Die B-Bild-Sonographie ist diesbezueglich bisher am besten evaluiert. Sie liefert eindeutige morphologische Kriterien fuer einen hohen PVW (>90%). Die Sensitivitaet liegt dabei allerdings kaum ueber 50%. Bisher ist nicht erwiesen, dass andere Verfahren wie die Duplexsonographie, die MRT, die CT oder Szintigraphie eine bessere Sensitivitaet bei hohem PVW liefern. Lediglich fuer die Positronenemissionstomographie (PET) bestehen Hinweise

  13. Hypofractionated irradiation of infra-supraclavicular lymph nodes after axillary dissection in patients with breast cancer post-conservative surgery: impact on late toxicity

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    The aim of the present work was to analyse the impact of mild hypofractionated radiotherapy (RT) of infra-supraclavicular lymph nodes after axillary dissection on late toxicity. From 2007 to 2012, 100 females affected by breast cancer (pT1- T4, pN1-3, pMx) were treated with conservative surgery, Axillary Node Dissection (AND) and loco-regional radiotherapy (whole breast plus infra-supraclavicular fossa). Axillary lymph nodes metastases were confirmed in all women. The median age at diagnosis was 60 years (range 34–83). Tumors were classified according to molecular characteristics: luminal-A 59 pts (59 %), luminal-B 24 pts (24 %), basal-like 10 pts (10 %), Her-2 like 7 pts (7 %). 82 pts (82 %) received hormonal therapy, 9 pts (9 %) neo-adjuvant chemotherapy, 81pts (81 %) adjuvant chemotherapy. All patients received a mild hypofractionated RT: 46 Gy in 20 fractions 4 times a week to whole breast and infra-supraclavicular fossa plus an additional weekly dose of 1,2 Gy to the lumpectomy area. The disease control and treatment related toxicity were analysed in follow-up visits. The extent of lymphedema was analysed by experts in Oncological Rehabilitation. Within a median follow-up of 50 months (range 19–82), 6 (6 %) pts died, 1 pt (1 %) had local progression disease, 2 pts (2 %) developed distant metastasis and 1 subject (1 %) presented both. In all patients the acute toxicity was mainly represented by erythema and patchy moist desquamation. At the end of radiotherapy 27 pts (27 %) presented lymphedema, but only 10 cases (10 %) seemed to be correlated to radiotherapy. None of the patients showed a severe damage to the brachial plexus, and the described cases of paresthesias could not definitely be attributed to RT. We did not observe symptomatic pneumonitis. Irradiation of infra-supraclavicular nodes with a mild hypofractionated schedule can be a safe and effective treatment without evidence of a significant increase of lymphedema appearance radiotherapy related

  14. Feasibility of telecytopathology for rapid preliminary diagnosis of ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of axillary lymph nodes in a remote breast care center

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    Kamal K Khurana

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: In the recent years, the advances in digital methods in pathology have resulted in the use of telecytology in the immediate assessment of fine needle aspiration (FNA specimens. However, there is a need for organ-based and body site-specific studies on the use of telecytology for the immediate assessment of FNA to evaluate its pitfalls and limitations. We present our experience with the use of telecytology for on-site evaluation of ultrasound-guided FNA (USG-FNA of axillary lymph nodes in a remote breast care center. Materials and Methods: Real-time images of Diff-Quik-stained cytology smears were obtained with an Olympus digital camera attached to an Olympus CX41 microscope and transmitted via ethernet by a cytotechnologist to a pathologist who rendered preliminary diagnosis while communicating with the on-site cytotechnologist over the Vocera system. The accuracy of the preliminary diagnosis was compared with the final diagnosis, retrospectively. Results: A total of 39 female patients (mean age: 50.5 years seen at the breast care center underwent USG-FNA of 44 axillary nodes. Preliminary diagnoses of benign, suspicious/malignant, and unsatisfactory were 41, 52, and 7%, respectively. Only one of the 23 cases that were initially interpreted as benign was reclassified as suspicious on final cytologic diagnosis. Seventeen of 18 suspicious/malignant cases on initial cytology corresponded with a malignant diagnosis on final cytology. One suspicious case was reclassified as benign on final cytologic diagnosis. All unsatisfactory cases remained inadequate for final cytologic interpretation. The presence of additional material in the cell block and interpretative error were the main reasons for discrepancy, accounting for the two discrepant cases. Conclusions: This retrospective study demonstrates that the on-site telecytology evaluation of USG-FNA of axillary lymph nodes in patients at a remote breast care center was highly accurate

  15. Topography of the major superficial lymph nodes and their efferent lymph pathways in the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus).

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    The koala has an inguinoaxillary lymph trunk on either side of the ventral midline, and this carries efferent lymph from the superficial inguinal lymph node directly to the deep axillary lymph node. The superficial lymph nodes are large and soft compared with those of the domestic species, and each lymph centre usually contains only one or two large lymph nodes. Koalas have a rostral mandibular lymph node which has not been described in other species, but lack popliteal and subiliac lymph nod...

  16. Cervical lymph nodes

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    Mack, Martin G. [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Frankfurt, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt/Main (Germany)], E-mail: martinmack@arcor.de; Rieger, Joerg [Department of Maxillo-Facial Surgery, University Hospital Frankfurt am Main, Theodor Stern Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt/Main (Germany); Baghi, Mehran [Department of ENT Surgery, University Hospital Frankfurt am Main, Theodor Stern Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt/Main (Germany); Bisdas, Sotirios; Vogl, Thomas J. [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Frankfurt, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt/Main (Germany)

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    The lymph node staging is a very important prognostic parameter for patients with presenting with head neck cancer and is influencing the selection of the different therapeutic strategies including surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or a combination of them. The accuracy of imaging techniques, such as US, MR imaging, and CT, depends on the appropriateness of radiological criteria used for diagnosing lymph node metastases. Size of nodes and evidence of necrosis are still the most important radiological criteria. However, the size shows great variability. A spherical lymph node larger than 10 mm is an indicator for a malignant node, whereas an oval shape and/or a fatty hilus are more benign signs. But there are many limitations and different cut offs published in the literature, indicating that the size of a lymph node is not a reliable criteria for the assessment of lymph nodes in the head and neck region. Today new high-resolution MRI sequences and the development of specific contrast agents are offering new possibilities in the diagnostic work-up of head and neck lymph nodes. Ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide particles (USPIO's) are resulting after intravenous application in a reduction of the T2 relaxation time. This is causing a signal decrease on T2-weighted MR images in benign lymph nodes after administration of USPIO's, whereas malignant lymph nodes do not show a significant signal decrease. Some clinical studies presented already very promising results. Based on the fact, that the size evaluation of lymph nodes in the head and neck has not changed during the last decade, this paper will mainly focus on MRI with new contrast agents and new techniques as diffusion weighted imaging (DWI)

  17. Axillary lymph node characterization in breast cancer patients using magnetic resonance mammography: A prospective comparative study with FDG PET-CT and healthy women

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    Krammer, J., E-mail: Julia.Krammer@medma.uni-heidelberg.de; Wasser, K.; Schnitzer, A.; Henzler, T.; Schoenberg, S.O.; Kaiser, C.G.

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    Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the capability of dynamic contrast enhanced MR-mammography (MRM) for the interpretation of axillary lymph nodes (LNs) in patients with breast cancer. Material and methods: 25 patients with breast cancer preoperatively underwent both FDG positron emission computed tomography (PET-CT) and dynamic contrast enhanced MRM. The maximum signal increase (SI{sub max}) and curve shape (types I–III) of contrast enhanced LNs ≥0.5 cm (short-axis) were analyzed in MRM and correlated to the maximum standard uptake value (SUV{sub max}) of FDG PET-CT. 29 healthy women with MRM served as control group. Enhancement kinetics of all malignant LNs were compared to LN findings of the healthy control group. Results: Overall 33 contrast enhanced LNs on preoperative MRM had a corresponding FDG uptake on PET-CT. 30 of the PET positive LNs were classified as surely malignant (mean SUV{sub max} 7.3 (±5.4)). The mean SI{sub max} of these LNs was not significantly different to the control group (222% vs 197%), but malignant LNs had a significantly higher rate of type III curves with rapid washout (93% vs 66%, p = 0.008). Conclusion: The maximum signal increase is not capable of differentiating malignant from benign axillary LNs. However, since malignant LNs showed a higher frequency of rapid washout curves (type III curves) on corresponding MRM future studies should concentrate on the analysis of this parameter. In clinical routine the curve shape still should be taken with care as there is a high overlap with benign LNs.

  18. Axillary lymph node characterization in breast cancer patients using magnetic resonance mammography: A prospective comparative study with FDG PET-CT and healthy women

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    Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the capability of dynamic contrast enhanced MR-mammography (MRM) for the interpretation of axillary lymph nodes (LNs) in patients with breast cancer. Material and methods: 25 patients with breast cancer preoperatively underwent both FDG positron emission computed tomography (PET-CT) and dynamic contrast enhanced MRM. The maximum signal increase (SImax) and curve shape (types I–III) of contrast enhanced LNs ≥0.5 cm (short-axis) were analyzed in MRM and correlated to the maximum standard uptake value (SUVmax) of FDG PET-CT. 29 healthy women with MRM served as control group. Enhancement kinetics of all malignant LNs were compared to LN findings of the healthy control group. Results: Overall 33 contrast enhanced LNs on preoperative MRM had a corresponding FDG uptake on PET-CT. 30 of the PET positive LNs were classified as surely malignant (mean SUVmax 7.3 (±5.4)). The mean SImax of these LNs was not significantly different to the control group (222% vs 197%), but malignant LNs had a significantly higher rate of type III curves with rapid washout (93% vs 66%, p = 0.008). Conclusion: The maximum signal increase is not capable of differentiating malignant from benign axillary LNs. However, since malignant LNs showed a higher frequency of rapid washout curves (type III curves) on corresponding MRM future studies should concentrate on the analysis of this parameter. In clinical routine the curve shape still should be taken with care as there is a high overlap with benign LNs

  19. The Prognostic Significance of a Combined Determination of Cathepsin D and Estrogen Receptors in Breast Carcinomas with Positive Axillary Lymph Nodes

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    Yun Niu; Xue Yang; Yu Fan; Ajuan Lü; Tieju Liu; Xilin Fu

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between cathepsin D (Cath-D) and estrogen receptor (ER)expression in breast cancer tissue and to explore the prognostic significance of their combined determination in breast carcinoma patients with positive axillary lymph nodes. METHODS One hundred and thirty-eight cases of breast carcinoma were examined by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and the results relating to patient follow-up analyzed.RESULTS The overall 5-year disease-free survival rate (DFS) was 60.9% (84/138) in the series. The positive rate of Cath-D expression in the tumor cells was 55.07% and the positive ER staining was 51.4%. A definite significant negative correlation was found between the positive rates for Cath-D and ER (r=-0.294, P=0.001) The Cath-D expression for the cases in clinical Stage Ⅱ, ≥10 positive-node and recurrence or distant metastasis, was higher than that those cases in clinical Stage Ⅱ with fewer node-metastasis and with 5 year DFS (χ2=13.926, P=0.000;χ2=13.070, P=0.001; χ2=10.545, P=0.001). However, there was no significant difference of Cath-D expression between 2 groups of patients with different ages or among the different histopathologic types of the nonspecific invasive carcinoma. In the combined examination of Cath-D and ER, the cases that were ER (+) and Cath-D (-) had the highest 5-year DFS compared to other situations. In contrast, the cases that were reversed in expression, ie, ER(-) and Cath-D(+), had a lower 5-year DFS.There was a significant difference between the 2 conditions (χ2=18.675,P=0.000).CONCLUSION A combined determination and analysis of Cath-D and ER expression may be more useful to establish a prognosis than the biological characteristics of carcinomas with positive lymph nodes.

  20. Lymph node culture

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    Culture - lymph node ... or viruses grow. This process is called a culture. Sometimes, special stains are also used to identify specific cells or microorganisms before culture results are available. If needle aspiration does not ...

  1. Fine-needle aspirates CYFRA 21-1 is a useful tumor marker for detecting axillary lymph node metastasis in breast cancer patients.

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    Jung Hyun Yoon

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: To assess whether the value of CYFRA21-1 in the aspirates of ultrasonography-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (US-FNAB can contribute to improving the performances of US-FNAB in the diagnosis of axillary lymph node (LN metastasis in breast cancer patients. METHODS: US-FNAB was performed in 156 axillary LNs in 152 breast cancer patients (mean age: 51.4 years, range: 17-92 years. Concentrations of CYFRA21-1 were measured from washouts of the syringe used during US-FNAB. Tumor marker concentrations, US-FNAB, intraoperative sentinel node biopsy (SNB, and surgical pathology results were reviewed and analyzed. For comparison, the values of CEA and CA15-3 were also measured from washouts. RESULTS: Among the 156 LNs, 75 (48.1% were benign, and 81 (51.9% were metastases. Mean concentrations of CYFRA21-1 were significantly higher in metastasis compared to benign LNs (P<0.001. US-FNAB combined to CYFRA21-1 showed significantly higher sensitivity, NPV, and accuracy compared to US-FNAB alone (all values P<0.05. All diagnostic indices of US-FNAB combined to CYFRA21-1 were significantly higher compared to US-FNAB combined with CEA or CA15-3 (all P<0.001. Of the 28 metastatic LNs which showed metastasis on SNB, CYFRA21-1 showed higher positive rate of 75.0% (CEA or CA15-3∶60.7%, P = 0.076. CONCLUSION: Measuring CYFRA 21-1 concentrations from US-FNAB aspirates improves sensitivity, NPV, and accuracy of US-FNAB alone, and may contribute to reducing up to 75.0% of unnecessary intraoperative SNB. Compared to CEA or CA15-3, CYFRA21-1 shows significantly higher performances when combined to US-FNAB in the preoperative diagnosis of LN metastasis in breast cancer patients.

  2. Locoregional recurrence risk factors in breast cancer patients with positive axillary lymph nodes and the impact of postmastectomy radiotherapy

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    Locoregional recurrence (LRR) after mastectomy reduces the patient's quality of life and survival. There is a consensus that postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) helps establish locoregional control and reduces LRR in patients with ≥4 metastatic nodes. However, in patients with 1-3 metastatic nodes, the incidence of LRR and the role of PMRT have been the subject of substantial controversy. This study assessed the risk factors for LRR and the efficacy of PMRT in Japanese breast cancer patients with metastatic nodes. This study analyzed 789 cases of invasive breast carcinoma with metastatic nodes from 1998 to 2008. We divided the study population into 4 groups: 1-3 positive nodes with/without chemotherapy and ≥4 positive nodes with/without chemotherapy. Risk factors for LRR were identified and the relationship between LRR and PMRT was analyzed. During the median follow-up of 59.6 months, 61 (7.7%) patients experienced LRR. In patients who received chemotherapy, independent LRR risk factors were high nuclear grade, severe lymphatic invasion, vascular invasion, and progesterone receptor-negative status in patients with 1-3 positive nodes, and severe lymphatic invasion and estrogen receptor-negative status in patients with ≥4 nodes. Although patients treated with PMRT had good outcomes, there was no significant difference, and PMRT did not significantly improve the outcome of the patients with all risk factors. With systemic therapy and adequate dissection, PMRT by itself was of limited value in establishing locoregional control. The indication for PMRT in patients with 1-3 positive nodes remains controversial. (author)

  3. Lipoxygenase mediates invasion of intrametastatic lymphatic vessels and propagates lymph node metastasis of human mammary carcinoma xenografts in mouse

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    Kerjaschki, Dontscho; Bago-Horvath, Zsuzsanna; Rudas, Margaretha; Sexl, Veronika; Schneckenleithner, Christine; Wolbank, Susanne; Bartel, Gregor; Krieger, Sigurd; Kalt, Romana; Hantusch, Brigitte; Keller, Thomas; Nagy-Bojarszky, Katalin; Huttary, Nicole; Raab, Ingrid; Lackner, Karin

    2011-01-01

    In individuals with mammary carcinoma, the most relevant prognostic predictor of distant organ metastasis and clinical outcome is the status of axillary lymph node metastasis. Metastases form initially in axillary sentinel lymph nodes and progress via connecting lymphatic vessels into postsentinel lymph nodes. However, the mechanisms of consecutive lymph node colonization are unknown. Through the analysis of human mammary carcinomas and their matching axillary lymph nodes, we show here that i...

  4. Clinical analysis of liposuction for preventing lymphatic fluid leakage after axillary lymph nodes dissection in breast cancer%脂肪溶解液预防乳腺癌术后淋巴漏的临床效果分析

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    张珂; 钱军; 金鑫; 喻大军; 陈邦领

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    目的::探讨脂肪溶解液辅助腋窝淋巴结清扫对乳腺癌术后淋巴漏发生率的影响。方法:行乳腺癌改良根治术患者86例,其中常规行乳腺癌改良根治术清扫腋窝淋巴结的52例为对照组,术中加用脂肪溶解液辅助腋窝淋巴结清扫的34例为观察组。比较2组术后3d引流管引流量、腋窝引流管留置时间、皮下积液的发生率。结果:观察组术后第2天、第3天引流量和腋窝引流管留置时间均较对照组明显减少(P<0.01),皮下积液的发生率低于对照组(P<0.05)。结论:乳腺癌改良根治术中使用脂肪溶解液辅助腋窝淋巴结清扫可以预防术后淋巴漏的发生。%Objective:To investigate the effect of postoperative lymphatic fluid leakage after the axillary lymph nodes dissection by liposuction. Methods:Eighty-six breast cancer patients were included in this study,which were divided into two groups,the patients with dissection of axillary lymph nodes by liposuction ( n=34 ) were in observation group, and the patients with traditional axillary lymph node dissection( n=52 ) were in control group. The draining volume in the postoperative 3 days, draining time and the incidence of subcutaneous fluid were compared between the two groups. Results:The postoperative drainage volume and drainage time in the second day and the third day in observation group were less than in control group(P <0. 01). The incidence of subcutaneous fluid in observation group was lower than that in control group(P<0. 05). Conclusions:The axillary lymph nodes dissection by liposuction can reduce the incidence of postoperative lymphatic leakage,it can be applied widely in axillary lymph nodes dissection in breast cancer.

  5. Adding MRI to ultrasound and ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration reduces the false-negative rate of axillary lymph node metastasis diagnosis in breast cancer patients

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    Aim: To evaluate whether adding magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to ultrasound (US) and US-guided fine-needle aspiration (US-FNA) can reduce the false-negative rate (FNR) in the diagnosis of axillary lymph node metastasis (ALNM) in breast cancer patients, and to assess false-negative diagnosis of N2 and N3 disease when adding MRI to US and US-FNA. Materials and methods: From March 2012 to February 2013, 497 breast cancer patients were included in the study. ALNM was evaluated according to US and US-FNA prior to MRI. Second-look US was performed when MRI showed positive findings of ALNM. If second-look US also revealed a positive finding, US-FNA was performed. Diagnostic performance, including FNR, was calculated for US and US-FNA with and without MRI. The negative predictive value (NPV) of N2 and N3 disease was evaluated in negative cases based on US and US-FNA with MRI. Results: A total of 159 of 497 (32.0%) patients were found to have ALNM. Among them, 92 patients were diagnosed with metastasis on US and US-FNA. When adding MRI to US and US-FNA, an additional six patients were diagnosed with metastasis. The FNR of diagnosis of ALNM was improved by the addition of MRI (42.1% versus 38.4%, p = 0.0143). The NPV for N2 and N3 disease was 98% (391/399) based on US and US-FNA with MRI. Conclusion: Adding MRI to US and US-FNA could reduce the FNR of the diagnosis of ALNM. Furthermore, US and US-FNA with MRI may exclude 98% of N2 and N3 disease. -- Highlights: •Adding MRI to US and US-guided FNA can reduce the FNR in the diagnosis of axillary nodal metastasis in breast cancer patients. •Preoperative US and US-FNA with MRI can exclude 98.0% of N2 and N3 disease

  6. Study of the optimal threshold for predicting axillary lymph nodes metastasis in women with breast cancer by 18F-FDG PET/CT

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    Objective: The presence of axillary lymph nodes(ALN)metastasis was the most important prognostic factor in women with breast cancer. The ability of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET determining axillary status was argued. The aim of this study was to explore the optimal threshold and ability of semiquantitative analysis to determine axillary status by 18F-FDG PET/CT. Methods: Fifty-six patients with invasive breast cancer who underwent ALN biopsy (ALNB) were divided into 2 groups:positive group (with axillary metastasis), control group(no axillary metastasis).All the patients underwent 18F-FDG PET/CT scanning for their preoperative evaluation. The maximum standardized uptake values of primary tumor (SUV-T) of ALN (SUV-T) and of mirror imaging background of ALN (SUV-T) were measured. The ratio of L/B was calculated (L/B=SUV-L/SUV-B). With the histopathologic standards of reference for each ALN, the optimal threshold of SUV-T, and SUV-L L/B were identified by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. Using the optimal threshold, the sensitivities, specificities, positive predictive values, negative predictive values and accuracies were calculated and compared with pathologic diagnosis (Kappa test was performed), respectively. Results: Of 56 cases,there were 56 breast primary tumors. The average of size was (30 ± 19) mm and SUV-T Was 5.5 ± 3.5. There were 38 cases (68%) in positive group and 18 eases (32%) in control group. The values in positive group[primary tumor size: (36 ± 19) mm, SUV-T (6.3 ± 3.5) ]were higher significantly than control group (t=4.060, P-T). Of all 628 ALN(565 in level I, 49 in level II and 14 in level III)were histopathologic dissected. 182 (29%) ALN were metastasis and 446 (71%) were negative. Only 145 (23%) were found in PET/CT. and of them 116(103, 11 and 2 in level I, II and III, respectively) were metastasis. In level I, the size, SUV-L, L/B of metastasis nodes were higher significantly than benign nodes (t=6.701, 7.020, 1

  7. Value of axillary clearance in the positive sentinel node. It is always necessary?

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    Introduction: The standard treatment in patients with positive sentinel node is complete axillary dissection. Currently it is questioning the need for a complementary axillary dissection in all cases, since most non-sentinel nodes were negative for metastasis and being also determining the node Sentinel therapeutic and estadificadora procedure that allows us to direct a suitable adjuvant. Objective: To evaluate the usefulness of complementary axillary dissection in cases of metastatic sentinel node in the patients operated by the Gynecologic Oncology Unit of the Hospital Center Pereira Rossell (CHPR). Methodology: Observational descriptive study. Patients: Patients operated in succession from August 2008 to June 2010 in the CHPR, who presented positive intraoperative sentinel node study and the final pathology, which was conducted complementary axillary clearance. Methods: sentinel node technique with periareolar radiotracer injection. predictors of commitment is valued metastatic non-sentinel axillary node as tumor size, multifocality, type of metastasis (macro / micrometastases), resection of metastatic non-sentinel nodes resected and histological type. RESULTS: Of the 173 cases of breast that the technique of sentinel lymph node cancer was conducted 54 study presented ganglion positive sentinel in which axillary dissection was performed. Of these only 12 had nodal metastases Sentry (22%). 78% of post positive axillary sentinel lymph node dissection were negative. As prognostic factors: Size: In 27 cases with tumors of 20 mm or less with positive sentinel node, there were 4 cases of emptying with metastatic axillary nodes (15%), whereas in tumors larger than 20 mm (27 cases) presented 8 cases metastatic non-sentinel axillary nodes (30%). No less tumor 15mm (11 cases) had commitment non-sentinel lymph. Multifocality: The multifocal tumors (8casos) had metastatic axillary sentinel no commitment on 4 cases (50%) in unifocal (46 cases) there were 8 cases (17%). Macro

  8. The value of delayed {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT imaging for differentiating axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer

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    Ji, Young Sik; Son, Ju Cheol [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Dongnam Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences Cancer Center, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Park, Cheol Woo [Dept. of Radiological Technology Dong-Eui Institute of Technology, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

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    Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging with fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) have been used as a powerful fusion modality in nuclear medicine not only for detecting cancer but also for staging and therapy monitoring. Nevertheless, there are various causes of FDG uptake in normal and/or benign tissues. The purpose of present study was to investigate whether additional delayed imaging can improve the diagnosis to differentiate the rates of FDG uptake at axillary lymph nodes (ALN) between malignant and benign in breast cancer patients. 180 PET/CT images were obtained for 27 patients with ALN uptake. The patients who had radiotherapy and chemotherapy were excluded from the study. {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT scan at 50 min (early phase) and 90 min (delayed phase) after {sup 18}F-FDG injection were included in this retrospective study. The staging of cancers was confirmed by final clinical according to radiologic follow-up and pathologic findings. The standardized uptake value (SUV) of ALN was measured at the Syngo Acquisition Workplace by Siemens. The 27 patients included 18 malignant and 9 ALN benign groups and the 18 malignant groups were classified into the 3 groups according to number of metastatic ALN in each patient. ALNs were categorized less than or equal 3 as N1, between 4 to 9 as N2 and more than 10 as N3 group. Results are expressed as the mean ± standard deviation (S.D.) and statistically analyzed by SPSS. As a result, Retention index (RI-SUV max) in metastasis was significantly higher than that in non-metastasis about 5 fold increased. On the other hand, RI-SUV max in N group tended to decrease gradually from N1 to N3. However, we could not prove significance statistically in malignant group with ANOVA. As a consequence, RI-SUV max was good indicator for differentiating ALN positive group from node negative group in breast cancer patients. These results show that dual-time-point scan appears to be useful in distinguishing malignant from benign.

  9. The role of sentinel lymph-node biopsy (SLNB) in the treatment of breast cancer.

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    Marrazzo, Antonio; Taormina, Pietra; David, Massimo; Casà, Luigi; Lo Gerfo, Domenico; Noto, Antonio; Riili, Ignazio; Ficola, Umberto; Russo, Leila

    2006-01-01

    Sentinel lymph-node biopsy is an innovative method for axillary staging in breast cancer patients, based on the concept that information about the status of the entire lymphatic drainage from a tumour site could be obtained by identification and sampling of a "sentinel node". The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of sentinel lymph-node biopsy in the management of patients with early invasive breast carcinoma. Three hundred and forty-one patients with primary invasive breast carcinoma measuring less than 2 cm (less than 3 cm from January 2001) and clinically negative axillary nodes were recruited into the study. Sentinel lymph-nodes were positive for metastases in 108/341 cases (31.7%). Micrometastases were found in 22 patients and isolated tumour cells in 1 case. The mean number of sentinel lymph-nodes removed was 1.8 per patient. The sentinel lymph-node was the only positive node in 57 of 108 patients (52.8%). The percentage of axillary recurrence in sentinel lymph-node-negative patients was 0%. The accuracy of sentinel lymph-node biopsy for axillary staging has been confirmed in many studies. Axillary recurrences after sentinel lymph-node biopsy range from 0 to 1.6% in many series, while axillary recurrence after axillary lymph-node dissection is about 0-3%. In our experience we observed no axillary recurrences in 233 patients with sentinel lymph-node biopsy alone, with a median follow-up of 33 months, confirming the accuracy of the procedure, and sentinel lymph-node-negative patients with sentinel lymph-node biopsy alone are no more at risk for axillary recurrences than those undergoing axillary lymph-node dissection. PMID:16845865

  10. Axillary node metastasis from primary ovarian carcinoma

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    Trupti S Patel

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Metastasization and distinction from mammary carcinoma is of great clinical importance because of different treatment modalities. Here, we discuss a case of stage IIIC ovarian serous carcinoma, presenting with bilateral axillary nodes metastasis after 25 months interval of its initial presentation. Increased serum CA-125 level caused clinical suspicion. Computed tomography scan of abdomen and pelvis showed no residual disease or any abdominal lymphadenopathy. Mammography of both breast were normal. Bilateral axillary nodes were noted. Guided fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC and biopsy of ovarian carcinoma to axillary node is a rare event. Its recogn done. Cytomorphology revealed poorly differentiated carcinoma, compatible to that of primary ovarian tumor. Thus, metastatic carcinoma to axillary node from ovary was confirmed. This case illustrates a rare metastatic presentation of ovarian carcinoma and unequivocal role of FNAC to provide rapid diagnosis and preferred to be first line diagnostic procedure.

  11. Evaluation of sentinel lymph node biopsy in clinically node-negative breast cancer

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    In patients with clinically node-negative breast cancer, diagnosed with palpation and several types of imaging examination, sentinel lymph nodes accurately predict the status of the other axillary nodes, which determine the nature of subsequent adjuvant treatment. In addition, compared with axillary lymph node dissection, sentinel-node biopsy results in less postoperative morbidity, including pain, numbness, swelling, and reduced mobility in the ipsilateral arm. We analyzed the validity of the sentinel node biopsy procedure using dual-agent injection of blue dye and radioactive colloid performed in our hospital from May 2006 through March 2010. A total of 258 breasts of 253 patients were studied. Simultaneous axillary lymph node dissection was performed only if rapid intraoperative diagnosis identified metastasis in sentinel lymph nodes. The identification rate, accuracy, provisional false-negative rate, which was calculated with data from all 65 patients whose sentinel lymph nodes had metastasis, and axillary recurrence rate of sentinel node biopsy were calculated. The sentinel node identification rate was 99.2%, and the accuracy of sentinel lymph node status was 98.0%. The provisional false-negative rate was 7.7%. During an observation period averaging 24 months, axillary recurrence was observed in only 1 of 256 cases (0.4%), and there were no cases of parasternal recurrence. In patients who underwent sentinel-node biopsy without axillary lymph node dissection, there was no obvious morbidity. Our sentinel-node biopsy procedure yielded satisfactory results, which were not inferior to the results of previous clinical trials. Thus, we conclude our sentinel-node biopsy procedure is feasible. If the efficacy and safety of sentinel-node biopsy are confirmed in several large-scale randomized controlled trials in Europe and the United States, sentinel-node biopsy will become a standard surgical technique in the management of clinically node-negative breast cancer

  12. Early and delayed prediction of axillary lymph node neoadjuvant response by {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT in patients with locally advanced breast cancer

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    Garcia Vicente, Ana Maria; Soriano Castrejon, Angel; Jimenez Londono, German Andres [University General Hospital, Nuclear Medicine Department, Ciudad Real (Spain); Leon Martin, Alberto [University General Hospital, Investigation Unit, Ciudad Real (Spain); Relea Calatayud, Fernanda [University General Hospital, Pathology Department, Ciudad Real (Spain); Munoz Sanchez, Maria del Mar [Virgen de la Luz Hospital, Oncology Department, Cuenca (Spain); Cruz Mora, Miguel Angel [Virgen de la Salud Hospital, Oncology Department, Toledo (Spain); Espinosa Aunion, Ruth [La Mancha Centro Hospital, Oncology Department, Ciudad Real (Spain)

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    To determine the utility of {sup 18}F-FDG (FDG) PET/CT performed in an early and delayed phase during neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the prediction of lymph node histopathological response in patients with locally advanced breast cancer. FDG PET/CT studies performed in 76 patients (mean age 53 years) at baseline (PET-1), after the second course of chemotherapy (PET-2) and after the last course of chemotherapy (PET-3) were prospectively analysed. Inclusion criteria were lymph node involvement detected by PET/CT and non-sentinel node biopsy before or after the baseline PET/CT scan. Following the recommendations of the 12th International Breast Conference (St. Gallen), the patients were divided into five subgroups in relation to biological prognostic factors by immunohistochemistry. For diagnosis visual and semiquantitative analyses was performed. Absence of detectable lymph node uptake on the PET-2 or PET-3 scan with respect to the PET-1 scan was considered metabolic complete response (mCR). Lymph nodes were histopathologically classified according the lymph node regression grade and in response groups as pathological complete response (pCR) or not pCR (type A/D or B/C of the Smith grading system, respectively). ROC analysis was performed to determine a cut-off value of Δ% SUV1-2 and SUV1-3 for prediction of nodal status after chemotherapy. An association between mCR and pCR was found (Cohen's kappa analysis), and associations between phenotypes and metabolic behaviour and the final histopathological status were also found. Lymph node pCR was seen in 34 patients. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of PET-2 and PET-3 in establishing the final status of the axilla after chemotherapy were 52 %, 45 %, 50 % and 47 %, and 33 %, 84 %, 67 % and 56 %, respectively. No significant relationship was observed between mCR on PET-2 and PET-3 and pCR (p = 0.31 and 0.99, respectively). Lymph node metabolism on PET-1 was not able to predict

  13. Early and delayed prediction of axillary lymph node neoadjuvant response by 18F-FDG PET/CT in patients with locally advanced breast cancer

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    To determine the utility of 18F-FDG (FDG) PET/CT performed in an early and delayed phase during neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the prediction of lymph node histopathological response in patients with locally advanced breast cancer. FDG PET/CT studies performed in 76 patients (mean age 53 years) at baseline (PET-1), after the second course of chemotherapy (PET-2) and after the last course of chemotherapy (PET-3) were prospectively analysed. Inclusion criteria were lymph node involvement detected by PET/CT and non-sentinel node biopsy before or after the baseline PET/CT scan. Following the recommendations of the 12th International Breast Conference (St. Gallen), the patients were divided into five subgroups in relation to biological prognostic factors by immunohistochemistry. For diagnosis visual and semiquantitative analyses was performed. Absence of detectable lymph node uptake on the PET-2 or PET-3 scan with respect to the PET-1 scan was considered metabolic complete response (mCR). Lymph nodes were histopathologically classified according the lymph node regression grade and in response groups as pathological complete response (pCR) or not pCR (type A/D or B/C of the Smith grading system, respectively). ROC analysis was performed to determine a cut-off value of Δ% SUV1-2 and SUV1-3 for prediction of nodal status after chemotherapy. An association between mCR and pCR was found (Cohen's kappa analysis), and associations between phenotypes and metabolic behaviour and the final histopathological status were also found. Lymph node pCR was seen in 34 patients. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of PET-2 and PET-3 in establishing the final status of the axilla after chemotherapy were 52 %, 45 %, 50 % and 47 %, and 33 %, 84 %, 67 % and 56 %, respectively. No significant relationship was observed between mCR on PET-2 and PET-3 and pCR (p = 0.31 and 0.99, respectively). Lymph node metabolism on PET-1 was not able to predict the final

  14. Solution to axillary lymph node imaging problems during breast MRI scaning using the body matrix coil%体部线圈解决MRI乳腺扫描中腋窝淋巴结成像问题

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    陈富珍; 钟华; 刘立红

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    目的:探讨体部相控阵线圈(Body matrix Coil)在解决常规M RI乳腺检查中腋窝淋巴结成像问题的价值。方法搜集2011年7月~2013年6月间来我院做M RI乳腺检查患者50例,在使用常规乳腺线圈做乳腺扫描的同时,加盖BODY matrix线圈扫描腋窝部位,观察腋窝淋巴结显示情况及对整个图像质量,诊断结果的影响。结果加盖BODY matrix线圈对常规乳腺扫描图像质量无明显影响,且可以根据需要加做冠状位或横轴位显示双侧腋窝淋巴结,对诊断的价值具有统计学意义。结论利用乳腺线圈加BODY matrix线圈的方法既不影响常规乳腺成像,又可以以不同切面显示双侧腋窝组织,对诊断是否有腋窝淋巴结侵润具有很大价值。%Objective To study the value of body matrix coil in solving axillary lymph node imaging problems during breast MRI scaning .Methods In this work ,50 patients ,who were are reffered for examination in our hospital from July , 2011 to June ,2013 ,simultaneously underwent routine breast MRI scaning as well as the MRI scaning with a body matrix coil placed under armpits .Then ,imaging status of axillary lymph nodes ,the quality of image ,and diagnostic effect were observed .Results The addition of BODY Matrix Coil had no significant effect on image quality of conventional MRI sca‐ning .Also ,MRI scan with BODY Matrix Coil can be performed at coronal position or axial position to show axillary lymph nodes ,which had significant value for the diagnosis .Conclusion Breast MRI scan with Coil and BODY Matrix Coil not only exerts no effect on normal breast imaging ,but also ,displays bilateral armpits in different sections ,which has great value in diagnosing whether or not axillary lymph node invasion occurs .

  15. Risk factors for non-sentionel lymph node metastases in brdeast cancer patients with positive sentionel lymph ondes

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    ZHANG Tao; WANG Hong; CHEN Bao-ping; ZHANG Hai-song; WEI Xi-liang; FU Ying; LI Zhong; HU Geng-kun

    2008-01-01

    @@ The presence or absence of metastases in the axillary lymph nodes has remained the most powerful prognostic factor in breast carcinoma. Axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) is the standard procedure for obtaining this information. However, postoperative complications are common. Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy has been proposed as a potential alternative to ALND for staging breast carcinoma. This technique has been shown to be sensitive and specific for predicting the status of the axillary lymph nodes.1 Furthermore, it has the potential advantage of decreasing the morbidity associated with ALND.

  16. Breast imaging. Preoperative breast cancer staging: comparison of USPIO-enhanced MR imaging and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDC) positron emission tomography (PET) imaging for axillary lymph node staging - initial findings

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    Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging after ultra-small super paramagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) injection and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) for preoperative axillary lymph node staging in patients with breast cancer were evaluated using histopathologic findings as the reference standard. USPIO-enhanced MR and FDG-PET were performed in ten patients with breast cancer who were scheduled for surgery and axillary node resection. T2-weighted fast spin echo, T1-weighted three-dimensional (3D) gradient echo, T2*-weighted gradient echo and gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted 3D gradient echo with spectral fat saturation were evaluated. MR imaging before USPIO infusion was not performed. The results were correlated with FDG-PET (acquired with dedicated PET camera, visual analysis) and histological findings. The histopathologic axillary staging was negative for nodal malignancy in five patients and positive in the remaining five patients. There was one false positive finding for USPIO-enhanced MR and one false negative finding for FDG-PET. A sensitivity (true positive rate) of 100%, specificity (true negative rate) of 80%, positive predictive value of 80%, and negative predictive value of 100% were achieved for USPIO-enhanced MR and of 80%, 100%, 100%, 80% for FDG-PET, respectively. The most useful sequences in the detection of invaded lymph nodes were in the decreasing order: gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted 3D gradient echo with fat saturation, T2*-weighted 2D gradient echo, T1-weighted 3D gradient echo and T2-weighted 2D spin echo. In our study, USPIO-enhanced T1 gradient echo after gadolinium injection and fat saturation emerged as a very useful sequence in the staging of lymph nodes. The combination of USPIO-enhanced MR and FDG-PET achieved 100% sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV. If these results are confirmed, the combination of USPIO MR with FDG-PET has the potential to identify the patient candidates for axillary dissection versus sentinel node

  17. A grid matrix-based Raman spectroscopic method to characterize different cell milieu in biopsied axillary sentinel lymph nodes of breast cancer patients.

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    Som, Dipasree; Tak, Megha; Setia, Mohit; Patil, Asawari; Sengupta, Amit; Chilakapati, C Murali Krishna; Srivastava, Anurag; Parmar, Vani; Nair, Nita; Sarin, Rajiv; Badwe, R

    2016-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy which is based upon inelastic scattering of photons has a potential to emerge as a noninvasive bedside in vivo or ex vivo molecular diagnostic tool. There is a need to improve the sensitivity and predictability of Raman spectroscopy. We developed a grid matrix-based tissue mapping protocol to acquire cellular-specific spectra that also involved digital microscopy for localizing malignant and lymphocytic cells in sentinel lymph node biopsy sample. Biosignals acquired from specific cellular milieu were subjected to an advanced supervised analytical method, i.e., cross-correlation and peak-to-peak ratio in addition to PCA and PC-LDA. We observed decreased spectral intensity as well as shift in the spectral peaks of amides and lipid bands in the completely metastatic (cancer cells) lymph nodes with high cellular density. Spectral library of normal lymphocytes and metastatic cancer cells created using the cellular specific mapping technique can be utilized to create an automated smart diagnostic tool for bench side screening of sampled lymph nodes. Spectral library of normal lymphocytes and metastatic cancer cells created using the cellular specific mapping technique can be utilized to develop an automated smart diagnostic tool for bench side screening of sampled lymph nodes supported by ongoing global research in developing better technology and signal and big data processing algorithms. PMID:26552923

  18. Multivariate Analysis of the Ultrasonic Diagnosis in Axillary Lymph Node Metastasis of Breast Cancer%超声诊断乳腺癌腋窝淋巴结转移的多因素分析

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    金占强; 徐晓红

    2011-01-01

    目的 分析乳腺癌原发病灶与腋窝淋巴结的灰阶及彩色多普勒超声表现,探讨声像表现与腋窝淋巴结转移的相关性.资料与方法 120例乳腺癌患者及其132个腋窝淋巴结,观察原发病灶的血流分布、最大径、数目、微钙化及淋巴结的血流特征、横径/纵径和皮质厚度.采用单因素和logistic多因素回归分析检验观察指标与乳腺癌腋窝淋巴结转移的相关性.结果 单因素分析结果 显示,所有影像学观察指标与LNM有相关性,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).多因素logistic回归分析表明,原发病灶的最大径、数目、丰富血供和淋巴结的皮质厚度、血流分布与LNM有相关性(P<0.05).结论 依据乳腺癌原发病灶和腋窝淋巴结声像图特征评判腋窝淋巴结的性质,具有重要临床意义.%Purpose To analyse the gray-scale and color Doppler ultrasonic features of the primary lesions and axillary lymph node (ALN) of breast cancer and explore the factors related to axillary lymph node metastasis (ALNM) .Materials and methods Grey-scale and color Doppler ultrasound were performed in 120 cases with breast carcinomas who had been detected 132 axillary lymph nodes Blood supply, maximum diameter, micro-calcification as well as the number of lesions were evaluated for the primary cancer; blood flow characteristics, cortical thickness and the transverse to longitudinal diameter ratio were assessed for ALN.. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted to determine the relation between the ultrasonic indicators and ALNM. Results Univariate analysis revealed significant correlation between each ultrasonic feature and axillary lymph node metastasis (P<0.05). The size and number of primary lesion, the abundance of blood supply and blood flow characteristics of lymph node as well as its cortical thickness were proved to be significantly related to ALNM by multivariate logistic regression analysis (P<0

  19. Computed tomography image of the mediastinal and axillary lymph nodes in clinically sound Rottweilers Imagem por tomografia computadorizada dos linfonodos axilares e mediastinais de cães rottweilers clinicamente saudáveis

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    Full Text Available Trough computed tomography (CT, it is possible to evaluate lymph nodes in detail and to detect changes in these structures earlier than with radiographs and ultrasound. Lack of information in the veterinary literature directed the focus of this report to normal aspects of the axillary and mediastinal lymph nodes of adult dogs on CT imaging. A CT scan of 15 normal adult male and female Rottweilers was done. To define them as clinically sound, anamnesis, physical examination, complete blood count, renal and hepatic biochemistry, ECG, and thoracic radiographs were performed. After the intravenous injection of hydrosoluble ionic iodine contrast medium contiguous 10mm in thickness thoracic transverse images were obtained with an axial scanner. In the obtained images mediastinal and axillary lymph nodes were sought and when found measured in their smallest diameter and their attenuation was compared to musculature. Mean and standard deviation of: age, weight, body length and the smallest diameter of the axillary and mediastinal lymph nodes were determined. Mean and standard deviation of parameters: age 3.87±2.03 years, weight 41.13±5.12, and body length 89.61±2.63cm. Axillary lymph nodes were seen in 60% of the animals, mean of the smallest diameter was 3.58mm with a standard deviation of 2.02 and a minimum value of 1mm and a maximum value of 7mm. From 13 observed lymph nodes 61.53% were hypopodense when compared with musculature, and 30.77% were isodense. Mediastinal lymph nodes were identified in 73.33% of the dogs; mean measure of the smallest diameter was 4.71mm with a standard deviation of 2.61mm and a minimum value of 1mm, and a maximum value of 8mm. From 14 observed lymph nodes 85.71% were isodense when compared with musculature and 14.28% were hypodense. The results show that it is possible to visualize axillary and mediastinal lymph nodes in adult clinically sound Rottweilers with CT using a slice thickness and interval of 10mm. The

  20. Can the addition of regional radiotherapy counter-balance important risk factors in breast cancer patients with extracapsular invasion of axillary lymph-node metastases?

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    Purpose: To evaluate if locoregional radiotherapy (RT) versus local irradiation only can alter the pattern of failure in breast cancer patients with extranodal invasion. Patients and Methods: From 08/1988 to 06/1998, 81 patients with extranodal invasion were treated with adjuvant RT (median total dose: 50.4 Gy), 46/81 only locally, 35/81 locoregionally due to presumed adverse parameters. The mean number of resected (positive) lymph nodes was 17 (seven). 78 patients received adjuvant systemic treatment(s). Results: Patients treated with locoregional RT had significantly more often lymphatic vessel invasion (LVI; 63% vs. 28%; p = 0.003), T3/T4 tumors (43% vs. 17%; p = 0.014), and four or more positive lymph nodes (91% vs. 46%; p < 0.001) than patients irradiated only locally. Disease progression occurred in 24/81 patients (locoregional RT: 26% vs. local RT: 33%). The above risk factors were highly significant of worse outcome. Despite their overrepresentation in the locoregional RT group, no difference was found between both groups in regard to disease-free survival (DFS; p = 0.83) and overall survival (OS; p = 0.56), suggesting that regional RT was able to counterbalance the increased risk. There was even a trend toward a better 3-year DFS, 61% in locoregional RT and 37% in local RT, in the subgroup of patients with four or more positive lymph nodes. In a Cox regression model, higher T-stage, four or more positive lymph nodes, and LVI remained significant. For DFS and distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS), the absence of estrogen receptors and the omission of regional RT were also significant. Conclusion: Our data suggest that the addition of regional RT might be beneficial in selected subgroups of patients with extranodal invasion and other poor prognostic factors. (orig.)

  1. Evaluation of the tracing effect of carbon nanoparticle and carbon nanoparticle-epirubicin suspension in axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer treatment

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    Du, Junze; Zhang, Yongsong; Ming, Jia; Liu, Jing; Zhong, Ling; Liang, Quankun; Fan, Linjun; Jiang, Jun

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    Abstracts Background Carbon nanoparticle suspension, using smooth carbon particles at a diameter of 21 nm added with suspending agents, is a stable suspension of carbon pellets of 150 nm in diameter. It is obviously inclined to the lymphatic system. There were some studies reporting that carbon nanoparticles are considered as superior tracers for sentinel lymph nodes because of their stability and operational feasibility. However, there were few study concerns about the potential treatment ef...

  2. Impact on regional recurrence and survival of axillary surgery in women with node-negative primary breast cancer

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    Axelsson, C K; Düring, M; Christiansen, P M;

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    -negative primary breast cancer treated solely by surgery. Median follow-up was 9 years. RESULTS: The number of lymph nodes removed correlated with a reduction in the rate of subsequent axillary recurrence (from 2.1 to 0.4 per cent; P = 0.037), local recurrence (from 7.4 to 3.8 per cent; P < 0.001) distant......BACKGROUND: This study examined whether axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) with removal of many normal lymph nodes resulted in a reduced rate of axillary recurrence and better survival, as reported in recent studies. METHODS: The follow-up analyses were based on 8657 patients with node...

  3. Lymph pathways of the medial retropharyngeal lymph node in dogs.

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    Belz, G T; Heath, T J

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    In dogs, lymph drains from tissues throughout the head, including the tonsils, along lymphatic vessels to the facial, parotid, lateral retropharyngeal and mandibular lymph nodes. From the mandibular lymph nodes, lymph may flow to the ipsilateral medial retropharyngeal lymph nodes, or along anastomotic connections to the contralateral node. Afferent lymphatics convey lymph from these nodes to defined areas in the medial retropharyngeal nodes. They divide over the surface of the node, and withi...

  4. Postmastectomy irradiation in breast in breast cancer patients with T1-2 and 1-3 positive axillary lymph nodes: Is there a role for radiation therapy?

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    We aimed to evaluate retrospectively the correlation of loco-regional relapse (LRR) rate, distant metastasis (DM) rate, disease free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in a group of breast cancer (BC) patients who are at intermediate risk for LRR (T1-2 tumor and 1-3 positive axillary nodes) treated with or without postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) following modified radical mastectomy (MRM). Ninety patients, with T1-T2 tumor, and 1-3 positive nodes who had undergone MRM received adjuvant systemic therapy with (n = 66) or without (n = 24) PMRT. Patient-related characteristics (age, menopausal status, pathological stage/tumor size, tumor location, histology, estrogen/progesterone receptor status, histological grade, nuclear grade, extracapsular extension, lymphatic, vascular and perineural invasion and ratio of involved nodes/dissected nodes) and treatment-related factors (PMRT, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy) were evaluated in terms of LRR and DM rate. The 5-year Kaplan-Meier DFS and OS rates were analysed. Differences between RT and no-RT groups were statistically significant for all comparisons in favor of RT group except OS: LRR rate (3%vs 17%, p = 0.038), DM rate (12% vs 42%, p = 0.004), 5 year DFS (82.4% vs 52.4%, p = 0.034), 5 year OS (90,2% vs 61,9%, p = 0.087). In multivariate analysis DM and lymphatic invasion were independent poor prognostic factors for OS. PMRT for T1-2, N1-3 positive BC patients has to be reconsidered according to the prognostic factors and the decision has to be made individually with the consideration of long-term morbidity and with the patient approval

  5. Breast lymphoscintigraphy for sentinel node identification in clinically axillary node negative breast cancer: A preliminary report of 35 cases

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    Full text: Lymphoscintigraphy is a sensitive, minimally invasive method for identifying sentinel lymph node (SLN). It has been extensively validated in malignant melanoma, penile cancer and recently in breast cancer. The aims of this study were to analyze and determine the clinical value of lymphoscintigraphy in SLN localization in woman undergoing surgery for breast cancer and to evaluate the predictive value of SLN versus axillary lymph node status in these patients. Pre-operative breast lymphoscintigraphy were preformed in 35 female patients with breast cancer and clinically negative axillary node. Mean age was 52.8 years (range 38 to 73 years). Prior to surgery, 74 MBq of Tc-99m nanocolloid in 0.2 to 0.5 ml was injected intra-dermally over the tumor mass. Immediately after injection, anterior dynamic images were acquired for 20 minutes, followed by anterior and lateral views static images at 30 minute, 1 hour and 2 hour using single-head gamma camera until SLN visualized. The SLN location was marked externally on skin. All patients underwent standard modified radical mastectomy with axillary node dissection. All lymph nodes were examined carefully by a skilled histopathologist. SLNs were assessed by visual inspection of both dynamic and static images. Comparison of SLN and axillary lymph node histopathologic results was done in order to define the means of SLN biopsy's ability to reflect the final status of axilla. The mean size of the primary breast tumor mass was 2.54 cm (1.0 to 4.0 cm). In 20/35 (57.1%), the SLNs were visualized in 20-minute dynamic imaging. In 12 patients, the SLNs were seen after delayed imaging and/or repositioning the patient. Overall estimated SLN identification rate was 91.43%. Of those 32 cases in whom the SLNs were localized on lymphoscintigraphy, 9 cases were positive for metastatic tumors and the rest were negative for tumor involvement. Four out of these 9 cases, SLN was the only node that contained metastatic tumor cells and in 5

  6. Real-time MRI navigated US: Role in diagnosis and guided biopsy of incidental breast lesions and axillary lymph nodes detected on breast MRI but not on second look US

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    Pons, Elena Pastor, E-mail: elenapastorpons@gmail.com; Azcón, Francisco Miras, E-mail: frmiaz00@gmail.com; Casas, María Culiañez, E-mail: mariacc1980@gmail.com; Meca, Salvador Martínez, E-mail: isalvaa@hotmail.com; Espona, José Luis García, E-mail: gespona@hotmail.com

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    Objectives: To prospectively evaluate the accuracy of real-time ultrasound combined with supine-MRI using volume navigation technique (RtMR-US) in diagnosis and biopsy of incidental breast lesions (ILSM) and axillary lymph nodes (LNSM) suspicious of malignancy on contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE-MRI). Materials and methods: Five hundred and seventy-seven women were examined using breast CE-MRI. Those with incidental breast lesions not identified after second-look ultrasound (US) were recruited for RtMR-US. Biopsy was performed in ILSM. Breast lesions were categorized with BI-RADS system and Fisher’ exact test. Axillary lymph nodes morphology was described. To assess efficacy of RtMR-US, diagnostic accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, detection rate and Kappa index of conventional-US and RtMR-US were calculated. Results: Forty-three lesions were detected on CE-MRI before navigation. Eighteen were carcinomas and 25 ILSM. Of these, 21 underwent a RtMR-US. Detection rate on RtMR-US (90.7%) was higher than on conventional-US (43%) (p < 0.001). Agreement between both techniques was low (k = 0.138). Twenty ILSM and 2 LNSM were biopsied. Sixty-five percent were benign (100% of BI-RADS3 and 56% of BI-RADS4-5). Diagnostic performance of RtMR-US identifying malignant nodules for overall lesions and for the subgroup of ILSM was respectively: sensitivity 96.3% and 100%, specificity 18.8% and 30.7%, positive predictive value 66.7% and 43.7%, negative predictive value 75% and 100%. In addition RtMR-US enabled biopsy of 2 metastatic lymph nodes. Conclusions: Real time-US with supine-MRI using a volume navigation technique increases the detection of ILSM. RtMR-US may be used to detect occult breast carcinomas and to assess cancer extension, preventing unnecessary MRI-guided biopsies and sentinel lymph node biopsies. Incidental lesions BI-RADS 3 non-detected on conventional-US are probably benign.

  7. Real-time MRI navigated US: Role in diagnosis and guided biopsy of incidental breast lesions and axillary lymph nodes detected on breast MRI but not on second look US

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    Objectives: To prospectively evaluate the accuracy of real-time ultrasound combined with supine-MRI using volume navigation technique (RtMR-US) in diagnosis and biopsy of incidental breast lesions (ILSM) and axillary lymph nodes (LNSM) suspicious of malignancy on contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE-MRI). Materials and methods: Five hundred and seventy-seven women were examined using breast CE-MRI. Those with incidental breast lesions not identified after second-look ultrasound (US) were recruited for RtMR-US. Biopsy was performed in ILSM. Breast lesions were categorized with BI-RADS system and Fisher’ exact test. Axillary lymph nodes morphology was described. To assess efficacy of RtMR-US, diagnostic accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, detection rate and Kappa index of conventional-US and RtMR-US were calculated. Results: Forty-three lesions were detected on CE-MRI before navigation. Eighteen were carcinomas and 25 ILSM. Of these, 21 underwent a RtMR-US. Detection rate on RtMR-US (90.7%) was higher than on conventional-US (43%) (p < 0.001). Agreement between both techniques was low (k = 0.138). Twenty ILSM and 2 LNSM were biopsied. Sixty-five percent were benign (100% of BI-RADS3 and 56% of BI-RADS4-5). Diagnostic performance of RtMR-US identifying malignant nodules for overall lesions and for the subgroup of ILSM was respectively: sensitivity 96.3% and 100%, specificity 18.8% and 30.7%, positive predictive value 66.7% and 43.7%, negative predictive value 75% and 100%. In addition RtMR-US enabled biopsy of 2 metastatic lymph nodes. Conclusions: Real time-US with supine-MRI using a volume navigation technique increases the detection of ILSM. RtMR-US may be used to detect occult breast carcinomas and to assess cancer extension, preventing unnecessary MRI-guided biopsies and sentinel lymph node biopsies. Incidental lesions BI-RADS 3 non-detected on conventional-US are probably benign

  8. Sentinel lymph node biopsy: clinical relevance

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    marked on the skin with indelible ink and a permanent point tattoo of carbon black ink. The depth of the sentinel node from the skin mark is measured in an orthogonal view with a radioactive marker placed on the skin mark. At surgery blue dye is used as a mapping technique and the sentinel nodes are also checked by using a gamma probe to confirm the true sentinel nodes and that the sentinel nodes have been removed. Several lymphoscintigraphic techniques have been described where the tracer is injected peritumorally, intratumorally or intradermally. We favour the peritumour injection technique under ultrasound control. The lymphatic drainage in breast carcinoma is predominantly to axillary lymph nodes but also to internal mammary lymph nodes (IM) and occasionally to intramammary, infraclavicular and supraclavicular node fields. To most accurately define the lymph drainage all sentinel nodes should be found. In our experience the axillary sentinel nodes were accurately staged in 96% of patients. The sentinel nodes are removed at surgery and sent for pathology. As there are a limited number usually 1-3 sentinel nodes this allows for more specific histopathology and immunohistochemistry. Focused histopathology allows more specific and accurate detection of micrometastases. SLNB has also been used in vulval, penile, head and neck, thyroid, oropharyngeal cancers and also intraoperatively in colon cancer. The techniques require a sophisticated integration of a multidisciplinary team with significant learning curves for the surgeons, nuclear medicine physicians, technologists and pathologists. There has to be good communication between all groups with precise imaging and surgical techniques. With lymphoscintigraphy there are many techniques described and the literature reports excellent results in major centres. With lymphoscintigraphy in Australia we use small particle colloids (Tc99m antimony sulphide colloid) which allows excellent definition of lymph channels and more

  9. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound of axillary lymph node for prediction of breast cancer response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy%腋窝淋巴结超声造影预测乳腺癌新辅助化疗的疗效

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    欧阳秋芳; 赵红佳; 谢良地; 林清萍

    2010-01-01

    Objective To explore the predictive value of response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy(NAC)in local advanced breast cancer with contrast-enhanced ultrasound(CEUS)of axillary lymph node.Methods CEUS of metastatic axillary lymph nodes in 58 patients stacng Ⅱ-Ⅲ breast cancer was performed before and after NAC treatment. The enhancement patterns and parameters of time-intensity curve were assessed and compared with the pathology.Results The clinic response evaluation were drug-effective in 35 cases and no change in 23 ones.There Were no significant differences in enhancement patterns between no-change and drugeffective groups.Lymph node cortex arriving time was longer in drug-effective cases than that in no-change ones after NAC,whereas it showed no significant differences before NAC.Statistical significant difierence in enhancement duration(ED)was found between the two groups before NAC,which decreased markedly in drug-effective case8 after NAC.Histopatholngic response could be predicted with a sensitivity of 77% and a specificity of 90% by standardized ED below 275 seconds after NAC.No significant difference was found in time to peak(TP),peak intensity(PI)between the two groups.Conclusion The perfusion pattern of axillary lymph node CEUS after NAC Was insufficient to predict curative effect.But the lymph node cortex arriving time and enhancement duration may be of value in the prediction of clinical response to chemotherapy.%目的探讨腋窝淋巴结超声造影对浸润型乳腺癌新辅助化疗(NAC)疗效的预测价值.方法对58例Ⅱ、Ⅲ期浸润型乳腺癌患者的腋窝转移性淋巴结于NAC前、后进行超声造影检查,观察造影增强方式并进行时间强度分析,然后与手术病理对照.结果临床评价35例有效,23例化疗无变化.NAC有效组和无变化组两组之间灌注模式差异无统计学意义.到达淋巴结皮质时间化疗前两组间比较差异无统计学意义,化疗后有效组大于化疗无变化组.化疗

  10. Current status of methodology research on nuclear medicine on sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer

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    Breast cancer is the most common malignancy of the female,and axillary lymph node dissection has been considered as the basic method in breast cancer surgery. Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in recent years is accepted gradually both at home and abroad because it not only can avoid complications but also has the advantages of safe and simple operation, high accuracy, and slight trauma. It has taken the place of axillary lymph node dissection in the treatment of axillary node-negative patients. Nuclear medicine inspection has played a crucial role in SLNB, and radiotracers, injecting techniques,detecting methods and standards have great influence upon the accuracy and false-negative rate of axillary lymph nodes and internal mammary lymph nodes detection. In this review, the current methodology status of nuclear medicine is summarized on SLNB in breast cancer at home and abroad. (authors)

  11. Micrometástases de carcinoma da mama em linfonodos axilares: detecção por imunoistoquímica versus hematoxilina e eosina Micrometastasis in axillary lymph node in breast cancer: immunohistochemistry versus hematoxylin and eosin detection

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Os métodos de detecção e o significado prognóstico das micrometástases (Mic-Met em linfonodos axilares (LA de pacientes com carcinoma mamário invasor são controversos na literatura. OBJETIVOS: Comparar a detecção de micrometástases de carcinoma mamário em LA através de segunda revisão de lâminas coradas por hematoxilina e eosina (HE e comparar com a detecção imunoistoquímica (IHQ e seu impacto no restadiamento das pacientes. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 190 casos de carcinoma mamário inicialmente diagnosticados como linfonodo-negativos, com reavaliação dos linfonodos em lâminas coradas por HE e IHQ para pancitoqueratina (clone AE1/AE3 e método streptavidina-biotina-peroxidase (LSAB+. RESULTADOS: Foram revistos 2.868 linfonodos corados por HE (média = 15,1 linfonodos/paciente e 2.444 linfonodos corados por IHQ (média = 12,9 linfonodos/paciente. Micrometástases foram detectadas em 28/190 casos, sendo que a detecção por IHQ (25/190 casos; 13,2% foi superior à detecção por HE (14/190 casos; 7,4%. A revisão de lâminas coradas por HE apresentou boa especificidade (98,2%, mas baixa sensibilidade (44% em relação à IHQ (considerada padrão-ouro. Conclusão: A detecção de Mic-Met foi maior por imunoistoquímica do que por segunda leitura de lâminas, e gerou mudança no estadiamento de 28 pacientes (14,7%.INTRODUCTION: The methods of detection and prognostic significance of micrometastasis (Mic-Met are still controversial in the literature. AIMS: The aim of our study was to compare micrometastasis detection of invasive mammary carcinomas (IMC in axillary lymph nodes using a second review (double review of hematoxylin and eosin (HE stained slides using immunohistochemistry (IHC and the impact of micrometastasis detection in re-staging patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied 190 cases of IMC with no axillary metastasis described in the original reports. We reviewed the available HE stained

  12. Evaluation of the effect of neoadjuvant chemotherapy on tumor and axillary lymph nodes in locally advanced breast cancer:a study of 50 patients

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    Ali H.Meebed; Ihab S.Fayek; Amany Saber; Reda H.Tabashy; Mona A.Sakr

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    The purpose of the study was to correlate between ef ect of pre neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) and post NACT clinical, sonographic and pathologic features of the tumor and axil ary lymph nodes (ALNs) and to raise the possibility of applying the concept of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in patients with initial y positive ALNs before NACT. Methods:A prospective study of 50 female patients with local y advanced breast cancer (LABC) with clinical y palpable and cytological y (under ultrasonographic guidance) positive ALNs. Al patients received NACT and then referred for ultrasono graphic assessment of the axil a regarding any detectable sonographic criteria of metastatic deposits in ALNs as wel as the tumor size in relation to its pre chemotherapy size. Al patients were then subjected either to modified radical mastectomy or breast conserving surgery. The clinical, sonographic and pathological response of the tumor and the ALNs were documented, classified and correlated with each other. Results:Patients’ mean age was 47.7 ± 9.1 years. The mean clinical tumor size was 6.7 ± 1.4 cm;stage IIIA that was presented in 32 patients (64%) and IIIB was presented in 18 patients (36%). Chemotherapy was given for a median of 4 cycles. there was reduction of the mean clinical tumor size from 6.7 ± 1.4 cm to 4.3 ± 2.7 cm (P<0.001). Clinical response was complete in 5 (10%) tumors, complete pathological tumor response (post neoadjuvant) was detected in 8 (16%) of patients. Complete clinical nodal response (post neoadjuvant) in 23 (46%) axil ae, on sonographic assessment of the axil a, response was complete in 17 (34%) axil ae. Complete pathological nodal response occurred in 16 (32%) axil ae. Out of 17 axil ae that showed complete sonographic response 11 axil ae showed complete pathological nodal response (P<0.001). Conclusion:Formal axil ary lymph node dissection can be avoided and replaced by SLNB post NACT in patients with LABC with metastatic ALNs if there were complete

  13. 背阔肌解剖变异在乳腺癌腋窝淋巴结清扫术中的临床意义%Clinical Significance of Latissimus Dorsi Mutation in Axillary Lymph Node Dissection for Breast Carcinoma

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    张钢龄; 张培礼; 朱敬军; 杨七玉; 祁燕云; 杜华

    2012-01-01

    目的:通过对腋窝处变异的背阔肌进行详尽解剖,为降低乳腺癌腋窝淋巴结清扫术中腋窝处重要神经血管损伤,减少手术并发症提供依据.方法:收集128例行腋窝淋巴结清扫术的乳腺癌患者中发生背阔肌解剖变异19例,对该19例患者的背阔肌变异肌束进行详尽的大体解剖,找到其起点与止点,并测量长、宽、厚度,观察与腋窝神经、血管、淋巴结的毗邻关系.结果:19例发生背阔肌解剖变异的肌束均从背阔肌外侧缘发出一束肌腱,向内上走行,横跨腋血管神经束,在其上方,呈“扇形”腱膜延续为喙锁胸筋膜的一部分止于喙突.其中14例为单肌束走行,5例变异肌束从背阔肌发出后与胸大肌外缘发出一肌束会合,再并行向上.该变异肌束与背阔肌止端健呈“丫”型夹持着腋血管神经束.肋间臂神经从其表面或深面通过.其内下侧毗邻胸背神经及肩胛下血管,后外毗邻肩胛下血管外淋巴组织.结论:背阔肌变异肌束可造成腋窝淋巴结清扫术的解剖混淆,给腋淋巴结清扫术时的定位带来困难.因此,了解此种变异在腋窝淋巴结清扫术中具有重要意义.%This study aimed to provide the basic surgical guidelines for important injured nerves and vessels in the axilla during axillary lymph node dissection and reduce surgery-related complications by dissecting the variant latissimus dorsi (LATS) in the axilla. Methods: Data of 19 cases with LATS mutation from 128 breast carcinoma cases who underwent axillary lymph node dissection were collected and studied. The start and end points of the variation of muscle bundle (VOMB) were found by analyzing a full gross anatomy of the variant muscle bundle of LATS in the 19 cases. Length, width, and depth of VOMB were measured. Adjacent relationship among the axillary nerve, blood vessels, and lymph nodes in the axilla was observed. Results: Among the 19 cases with LATS mutation, each VOMB

  14. Dose to level I and II axillary lymph nodes and lung by tangential field radiation in patients undergoing postmastectomy radiation with tissue expander reconstruction

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    To define the dosimetric coverage of level I/II axillary volumes and the lung volume irradiated in postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) following tissue expander placement. Twenty-three patients were identified who had undergone postmastectomy radiotherapy with tangent only fields. All patients had pre-radiation tissue expander placement and expansion. Thirteen patients had bilateral expander reconstruction. The level I/II axillary volumes were contoured using the RTOG contouring atlas. The patient-specific variables of expander volume, superior-to-inferior location of expander, distance between expanders, expander angle and axillary volume were analyzed to determine their relationship to the axillary volume and lung volume dose. The mean coverage of the level I/II axillary volume by the 95% isodose line (VD95%) was 23.9% (range 0.3 - 65.4%). The mean Ipsilateral Lung VD50% was 8.8% (2.2-20.9). Ipsilateral and contralateral expander volume correlated to Axillary VD95% in patients with bilateral reconstruction (p = 0.01 and 0.006, respectively) but not those with ipsilateral only reconstruction (p = 0.60). Ipsilateral Lung VD50% correlated with angle of the expander from midline (p = 0.05). In patients undergoing PMRT with tissue expanders, incidental doses delivered by tangents to the axilla, as defined by the RTOG contouring atlas, do not provide adequate coverage. The posterior-superior region of level I and II is the region most commonly underdosed. Axillary volume coverage increased with increasing expander volumes in patients with bilateral reconstruction. Lung dose increased with increasing expander angle from midline. This information should be considered both when placing expanders and when designing PMRT tangent only treatment plans by contouring and targeting the axilla volume when axillary treatment is indicated

  15. Mesenteric lymph node cavitation syndrome

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    The mesenteric lymph node cavitation syndrome consists of central necrosis of mesenteric lymph nodes and may occur with either celiac disease or a sprue-like intestinal disease that fails to respond to a gluten-free diet. Splenic hypofunction may also be present. The cause is not known but its development during the clinical course of celiac disease is usually indicative of a poor prognosis for the intestinal disorder, a potential for signif icant compli-cations including sepsis and malignancy, particularly...

  16. Dual-Modality Photoacoustic and Ultrasound Imaging System for Noninvasive Sentinel Lymph Node Detection in Patients with Breast Cancer

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    The detection of regional lymph node metastases is important in cancer staging as it guides the prognosis of the patient and the strategy for treatment. Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is an accurate, less invasive alternative to axillary lymph node dissection. The sentinel lymph node hypothesis states that the pathological status of the axilla can be accurately predicted by determining the status of the first lymph nodes that drain from the primary tumor. Physicians use radio-labeled sulfu...

  17. Lymphoscintigraphy and intraoperative gamma probe guided biopsy of the sentinel lymph node in breast cancer

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    Objective: To evaluate the role of lymphoscintigraphy and intraoperative gamma probe in sentinel lymph node identification and biopsy for breast cancer. Methods: 99Tcm labelled dextran (Dx) was injected intra-dermis at the skin surface center of breast tumor before mastectomy. The sentinel lymph nodes identified by lymphoscintigraphy and intraoperative gamma probe were dissected out from the axillary tissue. All sentinel and non-sentinel lymph nodes were sent to a pathologist for histological examination. The specimens were examined with hematoxylin and eosin (H and E) staining. Results: In 31 cases studied, sentinel lymph nodes were all identified by lymphoscintigraphy and intraoperative gamma probe, with a detection rate of 100%. Metastases were detected in sentinel lymph nodes in 10 patients, however, 12 cases showed positive axillary lymph nodes but for 3 cases, sentinel lymph nodes were negative. The sensitivity of the sentinel lymph node biopsy in the study was 83.33%, the accuracy was 87.09%, the false positive rate was 0, and the false negative rate was 25%. Conclusions: Intraoperative gamma probe detection is the best approach to identify sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer. The attempt that substitution of sentinel lymph node biopsy for routine axillary lymph node dissection in breast cancer deserves further study

  18. 乳腺癌腋窝清扫术后淋巴结解剖方法临床研究%Clinical research of the method of lymph node anatomy after axillary dissection in breast cancer

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    张琴琴; 王宁霞

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨脂肪溶解液预处理乳腺癌腋淋巴组织标本对解剖的影响。方法选取暨南大学第一附属医院2011年3月至2013年10月收治的临床分期为Ⅱ期并行乳腺癌改良根治术的病人共82例,术后腋窝淋巴组织标本予脂肪溶解液浸泡15~20 min后再进行解剖(实验组),将解剖淋巴结的数目、最小径及解剖时间等各指标与传统解剖方法(对照组)对比。结果实验组解剖淋巴结的数目(23.10枚)多于对照组(18.38枚)(P=0.000),最小径(0.16 cm)小于对照组(0.25 cm)(P=0.000),解剖时间(19.95 min)少于对照组(24.02 min)(P=0.000)。肥胖病人中两组间淋巴结数目上的差值(7.00枚)要较非肥胖病人显著(3.52枚)。两组病人病理切片比较无明显差别。结论对乳腺癌腋淋巴结标本的解剖,用脂解液预处理的方法可增加淋巴结检出的数目,降低解剖难度以及缩短解剖时间,该法尤其适用于肥胖病人。%Objective To explore the effect of pretreating the axillary lymphatic tissue by liposuction before the anatomy in breast cancer patients. Methods A total of 82 cases of stage Ⅱ breast cancer were performed modified radical mastectomy between March 2011 and October 2013 in the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University. The axillary lymphatic tissue was soaked in liposuction by 15-20 minutes after the modified radical mastectomy (experimental group). The number of lymph node, the minimum diameter and the time of anatomy in experimental group were compared with those in control group (traditional anatomy method). Results The mean number of lymph node in experimental group was higher than that in control group (23.10 vs. 18.38, P=0.000). The mean minimum diameter in experimental group was less than that in control group (0.16cm vs. 0.25 cm, P=0.000). The median time of the duration of anatomy in experimental group was shorter than that in control

  19. Influencing Factors of Disease-free Survival Rate and Clinical Significance of The Number of Axillary Lymph Node Detection in Breast Cancer%乳腺癌术后无瘤生存率的影响因素及腋窝淋巴结检测数目的临床意义

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    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relative factors influencing disease-free survival(DFS)rate in breast cancer and clinical significance of the number of axillary lymph node dissection .Methods Clinical data of 138 cases of breast cancer pa-tients who received modified radical mastectomy and axillary lymph node dissection were studied retrospectively .Positive axillary lymph nodes and disease-free survival time and influencing factors of patients with negative axillary lymph node were analyzed by Kaplan-Meier and multivariate logistic regression analysis .Results 5-year overall survival rate and DFS rate in patients with negative lymph nodes were 90.7% and 86.7%,respectively.5-year overall survival rate and DFS rate in patients with positive lymph nodes were 72.6%and 64.7%,respectively.There had statistical difference(P<0.05).Single factor analysis and multi-variate logistic regression analysis showed that the number of positive lymph node ,the number of lymph node dissection ,HER-2 were risk factors influencing the 5-year DFS of patients with positive lymph node .HER-2 was the main risk factor influencing the 5-year DFS of patients with negative lymph node .Conclusion Axillary lymph node metastasis and HER-2 are major factors in-fluencing the 5-year DFS of breast cancer patients .Increase the number of lymph nodes detection could improve the 5-year DFS of breast cancer patients .%目的:探讨乳腺癌术后无瘤生存率的影响因素及腋窝淋巴结清扫及检测个数的临床意义。方法回顾性分析138例行乳腺癌手术并腋窝淋巴结清扫患者的临床资料,采用Kaplan-Meier法和Logistic多因素回归分析腋窝淋巴结阳性和腋窝淋巴结阴性患者的无瘤生存时间及影响因素。结果淋巴结阴性患者5年总生存率为90.7%,5年无瘤生存率为86.7%,淋巴结阳性患者5年总生存率为72.6%,5年无瘤生存率为64.7%,2组差异具有统计学意义( P<0.05)。单因素分析

  20. Prognostic value of lymph node ratio in node-positive breast cancer in Egyptian patients

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    Background: Breast cancer in Egypt is the most common cancer among women and is the leading cause of cancer mortality. Traditionally, axillary lymph node involvement is considered among the most important prognostic factors in breast cancer. Nonetheless, accumulating evidence suggests that axillary lymph node ratio should be considered as an alternative to classical pN classification. Materials and methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with operable node positive breast cancer, to investigate the prognostic significance of axillary lymph node ratio. Results: Five-hundred patients were considered eligible for the analysis. Median follow-up was 35 months (95% Cl 32-37 months), the median disease-free survival (DFS) was 49 months (95% Cl, 46.4-52.2 months). The classification of patients based on pN staging system failed to prognosticate DFS in the multivariate analysis. Conversely, grade 3 tumors, and the intermediate (> 0.20 to <0.65) and high (>0.65) LNR were the only variables that were independently associated with adverse DFS. The overall survival (OS) in this series was 69 months (95% Cl 60-77). Conclusion: The analysis of outcome of patients with early breast cancer in Egypt identified the adverse prognostic effects of high tumor grade, ER negativity and intermediate and high LNR on DFS. If the utility of the LNR is validated in other studies, it may replace the use of absolute number of axillary lymph nodes.

  1. Sonography of neck lymph nodes. Part II: abnormal lymph nodes

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    Assessment of cervical lymph nodes is essential for patients with head and neck carcinomas, and ultrasound is a useful imaging technique. Sonographic features that help distinguish between the causes of neck lymphadenopathy, including grey scale and Doppler features, are discussed. In addition to the distribution and location of nodes, the useful grey-scale features are: size, shape, internal architecture, intranodal necrosis, absence of hilar structure and calcification. The useful Doppler features are: distribution of vascularity and intranodal resistance. Ancillary features such as oedema of soft tissue and nodal matting are particularly helpful to identify tuberculous nodes

  2. Long-term clinical impact of sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer and cutaneous melanoma

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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is based on the hypothesis that the sentinel lymph node (SLN) reflects the lymph-node status and a negative SLN might allow complete axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) to be avoided. Past and current sentinel lymph node clinical trials for breast carcinoma and melanoma address the prognostic and therapeutic utility of SLN dissection (SLND). This technique has already become a standard of care for breast cancer patients and select patients with melanoma. However, it is still important to discuss current techniques and some controversies. This article reviews these issues as well as current guidelines for treatment and management of patients with various findings on SLNB

  3. Anatomy and nomenclature of murine lymph nodes: Descriptive study and nomenclatory standardization in BALB/cAnNCrl mice.

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    Van den Broeck, Wim; Derore, Annie; Simoens, Paul

    2006-05-30

    Murine lymph nodes are intensively studied but often assigned incorrectly in scientific papers. In BALB/cAnNCrl mice, we characterized a total of 22 different lymph nodes. Peripheral nodes were situated in the head and neck region (mandibular, accessory mandibular, superficial parotid, cranial deep cervical nodes), and at the forelimb (proper axillary, accessory axillary nodes) and hindlimb (subiliac, sciatic, popliteal nodes). Intrathoracic lymph nodes included the cranial mediastinal, tracheobronchal and caudal mediastinal nodes. Abdominal lymph nodes were associated with the gastrointestinal tract (gastric, pancreaticoduodenal, jejunal, colic, caudal mesenteric nodes) or were located along the major intra-abdominal blood vessels (renal, lumbar aortic, lateral iliac, medial iliac and external iliac nodes). Comparative and nomenclative aspects of murine lymph nodes are discussed. The position of the lymph nodes of BALB/cAnNCrl mice is summarized and illustrated in an anatomical chart containing proposals for both an official nomenclature according to the Nomina Anatomica Veterinaria and English terms. PMID:16624319

  4. Lymph node imaging: Basic principles

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    Lymph nodes are involved in a wide variety of diseases, particularly in cancer. In the latter, precise nodal staging is essential to guide therapeutic options and to determine prognosis. For long, imaging of the lymphatic system has been limited to lymph vessel,especially via the exclusive use of conventional lymphography, at the expense of invasive procedures and patient's discomfort. Three main technical advances, however, have recently completed the clinical armamentarium for lymph node imaging: first, the refinement of cross sectional imaging, i.e. CT and MRI, combined or not with dedicated contrast agents, has progressively replaced conventional lymphography in oncology situations; second, the development of intra-operative sentinel node mapping has profoundly modified the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in several cancer situations, mostly melanoma and breast cancer; finally, the increased availability of functional imaging, especially through the use of FDG-PET, has greatly contributed to the accuracy improvement of nodal metastases identification. The aim of this review will thus be to briefly review the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic systems and to overview the basic principles of up-to-date lymph node imaging

  5. Human lymph node morphology as a function of age and site.

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    Luscieti, P; Hubschmid, T; Cottier, H.; Hess, M W; Sobin, L H

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    Cervical, axillary, cubital, inguinal, popliteal, and mesenteric lymph nodes from subjects of various ages who had died a sudden death were examined histologically. Care was taken to establish by morphometry the proportional distribution in lymph node cross-sections of cortical, paracortical, and medullary areas. In addition, numbers and surface areas of cross-sectioned germinal centres were registered. Important differences related to age and anatomical site of lymph nodes were established b...

  6. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Pure DCIS: Is It Necessary?

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    Uras, C; G. Esen; Ince, U.; N. Cabioglu; Boler, D. E.

    2012-01-01

    Introduction. Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in patients with pure ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has been a matter of debate due to very low rate of axillary metastases. We therefore aimed to identify factors in a single institutional series to select patients who may benefit from SLNB. Material and Methods. Patients, diagnosed with pure DCIS ( = 6 3 ) between July 2000 and March 2011, were reviewed. All the sentinel lymph nodes were examined by serial sectioning (50 μm) of the entire ...

  7. Elective ilioingunial lymph node irradiation

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    Henderson, R.H.; Parsons, J.T.; Morgan, L.; Million, R.R.

    1984-06-01

    Most radiologists accept that modest doses of irradiation (4500-5000 rad/4 1/2-5 weeks) can control subclinical regional lymph node metastases from squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck and adenocarcinomas of the breast. There have been few reports concerning elective irradiation of the ilioinguinal region. Between October 1964 and March 1980, 91 patients whose primary cancers placed the ilioinguinal lymph nodes at risk received elective irradiation at the University of Florida. Included are patients with cancers of the vulva, penis, urethra, anus and lower anal canal, and cervix or vaginal cancers that involved the distal one-third of the vagina. In 81 patients, both inguinal areas were clinically negative; in 10 patients, one inguinal area was positive and the other negative by clinical examination. The single significant complication was a bilateral femoral neck fracture. The inguinal areas of four patients developed mild to moderate fibrosis. One patient with moderate fibrosis had bilateral mild leg edema that was questionably related to irradiation. Complications were dose-related. The advantages and dis-advantages of elective ilioinguinal node irradiation versus elective inguinal lymph node dissection or no elective treatment are discussed.

  8. Role of axillary lymph node ultra-sound and large core biopsy in the preoperative assessment of patients selected for sentinel node biopsy; Ruolo dell'ecografia e della microbiopsia istologica nella valutazione del cavo ascellare in pazienti candidate a biopsia del linfonodo sentinella

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    Nori, Jacopo; Boeri, Cecilia; Vanzi, Ermanno; Nori Bufalini, Filippo; Masi, Andrea [Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Careggi, Firenze (Italy). Diagnostica senologica; Bazzocchi, Massimo; Londero, Viviana [Udine Univ., Udine (Italy). Istituto di radiologia universitaria; Mangialavori, Giuseppe [Ospedale di Merano, Bolzano (Italy). Servizio di radiologia; Distante, Vito; Simoncini, Roberta [Firenze Univ., Firenze (Italy). Clinica chirurgica I

    2005-04-01

    Purpose: To aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of axillary lymph node sonography, if necessary in collaboration with US-guided large core biopsy, in the preoperative evaluation of breast cancer patients scheduled for quadrantectomy and sentinel lymph node excision. Materials and methods: From July 2001 to December 2002, we evaluated 117 breast cancer patients with ultrasound and, where indicated, FNAB. Breast lesions has diameters between 4 and 26 mm (mean diameter 11 mm). Fifteen (13%) of the 117 patients were excluded from the series as they did not found fulfil the criteria for preliminary sonography of the axilla: in 9 patients fewer than 4 nodes were detected and in 6 patients the breast lesions were intraoperatively found to be benign. Eleven patients (10.7%) with sonographically suspicious axillary nodes were sampled by US-guided core biopsy using a 14 or 16 Gauge Tru-Cut needle. Results: The ultrasound study aims to evaluate the dimensions and morphology of the breast lesion as well as detect and assess at least 4 axillary nodes. These were evaluated for hilar and cortical thickening and radio between the sinus diameter and the total longitudinal diameter. Lymph nodes with hilar diameters equal to or greater than 50% of the longitudinal diameter were considered normal. Of the 102 patients evaluated, 77 (75.7%) had normal axillary nodes according to the US criteria adopted. Negativity was confirmed by histology in 56 cases (72.7%, true negative); 21 (27.3%, false negative) were found to be positive, in contrast with the sonographic appearance. The false negative cases were due to lymph node micrometastasis which probably did not cause morphologic alterations perceptible at ultrasound. The remaining 25 patients (24.5%) had axillary lymph nodes classified as suspicious. In 13 cases of (52%, true positive) there was agreement with histology, whereas in 12 cases (48%, false positive) the US suspicion was not confirmed at surgery. The most

  9. A level III sentinel lymph node in breast cancer

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    Ghesani Nasrin

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background For accurate nodal staging, all blue and radioactive lymph nodes should be sampled during the sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer. We report a case of anomalous drainage in which one of the sentinel lymph nodes was unexpectedly found in the level III axillary space. Case presentation A 40-year-old female underwent mastectomy for extensive high-grade ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS with micro-invasion. The index lesion was located in the right upper inner quadrant. Lymphoscintigraphy was performed on the morning of surgery. Two sentinel lymph nodes were identified. At operation, 5 mls of isosulfan blue dye was injected at the same site of the radio-colloid injection. The first sentinel lymph node was found at level I and was blue and radioactive. The second sentinel node was detected in an unexpected anomalous location at level III, medial to the pectoralis minor. Both sentinel nodes were negative. Conclusion Sentinel node staging can lead to unexpected patterns of lymphatic drainage. For accurate staging, it is important to survey all potential sites of nodal metastasis either with preoperative lymphoscintigraphy and/or rigorous examination of regional nodal basins with the intra-operative gamma probe.

  10. Tumour 18 F-FDG Uptake on preoperative PET/CT may predict axillary lymph node metastasis in ER-positive/HER2-negative and HER2-positive breast cancer subtypes

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    Kim, Jin You; Lee, Suck Hong; Kim, Suk [Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine and Medical Research Institute, Department of Radiology, Seo-gu, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Taewoo [Pusan National University Hospital, Busan Cancer Center, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Bae, Young Tae [Pusan National University Hospital, Department of Surgery, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-04-01

    To evaluate the association between tumour FDG uptake on preoperative PET/CT and axillary lymph node metastasis (ALNM) according to breast cancer subtype. The records of 671 patients with invasive breast cancer who underwent {sup 18} F-FDG PET/CT and surgery were reviewed. Using immunohistochemistry, tumours were divided into three subtypes: oestrogen receptor (ER)-positive/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, HER2-positive, and triple-negative. Tumour FDG uptake, expressed as maximum standardized uptake value (SUV{sub max}), and clinicopathological variables were analysed. ALNM was present in 187 of 461 ER-positive/HER2-negative, 54 of 97 HER2-positive, and 38 of 113 triple-negative tumours. On multivariate analysis, high tumour SUV{sub max} (≥4.25) (P < 0.001), large tumour size (>2 cm) (P = 0.003) and presence of lymphovascular invasion (P < 0.001) were independent variables associated with ALNM. On subset analyses, tumour SUV{sub max} maintained independent significance for predicting ALNM in ER-positive/HER2-negative (adjusted odds ratio: 3.277, P < 0.001) and HER2-positive tumours (adjusted odds ratio: 14.637, P = 0.004). No association was found for triple-negative tumours (P = 0.161). Tumour SUV{sub max} may be an independent prognostic factor for ALNM in patients with invasive breast cancer, especially in ER-positive/HER2-negative and HER2-positive subtypes, but not in those with triple-negative subtype. (orig.)

  11. Axillary node metastasis from differentiated thyroid carcinoma with hürthle and signet ring cell differentiation. A case of disseminated thyroid cancer with peculiar histologic findings

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Differentiated thyroid cancer is usually associated with an excellent prognosis and indolent course. Distant metastases are rare events at the onset of thyroid cancer. Among these presentations, metastasis to the axillary lymph nodes is even more unusual: only few cases were previously reported in the literature; there has been no report of axillary lymph node metastasis from follicular thyroid carcinoma. Axillary lymph node metastasis generally arises in the context of disseminated disease and carries an ominous prognosis. Case presentation Here we present a case of axillary lymph node metastasis in the context of disseminated differentiated thyroid cancer. The patient underwent near total thyroidectomy and neck and axillary lymph node dissection. A histopathological diagnosis of poorly differentiated follicular carcinoma with "signet ring cells" and Hürthle cell features was established. The patient received radioactive iodine therapy and TSH suppression therapy. Subsequently his serum thyroglobulin level decreased to 44.000 ng/ml from over 100.000 ng/ml. Discussion and Conclusion Currently there are only few reported cases of axillary node metastases from thyroid cancer, and to our knowledge, this is the first report on axillary lymph node metastasis from follicular thyroid carcinoma. "Signet ring cell" is a morphologic feature shared by both benign and, more rarely, malignant follicular thyroid neoplasm, and it generally correlates with an arrest in folliculogenesis. Our case is one of the rare "signet ring cells" carcinomas so far described.

  12. Axillary node metastasis from differentiated thyroid carcinoma with hürthle and signet ring cell differentiation. A case of disseminated thyroid cancer with peculiar histologic findings

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    Differentiated thyroid cancer is usually associated with an excellent prognosis and indolent course. Distant metastases are rare events at the onset of thyroid cancer. Among these presentations, metastasis to the axillary lymph nodes is even more unusual: only few cases were previously reported in the literature; there has been no report of axillary lymph node metastasis from follicular thyroid carcinoma. Axillary lymph node metastasis generally arises in the context of disseminated disease and carries an ominous prognosis. Here we present a case of axillary lymph node metastasis in the context of disseminated differentiated thyroid cancer. The patient underwent near total thyroidectomy and neck and axillary lymph node dissection. A histopathological diagnosis of poorly differentiated follicular carcinoma with 'signet ring cells' and Hürthle cell features was established. The patient received radioactive iodine therapy and TSH suppression therapy. Subsequently his serum thyroglobulin level decreased to 44.000 ng/ml from over 100.000 ng/ml. Currently there are only few reported cases of axillary node metastases from thyroid cancer, and to our knowledge, this is the first report on axillary lymph node metastasis from follicular thyroid carcinoma. 'Signet ring cell' is a morphologic feature shared by both benign and, more rarely, malignant follicular thyroid neoplasm, and it generally correlates with an arrest in folliculogenesis. Our case is one of the rare 'signet ring cells' carcinomas so far described

  13. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in oral cancer

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    Thomsen, Jørn Bo; Sørensen, Jens Ahm; Grupe, Peter;

    2005-01-01

    PURPOSE: To validate lymphatic mapping combined with sentinel lymph node biopsy as a staging procedure, and to evaluate the possible clinical implications of added oblique lymphoscintigraphy and/or tomography and test the intra- and interobserver reproducibility of lymphoscintigraphy. MATERIAL AND....... RESULTS: Eleven (28%) patients were upstaged. The sentinel lymph node identification rate was 97.5%. Sentinel lymph node biopsy significantly differentiated between patients with or without lymph node metastasis (P = 0.001). Lymphatic mapping revealed 124 hotspots and 144 hot lymph nodes were removed by...... sentinel lymph node biopsy. Three patients developed a lymph node recurrence close to the primary tumor site during follow-up. Added oblique lymphoscintigraphic images and/or tomography revealed extra hotspots in 15/40 (38%) patients. In 4/40 (10%), extra contralateral hotspots were detected. CONCLUSION...

  14. Targeted Delivery of Immunomodulators to Lymph Nodes

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    Jamil Azzi; Qian Yin; Mayuko Uehara; Shunsuke Ohori; Li Tang; Kaimin Cai; Takaharu Ichimura; Martina McGrath; Omar Maarouf; Eirini Kefaloyianni; Scott Loughhead; Jarolim Petr; Qidi Sun; Mincheol Kwon; Stefan Tullius

    2016-01-01

    Active-targeted delivery to lymph nodes represents a major advance toward more effective treatment of immune-mediated disease. The MECA79 antibody recognizes peripheral node addressin molecules expressed by high endothelial venules of lymph nodes. By mimicking lymphocyte trafficking to the lymph nodes, we have engineered MECA79-coated microparticles containing an immunosuppressive medication, tacrolimus. Following intravenous administration, MECA79-bearing particles showed marked accumulation...

  15. Targeted Delivery of Immunomodulators to Lymph Nodes.

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    Azzi, Jamil; Yin, Qian; Uehara, Mayuko; Ohori, Shunsuke; Tang, Li; Cai, Kaimin; Ichimura, Takaharu; McGrath, Martina; Maarouf, Omar; Kefaloyianni, Eirini; Loughhead, Scott; Petr, Jarolim; Sun, Qidi; Kwon, Mincheol; Tullius, Stefan; von Andrian, Ulrich H; Cheng, Jianjun; Abdi, Reza

    2016-05-10

    Active-targeted delivery to lymph nodes represents a major advance toward more effective treatment of immune-mediated disease. The MECA79 antibody recognizes peripheral node addressin molecules expressed by high endothelial venules of lymph nodes. By mimicking lymphocyte trafficking to the lymph nodes, we have engineered MECA79-coated microparticles containing an immunosuppressive medication, tacrolimus. Following intravenous administration, MECA79-bearing particles showed marked accumulation in the draining lymph nodes of transplanted animals. Using an allograft heart transplant model, we show that targeted lymph node delivery of microparticles containing tacrolimus can prolong heart allograft survival with negligible changes in tacrolimus serum level. Using MECA79 conjugation, we have demonstrated targeted delivery of tacrolimus to the lymph nodes following systemic administration, with the capacity for immune modulation in vivo. PMID:27134176

  16. Targeted Delivery of Immunomodulators to Lymph Nodes

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    Jamil Azzi

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Active-targeted delivery to lymph nodes represents a major advance toward more effective treatment of immune-mediated disease. The MECA79 antibody recognizes peripheral node addressin molecules expressed by high endothelial venules of lymph nodes. By mimicking lymphocyte trafficking to the lymph nodes, we have engineered MECA79-coated microparticles containing an immunosuppressive medication, tacrolimus. Following intravenous administration, MECA79-bearing particles showed marked accumulation in the draining lymph nodes of transplanted animals. Using an allograft heart transplant model, we show that targeted lymph node delivery of microparticles containing tacrolimus can prolong heart allograft survival with negligible changes in tacrolimus serum level. Using MECA79 conjugation, we have demonstrated targeted delivery of tacrolimus to the lymph nodes following systemic administration, with the capacity for immune modulation in vivo.

  17. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer--the Aarhus experience

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    Lauridsen, M C; Garne, J P; Hessov, I;

    2000-01-01

    Eighty patients, with newly diagnosed unifocal breast cancer and with no axillary metastases verified by ultrasonography, underwent sentinel lymph node (SLN) and subsequent axillary lymph node dissection. To identify the SLN, we used a combination of Tc-99m labelled colloid (Albures) and blue dye...... as SLNs that tested negative but with higher nodes that tested positive. If SLN biopsy is accepted as a routine procedure and when the exact indications are defined, the method described probably could be offered to the majority of breast cancer patients....

  18. Adjuvant radiotherapy for melanoma metastatic to axillary and inguinal nodes: Regional tumor control and late effects

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    Ahmed SK; Kottschade LA; Markovic SN; Garces YI; Foote RL

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    Background: Adjuvant radiotherapy reduces nodal recurrence in metastatic melanoma. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of adjuvant radiotherapy on in-field nodal control of melanoma metastatic to axillary and inguinal lymph nodes. Methods: The medical records of patients who received adjuvant radiotherapy from January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2011, at Mayo Clinic were reviewed. Results: In the 20 patients identified, the rates of 2-year overall survival, nodal control, a...

  19. Roles of preoperative lymphoscintigraphy for sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer patients

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate roles of preoperative lymphoscintigraphy for sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer patients. Five hundred and sixty-five consecutive breast cancer patients were prospectively randomized into groups with or without preoperative lymphoscintigraphy. In a group with lymphoscintigraphy, 238 patients had sentinel lymph nodes spotted in lymphoscintigram. The visualization of sentinel lymph nodes in lymphoscintigram was not associated with patients' age, primary tumor size and location, histopathologic type and time interval from injection of radiocolloid to lymphoscintigraphy. However, patients with axillary metastasis had a lower identification rate of sentinel lymph nodes by lymphoscintigraphy than those without metastasis (P=0.003). The identification rate of axillary sentinel lymph nodes was 99.3% in the group and the rate was similar whether there was sentinel lymph nodes spotted in axillary in lymphoscintigram or not (99.6% vs. 98.1%, P=0.327). The false-negative rate in this group was 4.2%. While in a group without lymphoscintigraphy, the identification rate and the false-negative rate were 99.6% and 4.8%, respectively. There was no significant difference between the two groups in the identification rate of axillary sentinel lymph nodes (P=0.594) and in the false-negative rate (P=1.00). Preoperative lymphoscintigraphy could neither improve the identification rate nor reduce the false-negative rate of breast cancer sentinel lymph node biopsy, and it is not necessary for sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer patients. (author)

  20. Sites of failure in breast cancer patients with extra-capsular invasion of axillary lymph mode metastases. No need for axillary irradiation?

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    Extracapsular spread (ECS) is frequent, but the specific sites of relapse are seldom given in the literature. In this study it was evaluated, if ECS might be an indicator for axillary irradiation. After a retrospective review of pathology reports, the information about ECS was available in 254 lymph node-positive patients: ECS was absent in 34% (ECS-negative; n=87) and present in 66% (ECS-positive; n=167). All patients were irradiated locally, 78 patients got periclavicular and 74 axiliary irradiation (median total dose: 50.4 Gy). 240/254 patients (94.5%) received systemic treatment/s. Mean follow-up was 46 months. The regional relapse rate was 4.6% without ECS versus 9.6% with ECS. The 5-year axiliary relapse-free survival was 100% in ECS-negative and 90% in ECS-positive patients (p=0.01), whereas corresponding values for periclavicular relapse-free survival (with ECS: 91%±4%; without ECS: 94%±3%; p=0.77) and local relapse-free survival (with ECS: 86%±4%; without ECS: 91%±3%; p=0.69) were not significantly different. χ2-tests revealed a high correlation of ECS with T-stage, number of positive lymph nodes and progesterone receptor status, comparisons with estrogen receptor, grade or age were not significant. In multivariate analysis number of positive lymph nodes was solely significant for regional failure. Dividing the patients into those with one to three and those with four or more positive lymph nodes, ECS lost its significance for axillary failure. ECS was accompanied by an enhanced axillary failure rate in univariate analysis, which was no longer true after adjusting for the number of positive lymph nodes. (orig.)

  1. Imaging of human lymph nodes using optical coherence tomography: potential for staging cancer.

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    McLaughlin, Robert A; Scolaro, Loretta; Robbins, Peter; Hamza, Saud; Saunders, Christobel; Sampson, David D

    2010-04-01

    Histologic assessment is the gold standard technique for the identification of metastatic involvement of lymph nodes in malignant disease, but can only be performed ex vivo and often results in the unnecessary excision of healthy lymph nodes, leading to complications such as lymphedema. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a high-resolution, near-IR imaging modality capable of visualizing microscopic features within tissue. OCT has the potential to provide in vivo assessment of tissue involvement by cancer. In this morphologic study, we show the capability of OCT to image nodal microarchitecture through an assessment of fresh, unstained ex vivo lymph node samples. Examples include both benign human axillary lymph nodes and nodes containing metastatic breast carcinoma. Through accurate correlation with the histologic gold standard, OCT is shown to enable differentiation of lymph node tissue from surrounding adipose tissue, reveal nodal structures such as germinal centers and intranodal vessels, and show both diffuse and well circumscribed patterns of metastatic node involvement. PMID:20233873

  2. Localized Lymph Node Light Chain Amyloidosis

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    Binod Dhakal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Immunoglobulin-derived light chain amyloidosis can occasionally be associated with localized disease. We present a patient with localized lymph node light chain amyloidosis without an underlying monoclonal protein or lymphoproliferative disorder and review the literature of lymph node amyloidosis discussing work-up and risk factors for systemic progression.

  3. Elastography in the assessment of sentinel lymph nodes prior to dissection

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    Tourasse, Christophe, E-mail: christophe.tourasse@radiologie-lyon.com [Radiology Department, Hopital Prive Jean Mermoz, 55 avenue Jean Mermoz, 69008 Lyon (France); Denier, Jean Francois [Anatomopathology Department, Technipath, 41 allee des Cypres, 69760 Limonest (France); Awada, Azzam; Gratadour, Anne-Christel; Nessah-Bousquet, Karima [Gynaecological and Breast Surgery Department, Hopital Prive Jean Mermoz, 69008 Lyon (France); Gay, Joeel [SuperSonic Imagine, Les Jardins de la Duranne - Bat. F, 510, rue Rene Descartes, 13857 Aix-en-Provence Cedex (France)

    2012-11-15

    Objective: Breast cancer starts as a local tumor but can become metastatic and spread via the lymph nodes. When the pre-operative assessment of the axillary lymph nodes is negative patients generally undergo sentinel node biopsy (SNB), followed by a secondary surgical axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) if the SNB is positive. The extemporaneous anatomo-pathological analysis of the sentinel lymph node enables metastases to be detected and an ALND at the same time of the SNB. The goal of this study was to evaluate the added value of ShearWave Elastography (SWE), compared with the conventional pre-operative assessment, in the screening of sentinel lymph nodes with a high metastatic risk, which could then benefit from an extemporaneous anatomo-pathological analysis. Patients and methods: Women undergoing breast surgery with SNB were prospectively enrolled. Before surgery, they underwent ultrasound and elastography imaging of axillary lymph nodes using the SuperSonic Imagine device and its ShearWave Trade-Mark-Sign elastography mode (SWE Trade-Mark-Sign ). The results obtained were compared to the immunohistochemical results for the removed lymph nodes. Results: 65 patients were enrolled. From the 103 lymph nodes examined by elastography and the 185 lymph nodes removed we were able to pair 81; 70 were healthy and 11 were malignant. The stiffness measurements (mean and maximal values) were significantly different between the healthy and metastatic lymph nodes, (p < 0.05). The areas under the ROC curves were 0.76 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.58-0.94) and 0.75 (95%CI: 0.55-0.95) for the mean and the maximal stiffness, respectively. Conclusion: These encouraging results show a correlation between the metastatic risk of lymph nodes and their increased mean stiffness. Elasticity variables and potential thresholds that seem to predict the metastatic status of axillary lymph nodes were identified. If confirmed by further larger studies, these results could be useful in

  4. The study for breast lymphoscintigraphy of sentinal lymph node in breast cancer

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    Kim, Hwa Gon; Kim, Chang Soo; Kim, Myung Jun [College of Health Sciences, Catholic University of Pusan, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-06-15

    In the past, most patient of breast cancer suffered side effects due to the useless removement of Axillary Lymph Node, but there is no need to remove it because of the result in this study. The purpose of this study is to save surgery time and side effects after surgical operation for patients with breast cancer by making decisions of operation range for metastasis in first Stenosis Lymph Node using the {sup 99m}Tc-Tincolloid Scintigraphy and the Micro Probe for radioisotope. As a result of this study, 15 among 20 patients became objects of this study could reduced side effects for operation because there were no axillary lymph node operations. However there is no standard for method of this treatment. It should be standardize where inject point is, how much {sup 99m}Tc-Tincolloid should be injected (radioactivity value), and the need of massage and Lymph Scintigraphy. Nevertheless I think that this result of study is useful to reduce suffering and side effects from breast cancer and also we should try to do that continuously. The objects for this study were 20 patients diagnosed as breast cancer by Ultrasonography, Mammography and Biopsy. The average of patient age was 45.4 years and its range was between 31 and 71 years. In case of clinical period there were 9 patients of Period I and 11 patients of Period II. The equipment for this study were {sup 99m}Tc-Tincolliod describing the Stenosis Lymph Node as a tracer. Micro Probe: Neoprobe 2000 (the rest is Gamma Probe) tracing the location, and MS-II Gamma Camera: SIEMENS (the rest is MS-II Gamma Camera) describing the image. There were 3 methods for this study, after selecting one of those methods all 20 patients were performed Stenosis Lymph Node diagnosis and Gamma Probe in operation room. The result was that I imaged all the 20 patients, and seek the Stenosis Lymph Node by using Gamma Probe. Metastasis in Stenosis Lymph Node was 5 and Metastasis in Axillary Lymph Node was 3 between Metastasis in Stenosis Lymph

  5. The study for breast lymphoscintigraphy of sentinal lymph node in breast cancer

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    In the past, most patient of breast cancer suffered side effects due to the useless removement of Axillary Lymph Node, but there is no need to remove it because of the result in this study. The purpose of this study is to save surgery time and side effects after surgical operation for patients with breast cancer by making decisions of operation range for metastasis in first Stenosis Lymph Node using the 99mTc-Tincolloid Scintigraphy and the Micro Probe for radioisotope. As a result of this study, 15 among 20 patients became objects of this study could reduced side effects for operation because there were no axillary lymph node operations. However there is no standard for method of this treatment. It should be standardize where inject point is, how much 99mTc-Tincolloid should be injected (radioactivity value), and the need of massage and Lymph Scintigraphy. Nevertheless I think that this result of study is useful to reduce suffering and side effects from breast cancer and also we should try to do that continuously. The objects for this study were 20 patients diagnosed as breast cancer by Ultrasonography, Mammography and Biopsy. The average of patient age was 45.4 years and its range was between 31 and 71 years. In case of clinical period there were 9 patients of Period I and 11 patients of Period II. The equipment for this study were 99mTc-Tincolliod describing the Stenosis Lymph Node as a tracer. Micro Probe: Neoprobe 2000 (the rest is Gamma Probe) tracing the location, and MS-II Gamma Camera: SIEMENS (the rest is MS-II Gamma Camera) describing the image. There were 3 methods for this study, after selecting one of those methods all 20 patients were performed Stenosis Lymph Node diagnosis and Gamma Probe in operation room. The result was that I imaged all the 20 patients, and seek the Stenosis Lymph Node by using Gamma Probe. Metastasis in Stenosis Lymph Node was 5 and Metastasis in Axillary Lymph Node was 3 between Metastasis in Stenosis Lymph Node cases. Finally

  6. Rapid Stereology Based Quantitative Immunohistochemistry of Dendritic Cells in Lymph Nodes: A Methodological Study

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    van Hensbergen, Yvette; Luykx‐de Bakker, Sylvia A.; Heideman, Daniëlle A.M.; Meijer, Gerrit A.; Pinedo, Herbert M.; Paul J. van Diest

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    This study was done to arrive at a fast and reliable protocol for assessment of fractional volumes of immunohistochemically stained dendritic cells in lymph nodes. Twenty axillary lymph nodes of patients with locally advanced breast cancer were immuno‐histochemically stained with an S100 antibody. Fractional volumes of dendritic cells were assessed by stereology based quantitative immunohistochemistry using an interactive video overlay system including an automated microscope. The gold standa...

  7. Handheld array-based photoacoustic probe for guiding needle biopsy of sentinel lymph nodes

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    Kim, Chulhong; Todd N. Erpelding; Maslov, Konstantin; Jankovic, Ladislav; Akers, Walter J.; Liang SONG; Achilefu, Samuel; Margenthaler, Julie A.; Pashley, Michael D.; Wang, Lihong V.

    2010-01-01

    By modifying a clinical ultrasound array system, we develop a novel handheld photoacoustic probe for image-guided needle biopsy. The integration of optical fiber bundles for pulsed laser light delivery enables photoacoustic image-guided insertion of a needle into rat axillary lymph nodes with accumulated indocyanine green (ICG). Strong photoacoustic contrast of the needle is achieved. After subcutaneous injection of the dye in the left forepaw, sentinel lymph nodes are easily detected, in viv...

  8. Sentinel lymph node mapping of a breast cancer of the vulva: Case report and literature review

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    Cripe, James; Eskander, Ramez; Tewari, Krishnansu

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    Ectopic breast tissue is rare and typically presents as an axillary mass. Previous reports have identified ectopic breast tissue in the vulva, but malignancy is exceedingly uncommon. We present a 62 years old with locally advanced breast carcinoma arising in the vulva demonstrates the utilization of sentinel lymph node mapping to identify metastatic lymph nodes previously unable to be identified via traditional surgical exploration. Our case supports the principles of adjuvant therapy for bre...

  9. Lymph-scintigraphic identification of sentinel lymph nodes in breast carcinoma and malignant melanoma patients

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    It is the purpose of the study to assay the possibilities of lymphoscintigraphy (LS) in evaluating local lymphatic drainage and sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) location in patients presenting breast carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Twenty-nine women with breast carcinoma (TI-IIa clinical stage, age range 31 to 74 y) and 7 patients with malignant melanoma (Clark III-V) are scanned in the period 1997 through 1998. 99mTc-sulphur colloid (Solco Lymphoscint, SORIN) with mean size of particles 50 nm is used. Planar images are obtained at 20 and 120-180 min after sc injection in the region of primary tumor, at mean radioactivity 20 MBq per injection site in a volume 0.2-0.3 ml. In the breast cancer patients Patent Blue V or Mitoxantrone is injected around the tumor twice - 20 and 3 to 1/2 hours prior to surgery. In malignant melanoma patients immunoscintigraphy using 740 MBq 99mTc-anti-melanoma monoclonal antibodies (Technemab-K-1) is carried out before lymph node dissection. SLNs are visualized in 25 patients (86.2%) with breast cancer. In 21 (72%) patients to 4 SLNs are scanned in level I of the local axillary region, in 4 cases (14%) - in the region of axillary level II, in one female patient (3%) - at axillary level III, and in 3 patients (10%) i psilateral internal mammary lymph nodes are scanned. Two patients are suspected for the so-called skiptype of tumor lymphatic dissemination. In 4 patients no SLN images are visible. In breast carcinoma patients SLN are additionally stained blue and following intraoperative revision, evidence of metastatic involvement is established in 12 instances (41.3%). In 3 patients with melanoma in the abdomen and back SLNs are located in the region of inguinal and axillary lymph node groups, while in 3 patients presenting lesions to the surface of extremities only local lymph nodes draining the melanoma are visualized. Immunoscintigraphy shows enhanced uptake in the region of SLNs in 3 cases with the metastatic changes in them confirmed

  10. Tattoo-pigmented cervical lymph node that masqueraded as the sentinel lymph node in oral squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Pinto, Amith; Wieshmann, Hulya; Triantafyllou, Asterios; Shaw, Richard

    2015-11-01

    We describe a case of a pigmented cervical lymph node mimicking the sentinel node during sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) on a patient with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). The patient had extensive tattoos on his neck. This pigmented lymph node was not identified to be the sentinel lymph node using static and dynamic lymphoscintigraphy. Subsequent histological analysis revealed tattoo pigment within this lymph node. It is important during cervical SLNB to be aware that cutaneous tattoos can pigment lymph nodes. PMID:26188933

  11. Nanoparticles in Sentinel Lymph Node Assessment in Breast Cancer

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    Michael Douek

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The modern management of the axilla in breast cancer relies on surgery for accurate staging of disease and identifying those patients at risk who would benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy. The introduction of sentinel lymph node biopsy has revolutionized axillary surgery, but still involves a surgical procedure with associated morbidity in many patients with no axillary involvement. Nanotechnology encompasses a broad spectrum of scientific specialities, of which nanomedicine is one. The potential use of dual-purpose nanoprobes could enable imaging the axilla simultaneous identification and treatment of metastatic disease. Whilst most applications of nanomedicine are still largely in the laboratory phase, some potential applications are currently undergoing clinical evaluation for translation from the bench to the bedside. This is an exciting new area of research where scientific research may become a reality.

  12. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy (SLNB) for Breast Cancer (BC) - Validation Protocol of the Technique

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    Full text: The sentinel ganglion concept originates in the assumption according to which the primary tumor drains into a specific ganglionar area and then runs through the lymphatic nodes in an orderly, sequential mode. When neoplastic dissemination along the lymphatic pathway occurs, there is an initial invasion of a specific lymph node (rarely more than one) located on the drainage route. That firstly lymph node has been identified as the sentinel node, which mirrors the regional ganglionar status. In order to establish the indication for lymphadenectomy and avoid the situations in which such a surgical procedure would be of no use (N-), the only correct method consists in the identification and biopsy of the sentinel node. Radioactive tracing and/or use of vital staining enable the identification of the regional ganglionar group towards which the primary lesion is draining. The technique of sentinel lymph node identification and biopsy by means of radioactive tracing includes: - pre-surgical lymphoscintigraphy, - identification of the sentinel lymph node and its excisional biopsy, - intra-operative histopathological examination and immunohistochemical stains of the sentinel lymph node. Regional lymphadenectomy serves two major purposes: - diagnosis (axillary lymph node invasion represents an important prognostic factor) and therapeutic (to ensure local control of the disease). Regional lymph node invasion in breast cancer is directly related to the primary tumour size. In the less advanced stages (T1), as there is rarely invasion of the axillary lymph nodes, lymphadenectomy can be avoided in most cases. The paper presents the refinement of the technique, the validation of the method for the identification and biopsy of the sentinel lymph node in breast cancer using Tc99 and the intra-operative use of NEOPROBE 2000 gamma camera at the 'Prof. Dr. Alexandru Trestioreanu' Oncological Institute in Bucharest. 93 patients with primary breast cancer (T1, T2, N0

  13. Cervical lymph node diseases in children

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    Lang, S.; Kansy, B

    2014-01-01

    The lymph nodes are an essential part of the body's immune system and as such are affected in many infectious, autoimmune, metabolic and malignant diseases. The cervical lymph nodes are particularly important because they are the first drainage stations for key points of contact with the outside world (mouth/throat/nose/eyes/ears/respiratory system) - a critical aspect especially among children - and can represent an early clinical sign in their exposed position on a child's slim neck.Involve...

  14. Intravital Microscopy of the Inguinal Lymph Node

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    Sellers, Stephanie L.; Payne, Geoffrey W.

    2011-01-01

    Lymph nodes (LN's), located throughout the body, are an integral component of the immune system. They serve as a site for induction of adaptive immune response and therefore, the development of effector cells. As such, LNs are key to fighting invading pathogens and maintaining health. The choice of LN to study is dictated by accessibility and the desired model; the inguinal lymph node is well situated and easily supports studies of biologically relevant models of skin and genital mucosal infe...

  15. Increased B Regulatory Phenotype in Non-Metastatic Lymph Nodes of Node-Positive Breast Cancer Patients.

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    Mehdipour, F; Razmkhah, M; Hosseini, A; Bagheri, M; Safaei, A; Talei, A-R; Ghaderi, A

    2016-03-01

    Tumour-draining lymph nodes (TDLNs) are centre in orchestrating the immune responses against cancer. The cellularity and lymphocyte subpopulations change in the process of cancer progression and lymph node involvement. B lymphocyte subsets and their function in breast cancer-draining lymph nodes have not been well elucidated. Here, we studied the influence of tumour metastasis on the frequencies of different B cell subsets including naïve and memory B cells as well as those which are known to be enriched in the regulatory pool in TDLNs of 30 patients with breast cancer. Lymphocytes were obtained from a fresh piece of each lymph node and stained for CD19 and other B cell-associated markers and subjected to flow cytometry. Our investigation revealed that metastatic TDLN showed a significant decrease in active, memory and class-switched B cells while the frequencies of B cells with regulatory phenotypes were not changed. However, CD27(hi) CD25(+) and CD1d(hi) CD5(+) B regulatory subsets significantly increased in non-metastatic lymph nodes (nMLNs) of node-positive patients compared with node-negative patients. Our data provided evidence that in breast cancer, metastasis of tumour to axillary lymph nodes altered B cell populations in favour of resting, inactive and unswitched phenotypes. We assume that the lymphatic involvement may cause an increase in a subset of regulatory B cells in non-metastatic lymph nodes. PMID:26708831

  16. Enhancement characteristics of retroperitoneal lymphomatous lymph nodes

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    Hagtvedt, Trond; Smith, Hans-Joergen; Kolbenstvedt, Alf [Dept. of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Oslo Univ. Hospital, Oslo (Norway); Faculty of Medicine, Univ. of Oslo, Oslo (Norway); Aaloekken, Trond Mogens [Dept. of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Oslo Univ. Hospital, Oslo (Norway)], e-mail: trond.mogens.aalokken@rikshospitalet.no; Graff, Bjoern Anton [Div. of Diagnostics, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust, Drammen (Norway); Kongsberg Hospital, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust, Drammen (Norway); Holte, Harald [Dept. of Oncology, Oslo Univ. Hospital, Oslo (Norway)

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    Background: Previous studies of CT enhancement of lymphomatous lymph nodes (LLN) of the neck and the mediastinum showed that the LLN had lower enhancement values than normal lymph nodes. Purpose: To elucidate the contrast medium enhancement curves of LLN in the retroperitoneum by comparing the curves of LLN with those of normal lymph nodes, to test whether differences between these curves could be of diagnostic value, and to compare the present enhancement curves of LLN of the retroperitoneum with the curves of LLN of the neck and the mediastinum from previous similar investigations. Material and Methods: Twenty-eight consecutive patients with LLN of the retroperitoneum (three with Hodgkin's lymphoma [HL]) and 21 control patients with sarcomas and thus presumably normal retroperitoneal nodes underwent dynamic CT examinations. The previous, similar investigation of lymph nodes of the neck comprised 28 patients with LLN and the investigation of mediastinal lymph nodes comprised 24 patients with LLN. Results: The enhancement curves of the retroperitoneal LLN had significantly lower attenuation than those of the retroperitoneal control nodes. A combination of peak contrast value and time to peak adjusted to total body weight yielded a diagnostic accuracy which at the best showed a sensitivity of 90.5% with a specificity of 82.6%. The LLN of the retroperitoneum had higher attenuation values than corresponding nodes of the mediastinum but no significant difference was found between LLN of the retroperitoneum and LLN of the neck in previous similar investigations. Conclusion: The comparison of enhancement curves of retroperitoneal LLN with retroperitoneal control nodes showed a marked similarity with and substantiates our previous findings in lymph nodes of the neck and of the mediastinum. The best diagnostic accuracy was achieved by combining the parameters peak contrast value and time to peak and adjusting these values to the body weight. Peak enhancement of the

  17. A new histological therapeutic classification system to predict eradicated and residual lymph nodes in breast cancer after neoadjuvant chemotherapy

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    MOROHASHI, SATOKO; YOSHIZAWA, TADASHI; SEINO, HIROKO; HIRAI, HIDEAKI; HAGA, TOSHIHIRO; OTA, RIE; Wu, Yunyan; Yoshida, Eri; HAKAMADA, KENICHI; Kijima, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    The indication for neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) has recently broadened to include its use in the treatment of initial stage breast cancer. Axillary lymph node metastasis after NAC in breast cancer is a poor prognostic factor. Thus, the prediction of lymph node metastasis is important to estimate the prognosis of breast cancer patients after NAC. Therefore, we focused on residual carcinoma patterns of primary breast tumors after NAC and examined the correlation between the patterns and lymph...

  18. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in pregnant patients with breast cancer

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    Gentilini, Oreste; Toesca, Antonio; Sangalli, Claudia; Veronesi, Paolo; Galimberti, Viviana [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Senology, Milan (Italy); Cremonesi, Marta; Pedroli, Guido [European Institute of Oncology, Unit of Medical Physics, Milan (Italy); Colombo, Nicola [European Institute of Oncology, Unit of Cardiology, Milan (Italy); Peccatori, Fedro [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Haematology-Oncology, Milan (Italy); Sironi, Roberto [S. Pio X Hospital, Unit of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Milan (Italy); Rotmensz, Nicole [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Milan (Italy); Viale, Giuseppe [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Pathology, Milan (Italy); University of Milan School of Medicine, Milan (Italy); Goldhirsch, Aron [European Institute of Oncology, Department of Medicine, Milan (Italy); Veronesi, Umberto [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Senology, Milan (Italy); European Institute of Oncology, Milan (Italy); Paganelli, Giovanni [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Milano (Italy)

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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is currently not recommended in pregnant patients with breast cancer due to radiation concerns. Twelve pregnant patients with breast cancer received low-dose (10 MBq on average) lymphoscintigraphy using {sup 99m}Tc human serum albumin nanocolloids. The sentinel lymph node (SLN) was identified in all patients. Of the 12 patients, 10 had pathologically negative SLN. One patient had micrometastasis in one of four SLN. One patient had metastasis in the SLN and underwent axillary clearance. From the 12 pregnancies, 11 healthy babies were born with no malformations and normal weight. One baby, whose mother underwent lymphatic mapping during the 26th week of gestation, was operated on at the age of 3 months for a ventricular septal defect and at 43 months was in good health. This malformation was suspected at the morphological US examination during week 21, well before lymphoscintigraphy, and was confirmed a posteriori by a different observer based on videotaped material. No overt axillary recurrence appeared in the patients with negative SLNs after a median follow-up of 32 months. Our experience supports the safety of SLNB in pregnant patients with breast cancer, when performed with a low-dose lymphoscintigraphic technique. (orig.)

  19. Duration of (18)F-FDG avidity in lymph nodes after pandemic H1N1v and seasonal influenza vaccination

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    Thomassen, Anders; Lerberg Nielsen, Anne; Gerke, Oke;

    2011-01-01

    'reference' (i.e. contralateral, non-vaccinated) axillary lymph nodes were evaluated in 61 patients (19 of 61 patients were scanned twice). The maximal intensity in FDG uptake (SUV(max)) in draining lymph nodes was 5 g/ml body weight (BW), whereas the maximal intensity in reference lymph nodes was 1.9 g....../ml BW. The SUV(max) was normalized approximately 40 days after vaccination. No significant enlargement of metabolically active draining lymph nodes could be demonstrated on CT scan. Chemotherapy or immunosuppressive drugs given within 2 weeks from vaccination did not affect SUV(max) in the axillary...

  20. Validation of Six Nomograms for Predicting Non-sentinel Lymph Node Metastases in a Dutch Breast Cancer Population

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    Dingemans, Siem A; de Rooij, Peter D.; van der Vuurst de Vries, Roos M.; Budel, Leo M.; Contant, Caroline M.; van der Pool, Anne E. M.

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    Background The usefulness of axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) in patients with positive sentinel nodes (SN) is still an ongoing debate. Several nomograms have been developed for predicting non-sentinel lymph node metastases (NSLNM). We validated six nomograms using data from 10 years of breast cancer surgery in our hospital. Methods We retrospectively analyzed all patients with a proven breast malignancy and a SN procedure between 2001 and 2011 in our hospital. Results Data from 1084 pat...

  1. Contraindications of sentinel lymph node biopsy: Áre there any really?

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    Zografos George

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background One of the most exciting and talked about new surgical techniques in breast cancer surgery is the sentinel lymph node biopsy. It is an alternative procedure to standard axillary lymph node dissection, which makes possible less invasive surgery and side effects for patients with early breast cancer that wouldn't benefit further from axillary lymph node clearance. Sentinel lymph node biopsy helps to accurately evaluate the status of the axilla and the extent of disease, but also determines appropriate adjuvant treatment and long-term follow-up. However, like all surgical procedures, the sentinel lymph node biopsy is not appropriate for each and every patient. Methods In this article we review the absolute and relative contraindications of the procedure in respect to clinically positive axilla, neoadjuvant therapy, tumor size, multicentric and multifocal disease, in situ carcinoma, pregnancy, age, body-mass index, allergies to dye and/or radio colloid and prior breast and/or axillary surgery. Results Certain conditions involving host factors and tumor biologic characteristics may have a negative impact on the success rate and accuracy of the procedure. The overall fraction of patients unsuitable or with multiple risk factors that may compromise the success of the sentinel lymph node biopsy, is very small. Nevertheless, these patients need to be successfully identified, appropriately advised and cautioned, and so do the surgeons that perform the procedure. Conclusion When performed by an experienced multi-disciplinary team, the SLNB is a highly effective and accurate alternative to standard level I and II axillary clearance in the vast majority of patients with early breast cancer.

  2. Mesenchymal cell differentiation during lymph node organogenesis

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    Brendolan, Andrea; Caamaño, Jorge H.

    2012-01-01

    Secondary lymphoid tissues such as lymph nodes are essential for the interactions between antigen presenting cells and lymphocytes that result in adaptive immune responses that protect the host against invading pathogens. The specialized architecture of these organs facilitates the cognate interactions between antigen-loaded dendritic cells and lymphocytes expressing their specific receptor as well as B–T cell interactions that are at the core of long lasting adaptive immune responses. Lymph ...

  3. Study of the techniques for the sentinel lymph node in breast cancer

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    Axillary lymphadenectomy for the treatment of breast carcinoma can benefit the patient only if there is lymph nodes metastasis. Methods used to evaluate lymph node status were inefficient in the majority of cases of invasive carcinoma. The search for the sentinel lymph node has presented a high negative predictive value. Acknowledge of its use and limitations is important. The objective is the analysis of various techniques to search for sentinel lymph node (SLN). The method: 81 cases of breast carcinoma were studied with clinically negative axilla. Of these, the dyeing technique was used in 36 cases, the probe technique was used in 6 cases and 39 both techniques were used simultaneously. A total axillary dissection was done in every case, except for two. The results were: the SLN was found in 74 cases and of these, 35 with axillary metastases. There were two false-negative results. Of the 36 cases where the dyeing technique was used, the SLN was found in 32 cases and of these, 21 presented axillary metastases and there were one false-negative result. The SLN was found in all 6 cases using the probe technique, two had axillary metastases and there were no false-negative results. The SLN was found in 36 of the 39 cases using the two different techniques. In 34 cases it was found by the two methods and there were one false-negative. In the other two cases there was a disagreement between the two methods and of these, two were false-negative (these two cases are contained in the first six using the probe. Conclusion: the predictive negative value of the SLN is very high in the different techniques and will be used as a method to avoid axillary dissection in certain cases. (author)

  4. Cervical lymph node diseases in children

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    Lang, Stephan; Kansy, Benjamin

    2014-01-01

    [english] The lymph nodes are an essential part of the body’s immune system and as such are affected in many infectious, autoimmune, metabolic and malignant diseases. The cervical lymph nodes are particularly important because they are the first drainage stations for key points of contact with the outside world (mouth/throat/nose/eyes/ears/respiratory system) – a critical aspect especially among children – and can represent an early clinical sign in their exposed position on a child’s slim ne...

  5. Clinical outcomes after sentinel lymph node biopsy in clinically node-negative breast cancer patients

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    Han, Hee Ji; Keun Ki Chang; Suh, Chang Ok; Kim, Yong Bae [Dept.of Radiation Oncology, Yonsei Cancer Center, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ju Ree [Dept.of Radiation Oncology, Cheil General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Nam, Hee Rim [Dept.of Radiation Oncology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    To evaluate non-sentinel lymph node (LN) status after sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) in patients with breast cancer and to identify the predictive factors for disease failure. From January 2006 to December 2007, axillary lymph node (ALN) dissection after SNB was performed for patients with primary invasive breast cancer who had no clinical evidence of LN metastasis. A total of 320 patients were treated with breast-conserving surgery and radiotherapy. The median age of patients was 48 years, and the median follow-up time was 72.8 months. Close resection margin (RM) was observed in 13 patients. The median number of dissected SNB was two, and that of total retrieved ALNs was 11. Sentinel node accuracy was 94.7%, and the overall false negative rate (FNR) was 5.3%. Eleven patients experienced treatment failure. Local recurrence, regional LN recurrence, and distant metastasis were identified in 0.9%, 1.9%, and 2.8% of these patients, respectively. Sentinel LN status were not associated with locoregional recurrence (p > 0.05). Close RM was the only significant factor for disease-free survival (DFS) in univariate and multivariate analysis. The 5-year overall survival, DFS, and locoregional DFS were 100%, 96.8%, and 98.1%, respectively. In this study, SNB was performed with high accuracy and low FNR and high locoregional control was achieved.

  6. Clinical implications of metastatic lymph node ratio in gastric cancer

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    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The 5-year survival rate in patients with gastric cancer is still poor, and lymph node metastasis is considered one of the most important prognostic factors. However, there are controversies in the classification of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer. This study was carried out to investigate whether the metastatic lymph node ratio is a reliable classification of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer in Chinese. Methods 224 cases with gastric cancer with more than D1 dissection were retrospectively reviewed. The association between the total number of resected lymph nodes and the number of metastatic lymph nodes was determined. The prognostic value of the metastastic node ratio, defined as the ratio of the number of metastatic lymph nodes over the total number of resected lymph nodes, and the pN classification was assessed. Results The number of metastatic lymph node increased with the number of total resected lymph nodes. A Cox regression revealed that the metastatic node ratio, the number of metastatic nodes, histological type, and histological growth pattern independently influenced prognosis. The 5-year survival rates were 78%, 61%, 25%, 0% in cases with a metastastic node ratio of 0%, > 0% but 80%, respectively (P P Conclusion The metastatic lymph node ratio is a simple and useful independent prognostic factor. It may obviate possible confounding factors that are related to stage migration, and should be considered as an important component in the lymph node category.

  7. Can high frequency ultrasound predict metastatic lymph nodes in patients with invasive breast cancer?

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    Purpose: Use high frequency ultrasound to predict the presence of metastatic axillary lymph nodes, with a high specificity and positive predictive value, in patients with invasive breast cancer. The clinical aim is to improve the surgical management and possible survival rate of groups of patients who would not normally have conventional axillary dissections. Materials and methods: The ipsilateral and contralateral axillas of 42 consecutive patients with invasive breast cancer were scanned prior to treatment using a B-mode frequency of 13 MHz and a Doppler frequency of 7 MHz. The presence or absence of an echogenic centre for each lymph node detected was recorded, measurements were also taken to determine the L/S (long axis/short axis) ratio of the node and the widest and narrowest part of the cortex. Power Doppler was also used to determine vascularity. The contralateral axilla was used as a control for each patient. Results: In this study of patients with invasive breast cancer, where ipsilateral lymph nodes had a cortical bulge of ≥3 mm and/or at least two lymph nodes had absent echogenic centres, all had disease spread to the axillary lymph nodes (10 patients). Sensitivity and specificity were 52.6% and 100%, respectively, positive and negative predictive values were 100% and 71.9%, respectively, the P-value was 0.001 and the Kappa score was 0.55. Conclusion: This would indicate that high frequency ultrasound could be used to accurately predict metastatic lymph nodes in a proportion of patients with invasive breast cancer, which may alter patient management

  8. Inguinal lymph node metastasis of colon cancer

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    Sloane McGraw

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of adenocarcinoma of colon with unusual metastasis to inguinal lymph nodes. Our patient is a young male with bilateral inguinal lymphadenopathy, bone pains, and jaundice who presented as carcinoma of unknown primary. He was diagnosed as widely metastatic adenocarcinoma of colon for which he received chemotherapy and has had a good response to the treatment.

  9. Para-recurrent lymph node metastasis was a significant predictor for cervical lymph nodes metastasis in thoracic esophageal carcinoma

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    Objective: To evaluate correlation factors of cervical lymph nodes metastasis in thoracic esophageal carcinoma. Methods: Local-regional metastasis of lymph node for 126 cases with esophageal squamous cell cancer after surgery from 2004 to 2009 were reviewed. Risk factors of cervical lymph nodes metastasis were examined by multiple Logistic regression analysis. Results: In 126 cases, supraclavicular lymph node metastasis rate was 43.7% (55/126). By logistic regression, none of the primary site, T stage, N stage, histological grade, lymph node metastasis rate, lymph node metastasis degree and number of lymph nodes metastatic field was not the high risk of cervical lymph nodes metastasis. In addition, multivariate analysis found that lymph node metastasis in mediastinum region 1 was high risk factor for lymph node metastasis of region 1 (χ2 =12.14, 9.27, P =0.000, 0.002), lymph node metastasis in region III and region 2 were high risk factors for lymph node metastasis of region IIa (χ2 =14.56, 8.27, 8.02, 3.93, P =0.000, 0.004, 0.005, 0.047). Conclusion: Mediastinal para-recurrent nerve lymph node metastasis is a significant predictor for cervical lymph nodes metastasis. (authors)

  10. Tumor cell entry into the lymph node is controlled by CCL1 chemokine expressed by lymph node lymphatic sinuses

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    Das, Suvendu; Sarrou, Eliana; Podgrabinska, Simona; Cassella, Melanie; Mungamuri, Sathish Kumar; Feirt, Nikki; Gordon, Ronald; Nagi, Chandandeep S.; Wang, YaRong; Entenberg, David; Condeelis, John; Skobe, Mihaela

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    Lymphatic vessels are thought to contribute to metastasis primarily by serving as a transportation system. It is widely believed that tumor cells enter lymph nodes passively by the flow of lymph. We demonstrate that lymph node lymphatic sinuses control tumor cell entry into the lymph node, which requires active tumor cell migration. In human and mouse tissues, CCL1 protein is detected in lymph node lymphatic sinuses but not in the peripheral lymphatics. CCR8, the receptor for CCL1, is strongl...

  11. Lymph Node Metastases and Prognosis in Penile Cancer

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    Yao Zhu; Ding-wei Ye

    2012-01-01

    Lymph node status is a key prognostic factor in penile squamous cell carcinoma.Recently,growing evidence indicates a multimodality approach consisting of neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by consolidation surgery improves the outcome of locally advanced penile cancer.Thus,accurate estimation of survival probability in node-positive penile cancer is critical for treatment decision making,counseling of patients and follow-up scheduling.This article reviewed evolving developments in assessing the risk for cancer progression based on lymph node related variables,such as the number of metastatic lymph nodes,bilateral lymph node metastases,the ratio of positive lymph nodes,extracapsular extension of metastatic lymph nodes,pelvic lymph node metastases,metastatic deposit in sentinel lymph nodes and N stage in TNM classification.Controversial issues surrounding the prognostic value of these nodal related predictors were also discussed.

  12. Popliteal lymph node metastasis of tibial osteoblastic osteosarcoma

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    2014-01-01

    CONCLUSION: Lymph node metastasis of osteosarcoma is a rare entity and metastatic patterns could not be clearly explained. On the other hand, the effects of lymph node metastasis on prognosis are also not clearly defined and further studies are needed.

  13. The lymph node in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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    Dick, F R; Maca, R D

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    Lymph nodes were examined from 41 cases of typical chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Degree of immaturity was graded as absent to minimal (Grade I), moderate (Grade II) and marked (Grade III). A moderate degree of immaturity was found in the lymph node in 14 of 41 cases even though the cells seen on the initial bone marrow and peripheral blood smears obtained from these patients were essentially all mature. The morphology of these nodes could be confused with poorly differentiated lymphocytic or mixed lymphocytic-histiocytic lymphoma in terms of the degree of immaturity present. A marked degree of immaturity present. A marked degree of immaturity was found in 5 cases; the morphology of these cases resembled histiocytic lymphoma. In the remaining 22 cases immaturity was essentially absent. The morphology of these cases was similar to that of diffuse well differentiated lymphocytic lymphoma. Our studies suggest that a moderate degree of immaturity in the lymph node of patients with CLL does not indicate that these patients will have a marked shortening of their survival. PMID:580071

  14. Experimental studies of metastases of esophageal carcinoma to lymph nodes

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    Marked progress has been made in surgery for esophageal carcinoma, however, when compared to results of surgery for other carcinomas of the digestive tract, much research remains to be done. The author transplanted VX2 carcinoma, a transplantable tumor of the rabbit, to the esophagus in attempt to determine the mode of metastases of esophageal carcinoma to lymph nodes and also to observe the effect of chemotherapy (Bleomycin) and radiotherapy (Betatron). Carcinoma of the cervical esophagus metastasized to the cervical lymph nodes and then to the paratracheal lymph nodes. Carcinoma of the upper thoracic esophagus metastasized to the paratracheal lymph nodes and then to the cervical lymph nodes. Carcinoma of the mid-thoracic esophagus metastasized to the intrathoracic lymph nodes and then to the intraperitoneal lymph nodes. Carcinoma of the abdominal esophagus metastasized to the intraperitoneal lymph nodes and then to the intrathoracic lymph nodes. Skipping metastasis was rarely observed. Carcinoma of the thoracic esophagus with metastases of lymph nodes in the cervical or abdominal portion was considerably advanced, therefore it is considered that cleaning of the intrathoracic lymph nodes and simultaneous chemotherapy are required when such cases are encountered clinically. Irradiation resulted in regression in the size of the tumor and metastases to lymph nodes and there was a decrease in metastases to the distant lymph nodes. Effects of irradiation were similar on tumors and lymph nodes with positive metastases located within the field of irradiation. Bleomycin medication resulted in regression in the size of tumor and metastases to lymph nodes. Effects of Bleomycin medication were similar on tumors and lymph nodes with positive metastases. (auth.)

  15. Methylation signature of lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients

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    Invasion and metastasis are two important hallmarks of malignant tumors caused by complex genetic and epigenetic alterations. The present study investigated the contribution of aberrant methylation profiles of cancer related genes, APC, BIN1, BMP6, BRCA1, CST6, ESR-b, GSTP1, P14 (ARF), P16 (CDKN2A), P21 (CDKN1A), PTEN, and TIMP3, in the matched axillary lymph node metastasis in comparison to the primary tumor tissue and the adjacent normal tissue from the same breast cancer patients to identify the potential of candidate genes methylation as metastatic markers. The quantitative methylation analysis was performed using the SEQUENOM’s EpiTYPER™ assay which relies on matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). The quantitative DNA methylation analysis of the candidate genes showed higher methylation proportion in the primary tumor tissue than that of the matched normal tissue and the differences were significant for the APC, BIN1, BMP6, BRCA1, CST6, ESR-b, P16, PTEN and TIMP3 promoter regions (P<0.05). Among those candidate methylated genes, APC, BMP6, BRCA1 and P16 displayed higher methylation proportion in the matched lymph node metastasis than that found in the normal tissue (P<0.05). The pathway analysis revealed that BMP6, BRCA1 and P16 have a role in prevention of neoplasm metastasis. The results of the present study showed methylation heterogeneity between primary tumors and metastatic lesion. The contribution of aberrant methylation alterations of BMP6, BRCA1 and P16 genes in lymph node metastasis might provide a further clue to establish useful biomarkers for screening metastasis

  16. Sentinel lymph node concept in oral cancer

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    The cervical lymph node (CLN) status is one of the most important prognostic factors in oral cancer. However, the main method of addressing the CLN depends on diagnostic imaging. Sentinel lymph node (SN) biopsy combined with lymphoscintigraphy may be a minimally invasive technique that samples first-echelon lymph node to predict the need for neck dissection. Focused analysis of the SN is highly accurate in identifying metastases. In this study, we investigate the possibility of identifying the SN in oral cancer and the detection of metastases in SN by HE stain, cytokeratin IHC and cytokeratin 17 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Twenty-four consecutive patients who had clinically negative CLN underwent SN biopsy, followed by elective neck dissection. SNs were detected by means of mapping with isotope labeling 99mTc-phytate. All lymph nodes were examined by conventional HE staining for evaluating metastasis. In addition, each SN was cut into multiple sections for cytokeratin IHC staining and for RT-PCR for cytokeratin 17. SNs were identified in 24 (100%) of 24 patients by lymphoscintigraphy and gamma probe. One to seven SNs were identified in each patient. Both HE and immunohistochemical staining of SN identified metastasis in 7 patients (29.2%), and the expression of cytokeratin 17 by RT-PCR of SN was positive in 8 patients (34.8%). No metastases were identified using HE, cytokeratin IHC staining in non-SNs. Neck failure has not developed in 23 (95.8%) of 24 patients. The results strongly suggest the usefulness of the SN concept in oral cancer and for better assessing the status of the CLN. (author)

  17. Generation of Lymph Node-fat Pad Chimeras for the Study of Lymph Node Stromal Cell Origin

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    Benezech, Cecile; Caamano, Jorge H

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    The stroma is a key component of the lymph node structure and function. However, little is known about its origin, exact cellular composition and the mechanisms governing its formation. Lymph nodes are always encapsulated in adipose tissue and we recently demonstrated the importance of this relation for the formation of lymph node stroma. Adipocyte precursor cells migrate into the lymph node during its development and upon engagement of the Lymphotoxin-b receptor switch off adipogenesis and d...

  18. Cost-effectiveness of a 21-gene recurrence score assay versus Canadian clinical practice in women with early-stage estrogen- or progesterone-receptor-positive, axillary lymph-node negative breast cancer

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    A 21-gene recurrence score (RS) assay may inform adjuvant systematic treatment decisions in women with early stage breast cancer. We sought to investigate the cost effectiveness of using the RS-assay versus current clinical practice (CCP) in women with early-stage estrogen- or progesterone-receptor-positive, axilliary lymph-node negative breast cancer (ER+/ PR + LN- ESBC) from the perspective of the Canadian public healthcare system. We developed a Markov model to project the lifetime clinical and economic consequences of ESBC. We evaluated adjuvant therapy separately in post- and pre-menopausal women with ER+/ PR + LN- ESBC. We assumed that the RS-assay would reclassify pre- and post-menopausal women among risk levels (low, intermediate and high) and guide adjuvant systematic treatment decisions. The model was parameterized using 7 year follow up data from the Manitoba Cancer Registry, cost data from Manitoba administrative databases, and secondary sources. Costs are presented in 2010 CAD. Future costs and benefits were discounted at 5%. The RS-assay compared to CCP generated cost-savings in pre-menopausal women and had an ICER of $60,000 per QALY gained in post-menopausal women. The cost effectiveness was most sensitive to the proportion of women classified as intermediate risk by the RS-assay who receive adjuvant chemotherapy and the risk of relapse in the RS-assay model. The RS-assay is likely to be cost effective in the Canadian healthcare system and should be considered for adoption in women with ER+/ PR + LN- ESBC. However, ongoing assessment and validation of the assay in real-world clinical practice is warranted

  19. CT on the distribution of peripancreatic lymph nodes

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    Twelve patients, who were in the past injected thorotrast as the angiographic contrast medium, were examined on CT on the distribution of peripancreatic lymph nodes. Peripancreatic lymph nodes were demonstrated as high density dots on CT. Most peripancreatic lymph nodes were situated along the dorsal surface of the pancreas. Superior pancreatic nodes number 8.0 and splenic hilar nodes 2.4 on the average. These results were comparable with the data obtained from the postmortem examination previously reported. (author)

  20. CT on the distribution of peripancreatic lymph nodes

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    Niwa, K.; Ishikawa, T.; Ishigaki, T. (Nagoya City Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine); Endo, T.; Kido, C.

    1981-10-01

    Twelve patients, who were in the past injected with thorotrast as the angiographic contrast medium, were examined on CT on the distribution of peripancreatic lymph nodes. Peripancreatic lymph nodes were demonstrated as high density dots on CT. Most peripancreatic lymph nodes were situated along the dorsal surface of the pancreas. Superior pancreatic nodes number 8.0 and splenic hilar nodes 2.4 on the average. These results were comparable with the data obtained from the postmortem examination previously reported.

  1. 逆行腋窝淋巴结示踪术对预防乳腺癌术后上肢淋巴水肿的作用探讨%Discussion on Retrograde Tracing Axillary Lymph Node Surgery for Prevention of Upper Extremity Lymphedema after Breast Cancer

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    Objective: TAnalysis of upper limb lymphedema after breast cancer surgery take tracer technique of axillary lymph node in the value of clinical application of retrograde.Methods:50 cases of breast cancer patients in our hospital fromOctober 2008 to January 2013, Divided into the intervention and the control groups, The control group received ALND treatment of patients, The control group received ARM treatment of patients ,compared the Upper extremity lymphedema with the two group.Results:A year after surgery, the incidence of lymphedema in the intervention group was significantly lower than the control group, the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05).Conclusion:Breast cancer patients taking retrograde tracing after axillary lymph node, you can make change significantly reduce the chances of lymphedema.%目的:分析研究乳腺癌术后上肢淋巴水肿采取逆行腋窝淋巴结示踪术的临床应用价值。方法:选取2008年10月~2013年1月在我院接收的患有乳腺癌的病人50例,随机分为干预组、对照组。对照组对病人采取ALND(腋窝淋巴结清扫术)治疗,干预组对病人采取ARM(逆行腋窝淋巴结示踪术)治疗,对干预组和对照组手术以后发生上肢淋巴水肿情况给予分析研究。结果:干预组临床手术成功率96%,手术以后一年,干预组淋巴水肿发生率显著低于对照组,差异具有明显的统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论:乳腺癌采取逆行腋窝淋巴结示踪术以后,可以使发生淋巴水肿的几率明显减少。

  2. Cytological evaluation of enlarged lymph nodes in metastatic disease: A hospital-based assessment

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Lymphadenopathy is a heterogeneous entity with many underlying causes, ranging from self-limiting benign disease to severe neoplastic proliferations. Fine-needle aspiration is a cost-effective and reliable tool for initial investigation of enlarged lymph nodes. Materials and Methods: A study was conducted on 326 patients with metastatic disease in order to evaluate the efficacy of cytology in diagnosing malignancies metastatizing to the lymph node and predicting their primary origin as well as to find the relative frequency of different malignancies. The findings were also correlated with histopathology. Results: Cervical lymph nodes were the most frequently involved group, followed by axillary, supraclavicular, and inguinal lymph nodes. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC and adenocarcinoma were the most common cytological diagnosis. Among the cases with known primary tumors, head and neck was the most common site followed by breast carcinoma. Most common lymph node group to be aspirated in cases with unknown primary was cervical lymph node, and SCC was most frequently diagnosed cases. Sensitivity and positive predictive value of cytological diagnosis were calculated to be 100% and 93.1%, respectively. Conclusion: Fine-needle aspiration cytology has a very high sensitivity and positive predictive value and hence, a presumptive diagnosis can be made along with the detection of the primary site in case of metastatic disease.

  3. High-frequency Ultrasound Imaging of Mouse Cervical Lymph Nodes.

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    Walk, Elyse L; McLaughlin, Sarah L; Weed, Scott A

    2015-01-01

    High-frequency ultrasound (HFUS) is widely employed as a non-invasive method for imaging internal anatomic structures in experimental small animal systems. HFUS has the ability to detect structures as small as 30 µm, a property that has been utilized for visualizing superficial lymph nodes in rodents in brightness (B)-mode. Combining power Doppler with B-mode imaging allows for measuring circulatory blood flow within lymph nodes and other organs. While HFUS has been utilized for lymph node imaging in a number of mouse  model systems, a detailed protocol describing HFUS imaging and characterization of the cervical lymph nodes in mice has not been reported. Here, we show that HFUS can be adapted to detect and characterize cervical lymph nodes in mice. Combined B-mode and power Doppler imaging can be used to detect increases in blood flow in immunologically-enlarged cervical nodes. We also describe the use of B-mode imaging to conduct fine needle biopsies of cervical lymph nodes to retrieve lymph tissue for histological  analysis. Finally, software-aided steps are described to calculate changes in lymph node volume and to visualize changes in lymph node morphology following image reconstruction. The ability to visually monitor changes in cervical lymph node biology over time provides a simple and powerful technique for the non-invasive monitoring of cervical lymph node alterations in preclinical mouse models of oral cavity disease. PMID:26274059

  4. Cat scratch disease and lymph node tuberculosis in a colon patient with cancer

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    Matias, M.; Marques, T.; Ferreira, M.A.; Ribeiro, L.

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    A 71-year-old man operated for a sigmoid tumour remained in the surveillance after adjuvant chemotherapy. After 3 years, a left axillary lymph node was visible on CT scan. The biopsy revealed a necrotising and abscessed granulomatous lymphadenitis, suggestive of cat scratch disease. The patient confirmed having been scratched by a cat and the serology for Bartonella henselae was IgM+/IgG−. Direct and culture examinations for tuberculosis were negative. The patient was treated for cat scratch ...

  5. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with breast ductal carcinoma in situ: Chinese experiences

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    SUN, Xiao; Li, Hao; LIU, YAN-BING; ZHOU, ZHENG-BO; Chen, Peng; Zhao, Tong; WANG, CHUN-JIAN; Zhang, Zhao-Peng; Qiu, Peng-Fei; Wang, Yong-Sheng

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    The axillary treatment of patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) remains controversial. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the roles of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in patients with breast DCIS. A database containing the data from 262 patients diagnosed with breast DCIS and 100 patients diagnosed with DCIS with microinvasion (DCISM) who received SLNB between January 2002 and July 2014 was retrospectively analyzed. Of the 262 patients with DCIS, 9 presented with SLN metas...

  6. HISTOPATHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF LYMPH NODE SINUS CONTAINING BLOOD

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    YIN Tong; JI Xiao-long

    2001-01-01

    This study is to find out the histopathological characteristics of lymph node sinus containing blood. Routine autopsy was carried out in the randomly selected 102 patients(among them,100 patients died of various diseases, and 2 of non-diseased causes),their superficial lymph nodes locating in the bilateral neck, axilla, inguina, thorax and abdomen were sampled. Haematoxylin-eosin staining was performed on 10% formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded lymph node tissue sections(5μm).The histological characteristics of the lymph node sinuses containing blood were observed under light microscope. Among the 1362 lymph nodes sampled from the 100 autopsies, lymph sinuses containing blood were found in 809 lymph nodes sampled from 91 cases, but couldn't be seen in the lymph nodes sampled from the non-diseased cases. According to histology, five kinds of lymph sinuses containing blood were found:vascular-opening sinus, blood-deficient sinus, erythrophago-sinus, blood-abundant sinus, and vascular-formative sinus. It is concluded that in the state of disease, the phenomenon of blood in the lymph sinus is not uncommon. Blood could possibly enter into lymph sinus through lymphatic-venous communications between the veins and sinuses in the node. Lymph circulation and blood circulation could communicate with each other in the lymph sinus.

  7. Sentinel lymph node in 90 patients with breast cancer: patent blue and radio detection evaluation

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    The aim of this study was to ascertain in breast cancer patients i) the accuracy of the sentinel node biopsy to correctly predict the status of the remaining axillary lymph nodes, ii) the feasibility and accuracy of sentinel lymph node (SLN) identification using Radio-detection (RD: preoperative lymphoscintigraphy and per-operative gamma-probe detection) and blue dye lymphatic mapping (BLM). SLN biopsy along with axillary lymphadenectomy was performed on 90 patients with breast cancer. RD and BLM were performed on 90 and 75 patients respectively. Before surgery, the technique involved the injection of Tc99m Rhenium sulfur colloid (37 MBq) into the breast around the tumor, then scintigraphic images were recorded. During surgery, patent blue (2 ml) was injected around the tumor and gamma-probe detection was performed after tumor excision. SLN were found at surgery in 84 of the 90 patients. SLN were identified with RD in 12 of the 15 patients who underwent RD alone. Of the 75 patients who underwent RD and BLM, SLN were identified with both RD and BLM in 56, with only BLM in 5, and with only RD in 11. None of the 3 patients with a negative preoperative lymphoscintigraphy had a positive per-operative radio-detection. Of these 75 patients, 21 had axillary nodal metastasis. SLN were not identified in 2 of these 21 patients (extensive metastatic involvement) and the remaining 19 had SLN metastasis. In 11 of these 21 patients with axillary nodal metastases, SLN were the only metastatic nodes. For optimal localization of the SLN in breast cancer patients, surgeons should use the combined technique of RD and BLM. Thus, SLN were identified in more than 90% of patients and SLN reliably predicted the status of the remaining axillary nodes. (author)

  8. Solitary pancreatic lymph node metastasis from carcinoma of the breast: case report

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    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We report the first case of isolated pancreatic lymph node recurrence in a locally advanced breast cancer patient. Case A 41-year old woman underwent radical mastectomy according to Madden and removal of axillary lymph nodes for multicentric infiltrating ductal carcinoma pathologically staged as pT2N2M0. After six years from primary diagnosis, and four years from the diagnosis of lung recurrence, she developed an isolated metastatic lesion to pancreatic lymph node. After surgical excision of metastasis, hormone therapy with Exemestane was begun. At 16 months of follow-up, the patient appears free of disease. Conclusion Because metastatization to visceral organ carries a very unfavorable prognosis, we think that the clinical significance of the elevation of CA 15.3 serum levels in the early detection of recurrence and in monitoring metastatic disease during follow-up, should be not underestimated.

  9. Lymph Node Metastases in Esophageal Carcinoma: An Endoscopist's View

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    Cho, Jin Woong; Choi, Suck Chei; Jang, Jae Young; Shin, Sung Kwan; Choi, Kee Don; Lee, Jun Haeng; Kim, Sang Gyun; Sung, Jae Kyu; Jeon, Seong Woo; Choi, Il Ju; Kim, Gwang Ha; Jee, Sam Ryong; Lee, Wan Sik; Jung, Hwoon-Yong; ,

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    One of the most important prognostic factors in esophageal carcinoma is lymph node metastasis, and in particular, the number of affected lymph nodes, which influences long-term outcomes. The esophageal lymphatic system is connected longitudinally and transversally; thus, the pattern of lymph node metastases is very complex. Early esophageal cancer frequently exhibits skipped metastasis, and minimal surgery using sentinel node navigation cannot be performed. In Korea, most esophageal cancer ca...

  10. Immunomorphologic lymph node changes in rats bearing experimental breast tumors.

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    In this paper regional lymph nodes draining tumors and also nonregional lymph nodes have been studied at the light- and electron-microscopic levels. These nodes were obtained from rats bearing long-evolving autochthonous breast cancers. They were compared with a control group of the same age. A morphometric quantitative analysis was done to evaluate immunologically competent cell populations. In the experimental group there were no differences between regional and distal lymph nodes in the tu...

  11. Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node detection in patients with breast cancer

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    Objectives: To localize sentinel lymph node (SLN) and to test the hypothesis that the histologic characteristics of the SLN can predict the histologic characteristic of the remaining lymph nodes along the lymphatic chain. To calculate the absorbed dose of patients, doctors and nurses. Methods: Seventy-one patients with early-stage breast cancer underwent SLN localization using filtered technetium-99m labeled sulfur colloid, blue dye, or combination of them. SLN was identified as a blue lymph node and/or a 'hot lymph node' detected by ex vivo gamma probe. A 'hot lymph node' is the lymph node the radioactivity of which was 10 times higher than that of background. Pathological examination was performed with all resected lymph nodes. The approximate absorbed dose of the patients, doctors and nurses was calculated by using MIRD techniques. Results: For patients who were injected with only blue dye, the sensitivity, accuracy and false negative rate was 80.0%, 90.7% and 20.0% respectively. For patients who were injected with only radioactive colloids, the sensitivity, accuracy and false negative rate was 100%, 100% and 0% respectively. For patients who were injected with both blue dye and radioactive colloids, the sensitivity, accuracy and false negative rate was 100%, 100% and 100% respectively. The absorbed dose of breast tissue was 26.52 rad. The absorbed dose of nuclear medicine doctors, surgeons, nurses and pathologists was 1.9x10-2 rad, 9.6x10-3 rad, 3.8x10-4 rad and 9.6x10-3 rad respectively. Conclusions: Lymphatic mapping and SLN biopsy were the most effective when a combination of blue dye and radio-labeled sulfur colloid was used. Radio-labeled sulfur colloid was safe to patients and the medical staff. SLN biopsy had the potential value for avoiding unnecessary axillary lymph nodes resection for patients with early-stage breast cancer

  12. Desempenho da ultra-sonografia na detecção das metástases em linfonodos axilares em mulheres com câncer de mama Performance of ultrasound in the detection of axillary lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients

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    Rodrigo Menezes Jales

    2005-09-01

    morphological (12 and Doppler velocimetry (17 ultrasonographic features, in the detection of lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients. METHODS: 179 women (181 axillary cavities were included in the study from January to December 2004. The ultrasonographic examinations were performed with a real-time linear probe (Toshiba-Power Vision-6000 (model SSA-370A. The morphological parameters were studied with a frequency of 7.5-12 MHz. A frequency of 5 MHz was used for the Doppler velocimetry parameters. Subsequently, the women were submitted to level I, II and III axillary dissection (158, or to the sentinel lymph node technique (23. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values were calculated for each parameter. The decision tree test was used for parameter association. The cutoff points were established by the ROC curve. RESULTS: at least one lymph node was detected in 173 (96% of the women by the ultrasonographic examinations. Histological examination detected lymph node metastases in 87 women (48%. The best sensitivity among the morphological paramenters was found with the volume (62%, the antero-posterior diameter (62% and the fatty hilum placement (56%. Though the specificity of the extracapsular invasion (100%, border regularity (92% and cortex echogenicity (99% were high, the sensitivity of these features was too low. None of the Doppler velocimetry parameters reached 50% sensitivity. The decision tree test selected the ultrasonographic parametners: fatty hilum placement, border regularity and cortex echogenicity, as the best parameter association. CONCLUSION: the detection of axillary cavity lymph node stage by a noninvasive method still remains an unfulfilled goal in the treatment of patients with breast cancer.

  13. Lymphoscintigraphy and intra-operative gamma probe in detection of sentinel lymph node for breast cancer surgery

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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) has been emerged as a highly accurate method of axillary staging in management of breast cancer patients. Sentinel lymph node detection (SLND) by lymphoscintigraphy and intra-operative gamma probe for SLNB have been widely used in the world. Objectives: the purpose of our study was to evaluate the result of techniques using lymphoscintigraphy and intra-operative gamma probe for SLND in breast carcinoma patients. Materials and Methods: 102 patients with early breast carcinoma were enrolled in the study. Lymphoscintigraphy using Tc-99m-human serum albumin colloid, intra-operative gamma probe were undergone for localization and SLNB. Total axillary lymph node was dissected in breast cancer surgery. Results: The success rate of lymphoscintigraphy and SLND was 98.0% (100/102 patients), mean number of sentinel lymph node (SLN)/patient was 1.56 ± 0.79 (ranged 1 - 3), number of lymphatic vessel/SLN was 1.5 ± 0.69 (ranged 1 - 4) and mean time for SLND on lymphoscintigraphy was 4.21 ± 13.4 minutes (2 - 15 minutes). The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and accuracy of radio-guided SLNB for axillary staging was 100%, 70.6%, 41.2%, 100% and 75.6 % respectively. Conclusions: radio-guided SLNB by lymphoscintigraphy and intra-operative gamma probe is feasible and reliable for axillary staging in early breast carcinoma patients. (author)

  14. Greater auricular nerve masquerading as lymph node.

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    Saxena, Shilpi; Deb, Prabal; Nijhawan, Vijay Shrawan; Kharayat, Veena; Verma, Rajesh

    2015-01-01

    Hansen's disease is on the verge of being eliminated from India and often missed by clinicians due to low index of suspicion. We present an unusual case in which greater auricular nerve thickening masqueraded as enlarged lymph node in the neck. The patient was referred for fine needle aspiration cytology, which revealed epithelioid cell granulomas suggestive of Hansen's disease. Further clinical examination and investigations including the skin biopsy confirmed the disease, highlighting the role of pathologist in the management of such unusual presentation of a common disease. PMID:26229249

  15. Feasibility of Sentinel Lymph Node Detection in Nodular Thyroid Disease

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    Background and purpose: Sentinel lymph node biopsy has been proven to be successful and accurate in predicting the nodal status in melanoma and breast cancer. Occult lymph node metastases are common in well differentiated thyroid cancer (WDTC). Although the prognostic significance of these occult lymph node metastases remains controversial, identifying these patients may help direct therapy. The purpose of the study was to assess the technical feasibility and the safety of the sentinel lymph node biopsy in uni-nodular thyroid disease. Methods: Patients of previously untreated benign solitary thyroid nodule, diagnosed preoperatively by fine needle aspiration cytology without any palpable cervical lymph node were prospectively studied. The nodule was injected with iso sulfan blue vital dye. Blue stained lymphatics were traced. Then, hemi thyroidectomy was per-formed. Results: A total of 30 patients underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy; lymph tics were observed in 23 patients and sentinel lymph nodes were found in 18. In 5 patients, blue stained lymphatics were traced to the outside of the central compartment but no sentinel lymph node was identified. Sentinel lymph nodes were located in the central compartment in 14 cases, in the lateral compartment in 3 cases and in one patient 2 sentinel lymph nodes were found in both the central and the lateral compartments. Overall detection of sentinel lymph nodes was possible in 60% of cases. There were no intra or postoperative complications. Conclusions: The role of sentinel lymph node biopsy has yet to be determined in the thyroid setting. Certainly the technique can be performed safely, but its accuracy needs further refinement and investigation on larger series of patients before it can be recommended in the routine management of thyroid neoplasia. Key Words: Sentinel node - Biopsy - Solitary thyroid nodule

  16. Preoperative diagnosis of lymph node metastasis in thoracic esophageal cancer

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    From 1994 to 1995, to evaluate the utility of preoperative CT, EUS (endoscopic ultrasonography) and US in the diagnosis of lymph node metastasis in thoracic esophageal cancer, 94 patients with thoracic esophageal cancer who underwent esophagectomy were studied clinicopathologically. The sensitivity of EUS diagnosis of upper mediastinal lymph node metastasis (85%), left-sided paragastrin lymph node metastasis (73-77%), and especially lower paraesophageal lymph node metastasis (100%) were good. But due to their low-grade specificity in EUS diagnosis, their overall accuracy was not very good. On the other hand, the overall accuracy of the CT diagnosis of lymph node metastasis was fine. However, sensitivity, the most important clinical factor in the CT diagnosis of lymph node metastasis was considerably inferior to EUS. The assessment of the diagnosis of lymph node metastasis around the tracheal bifurcation and the pulmonary hilum and the left para-cardial lesion by CT or EUS was poor. It was concluded that lymph node metastasis of these area must be the pitfall in preoperative diagnosis. The average diameter of the lymph nodes and the proportion of cancerous tissue in the lymph nodes diagnosed as metastatic lymph nodes by CT was larger than that of the false negative lymph nodes. However, the lymph nodes diagnosed as true positives by EUS showed no such tendency. This must be the reason the sensitivity of the EUS diagnosis and specificity of the CT diagnosis were favorable, but the specificity of the EUS diagnosis and especially the sensitivity of the CT diagnosis were not as good. (author)

  17. Detection of micrometastases in bone marrow and sentinel lymph nodes of breast cancer patients

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    Jia Zhao; Xiaoan Liu; Lijun Ling

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    Objective: To study the sensitivity and clinical significance of HE-staining,IHC and RT-PCR in detecting breast cancer micrometastases in bone marrow and sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs). Methods:After general anesthesia, all patients underwent bone marrow puncture and sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) by 1% isosulfan blue, and then HE-staining,IHC and RT-PCR were used to detect micrometastases. Results:Of 62 patients with breast cancer whose axillary lymph nodes showed negative HE-staining results, 15 cases presented with positive RT-PCR and 9 cases showed positive IHC results positive in bone marrow micrometastases detection. PT-PCR and IHC showed good uniformity(kappa=0.6945)and there was significant difference in detective rate between these two methods (χ2=4.1667,P=0.0412). In SLN samples, 13 showed positive RT-PCR results, while 7 showed positive IHC results. PT-PCR and IHC showed good uniformity (kappa=0.6483)and significant difference was also found in detective rate between these two methods (χ2=4.1667,P=0.0412). Both bone marrow and SLN samples were RT-PCR positive in 3 cases,which indicated that bone marrow micrometastases did not always accompany SLN micrometastases(χ2=0.067,P=0.796). Conclusion: Even if no axillary lymph node involvement or distant metastases are present in routine preoperative examination, micrometastases can still be detected in bone marrow or SLNs. Because the bone marrow micrometastases and axillary node micrometastses are not present simultaneously, combination test of multiple indicators will detect micrometastases more accurately.

  18. Lymph Node Metastasis in Breast Carcinoma: Clinico pathologic Correlations in 3747 Patients

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    Histological axillary node involvement (ANI) evaluated by axillary dissection remains the most accurate predictive factor for patients with invasive breast cancer. Axillary node involvement implies the necessity of systemic adjuvant treatment and locoregional irradiation. Aim of the study: Is to detect the relative frequency of node positivity in relation to histopathology through studying a large mastectomy series. Material and methods: This study included 3747 mastectomy specimens performed at NCI Cairo in the period 1993-2003. In each case we assessed the age at time of diagnosis, pathologic tumor size and number, histologic subtype (including grade), tumor location, number of lymph nodes dissected and number of positive nodes (burden of node positivity). Females constituted 96.8% of cases, 60.7% of them were premenopausal. The mean age was 47.l ± 10.5 years. Tumor size ranged from 0.5 to 20 cm. The global ANI rate in the entire cohort was 70.6%. ]n univariate analysis, five variables were significantly correlated to ANI, these were laterality, multiplicity. tumor size, histologic subtype and grade, while multiplicity, tumor size, histologic subtype and grade correlated significantly with metastatic burden. Multivariate analysis showed that older women (40-60 and> 60 years) have at least half the risk of developing LN metastasis compared to those 2 em put the women with breast cancer at 3 (if 2 -5 cm) to 9 (if> 5 cm) folds of developing lymph node (LN) metastasis. Tumor size> 5 em increases the likelihood of higher metastatic burden (> 3 +ve nodes) with odds of I. 5 (1.24-1. 9). Unfavorable histology also, increases the likelihood of more positive nodes to the double when compared to favourable histology. The result of this study reflected the unfortunate presentation of breast cancer patients. In addition, some factors could be used as useful guidelines in the management of those patients. These factors include age, tumor size and histologic type of the tumor

  19. Lymph Node Metastasis of Gastric Cancer

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    Akagi, Tomonori, E-mail: tomakagi@med.oita-u.ac.jp [Oita University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, 1-1 Idaigaoka, Hasama-machi, Oita 879-5593 (Japan); Shiraishi, Norio [Surgical division, Center for community medicine, Oita University, 1-1 Idaigaoka, Hasama-machi, Oita 879-5593 (Japan); Kitano, Seigo [Oita University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, 1-1 Idaigaoka, Hasama-machi, Oita 879-5593 (Japan)

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    Despite a decrease in incidence in recent decades, gastric cancer is still one of the most common causes of cancer death worldwide [1]. In areas without screening for gastric cancer, it is diagnosed late and has a high frequency of nodal involvement [1]. Even in early gastric cancer (EGC), the incidence of lymph node (LN) metastasis exceeds 10%; it was reported to be 14.1% overall and was 4.8 to 23.6% depending on cancer depth [2]. It is important to evaluate LN status preoperatively for proper treatment strategy; however, sufficient results are not being obtained using various modalities. Surgery is the only effective intervention for cure or long-term survival. It is possible to cure local disease without distant metastasis by gastrectomy and LN dissection. However, there is no survival benefit from surgery for systemic disease with distant metastasis such as para-aortic lymph node metastasis [3]. Therefore, whether the disease is local or systemic is an important prognostic indicator for gastric cancer, and the debate continues over the importance of extended lymphadenectomy for gastric cancer. The concept of micro-metastasis has been described as a prognostic factor [4-9], and the biological mechanisms of LN metastasis are currently under study [10-12]. In this article, we review the status of LN metastasis including its molecular mechanisms and evaluate LN dissection for the treatment of gastric cancer.

  20. Lymph Node Metastasis of Gastric Cancer

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    Despite a decrease in incidence in recent decades, gastric cancer is still one of the most common causes of cancer death worldwide [1]. In areas without screening for gastric cancer, it is diagnosed late and has a high frequency of nodal involvement [1]. Even in early gastric cancer (EGC), the incidence of lymph node (LN) metastasis exceeds 10%; it was reported to be 14.1% overall and was 4.8 to 23.6% depending on cancer depth [2]. It is important to evaluate LN status preoperatively for proper treatment strategy; however, sufficient results are not being obtained using various modalities. Surgery is the only effective intervention for cure or long-term survival. It is possible to cure local disease without distant metastasis by gastrectomy and LN dissection. However, there is no survival benefit from surgery for systemic disease with distant metastasis such as para-aortic lymph node metastasis [3]. Therefore, whether the disease is local or systemic is an important prognostic indicator for gastric cancer, and the debate continues over the importance of extended lymphadenectomy for gastric cancer. The concept of micro-metastasis has been described as a prognostic factor [4-9], and the biological mechanisms of LN metastasis are currently under study [10-12]. In this article, we review the status of LN metastasis including its molecular mechanisms and evaluate LN dissection for the treatment of gastric cancer

  1. Nanoparticle Transport from Mouse Vagina to Adjacent Lymph Nodes

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    Byron Ballou; Andreko, Susan K.; Elvira Osuna-Highley; Michael McRaven; Tina Catalone; Bruchez, Marcel P.; Hope, Thomas J.; Labib, Mohamed E.

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    To test the feasibility of localized intravaginal therapy directed to neighboring lymph nodes, the transport of quantum dots across the vaginal wall was investigated. Quantum dots instilled into the mouse vagina were transported across the vaginal mucosa into draining lymph nodes, but not into distant nodes. Most of the particles were transported to the lumbar nodes; far fewer were transported to the inguinal nodes. A low level of transport was evident at 4 hr after intravaginal instillation,...

  2. Computed tomography of neck lymph nodes involved with malignant lymphoma

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    CT images of 24 patients with head and neck lymphoma were retrospectively reviewed, compared with ultrasonograms, and compared with CT images of 13 patients with lymph node metastases. In nine (38%) of 24 patients, some lymph nodes with lymphomatous involvement showed a spotty or linear pattern of contrast enhancement. In two of these nine patients, a dendritic pattern of contrast enhancement between multiple enlarged lymph nodes was observed. The same pattern appeared as spotty, linear, or dendritic hyperechoic areas on the ultrasonogram. None of 13 patients with lymph node metastases showed a spotty, linear, or dendritic pattern of contrast enhancement. Ten of 13 (77%) showed ring-like contrast enhancement on CE-CT images. The spotty or linear contrast enhancement in enlarged lymph nodes and the dendritic contrast enhancement in confluent lymph nodes could be useful CT findings in diagnosing nodal involvement with malignant lymphoma. (author)

  3. Adjuvant radiotherapy for melanoma metastatic to axillary and inguinal nodes: Regional tumor control and late effects

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    Ahmed SK

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Adjuvant radiotherapy reduces nodal recurrence in metastatic melanoma. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of adjuvant radiotherapy on in-field nodal control of melanoma metastatic to axillary and inguinal lymph nodes. Methods: The medical records of patients who received adjuvant radiotherapy from January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2011, at Mayo Clinic were reviewed. Results: In the 20 patients identified, the rates of 2-year overall survival, nodal control, and freedom from distant metastases were 53%, 54%, and 44%, respectively. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy was used in 15 patients (75% and 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy in 5 (25%. Disease progression was documented in 13 patients, with a total of 10 distant metastases and 6 in-field nodal recurrences. Treatment complications occurred in 14 patients: lymphedema, 9; lymphedema and fibrosis, 1; lymphedema and wound dehiscence, 1; wound dehiscence, 1; lymphedema and seroma, 1; and lymphedema, seroma, and fibrosis, 1. Conclusion: Patients with axillary and inguinal nodal metastases from melanoma have poor overall survival. Surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy provided a 54% nodal control rate. No plexopathy or grade 3 lymphedema complications were seen; however, 20% developed wound dehiscence.

  4. Modeling lymphocyte homing and encounters in lymph nodes

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    Bernaschi Massimo; Paci Paola; Baldazzi Valentina; Castiglione Filippo

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background The efficiency of lymph nodes depends on tissue structure and organization, which allow the coordination of lymphocyte traffic. Despite their essential role, our understanding of lymph node specific mechanisms is still incomplete and currently a topic of intense research. Results In this paper, we present a hybrid discrete/continuous model of the lymph node, accounting for differences in cell velocity and chemotactic response, influenced by the spatial compartmentalization...

  5. Uncommon applications of sentinel lymph node mapping: urogenital cancers

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    Beside the classical applications of sentinel lymph node mapping, some new procedures are emerging and showing feasibility and clinical utility. In this chapter, we will report on sentinel lymph node mapping in 1) malignancies of the female reproductive system (cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, vulvar cancer and ovarian cancer); 2) malignancies of the male reproductive system (prostate cancer, penile cancer and testicular cancer); 3) malignancies in kidney and bladder. This paper presents the uncommon applications of sentinel lymph node mapping in urogenital neoplasms.

  6. Sentinel lymph nodes in cancer of the oral cavity

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    Thomsen, Jørn Bo; Sørensen, Jens Ahm; Krogdahl, Annelise

    2005-01-01

    with T1/T2 cN0 oral cancer were re-classified histologically to find possible ITC and to describe technical pitfalls. RESULTS: Primarily we found metastatic spread in 12 of 108 sentinel lymph nodes: five macrometastasis and seven micrometastasis. After re-classification, we found seven lymph nodes with......BACKGROUND: Sentinel lymph node biopsy, step sectioning and immunohistochemistry have changed detection of tumour deposits. Isolated tumour cells (ITC) are detected more frequently than earlier because of a changed level of detection. METHODS: A total of 108 sentinel lymph nodes from 30 patients...

  7. Validation of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center nomogram for predicting non-sentinel lymph node metastasis in sentinel lymph node-positive breast-cancer patients

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    Bi X

    2015-02-01

    MSKCC nomogram can provide an accurate prediction of the probability of non-SLN metastasis, and offers a reference basis about axillary lymph node dissection. Axillary lymph node dissection could be avoided in patients with predictive values lower than 10%. Keywords: MSKCC nomogram, probability, SLN, axillary lymph node dissection, risk factors

  8. Does breast radiographic appearance influence success of sentinel lymph node biopsy?

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    Full text: Controversy exists regarding the influence of sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping technique or patient and disease variables on the success rate of SLN mapping. Faint uptake by lymph node on scintigraphy and gamma probe localization may hamper SLN identification. The aim of the study was to investigate whether radiological breast density affects the uptake of the colloid in SLN and subsequent rate of SLN identification in breast cancer patients. Sentinel node mapping, using radioisotope method, was performed in 102 patients with T1/T2 breast cancer having clinically negative axilla. In all cases a standard labelling of nano colloid and peritumoral administration was performed. Lymph node uptake was evaluated by a 4-step visual score (1- absent, 2- weak, 3- clear, 4- intense) using quantification of counts at 4 h in the SLN. Patients were divided in groups according to Wolfe's classification of mammographic parenchymal patterns: N1 (almost radiolucent breast because of a high proportion of fat; n=37), P1 (predominantly fat by radiography breast with 15% to 25% serpiginous parenchyma densities; n=21), P2 (linear nodular densities occupies more than 25% of the cone of the breast; n=30), DY (radiographically dense breast with homogeneous sheets of density; n=14). Lymphoscintigraphy showed axillary SLN in 93 (91%) and parasternal SLN in 21 (21%) patients. No SLN were visualized in 6 (6%) patients. All patients underwent SLN biopsy followed by complete axillary node dissection. There was a concordance between the SLN and axillary node status in 93 (97%) of 96 cases. The false negative rate of SLN biopsy was 3.1% (3/96). N1 mammographic pattern and patients' age (?60 years) significantly correlated with absent/weak SLN uptake and lower mean count ratio. The tumor size, histological node status, tumor location, histological type, lymphovascular invasion were not associated with SLN visualization and identification rate. The study suggests that SLN biopsy is highly

  9. Axillary node metastatic carcinoma without definitive primary: a case report

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    Spencer R. Anderson

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Cancer of unknown primary (CUP is the finding of a metastatic cancerous lesion without an established primary source localized within the body. CUP can be of any cancer cell type, however, adenocarcinoma is most often identified by histology. Up to 5% of all malignant diagnoses are classified as CUP. PET is an imaging modality often utilized to distinguish a primary source in the setting of CUP, yet often a primary is never identified. CUP can be further stratified using specific qualifiers as favorable and unfavorable, indicating the potential therapeutic response to treatment regimens. Treatment approach to CUP relies heavily on the cell type identified by histology, the location of the lesion, and the amount of spread within the body. In the typical setting and presentation, per current literature, CUP arises in the 7th decade of life in patients with multiple comorbidities, and often has a poor prognostic value. This case report identifies an atypical presentation of CUP, a 38-year-old Caucasian female with an axillary mobile mass, and no associated systemic symptoms. Biopsy of the node and immunohistochemical staining showed histology consistent with metastatic carcinoma. Mammography, MRI, and PET scan found no evidence of tumor primary or distant metastasis. Further staining confirmed metastatic carcinoma consistent with breast origin, without an established breast primary. As in this case, CUP may present in an atypical manner, warranting a thorough investigation aiming to identify the tumor primary to aid in identification of a proper treatment regimen and approach.

  10. The surgical importance of an axillary arch in sentinel node biopsy.

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    Ridgway, P F

    2011-03-01

    When Carl Langer described the aberrant axillary arch in 1846 its relevance in sentinel node biopsy (SNB) surgery could not have been contemplated. The authors define an incidence and elucidate relevance of the arch in SNB of the axilla.

  11. Spectrum of axillary disorders (excluding metastasis from breast cancer): radiological and pathological correlation: a pictorial essay

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    Kim, Ho Jun; Kim, Keum Won; Park, Yong Sung; Chung, Dong Jin; Cho, Young Jun; Hwang, Cheol Mog; Yoo, Hyeun Mi; Kim, Yoon Mee [Konyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Mee Ran [Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-12-15

    Axillary disorders originate from an axillary lymph node, subcutaneous fat layer, accessory breast, nerve, vessel and muscle. The most common causes of a palpable axillary mass are a lymph node pathology containing a benign axillary lymphadenopathy, and malignant lymph nodes such as a metastatic lymphadenopathy from breast cancer and a malignant lymphoma. For the detection of masses in the axilla, mammography and sonography are the imaging modalities of choice. We present a spectrum of various axillary masses with correlative radiological imaging and pathological findings in this pictorial essay. Knowledge of the radiological findings of various axillary disorders is useful for a differential diagnosis and for preventing unnecessary invasive procedures.

  12. Spectrum of axillary disorders (excluding metastasis from breast cancer): radiological and pathological correlation: a pictorial essay

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    Axillary disorders originate from an axillary lymph node, subcutaneous fat layer, accessory breast, nerve, vessel and muscle. The most common causes of a palpable axillary mass are a lymph node pathology containing a benign axillary lymphadenopathy, and malignant lymph nodes such as a metastatic lymphadenopathy from breast cancer and a malignant lymphoma. For the detection of masses in the axilla, mammography and sonography are the imaging modalities of choice. We present a spectrum of various axillary masses with correlative radiological imaging and pathological findings in this pictorial essay. Knowledge of the radiological findings of various axillary disorders is useful for a differential diagnosis and for preventing unnecessary invasive procedures

  13. Lymphocyte migration into syngeneic implanted lymph nodes

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    To judge the functional activity of lymphocytes of an implanted lymph node (LN), the proliferative response of lymphocytes of the implanted organ in the blast-transformation reaction in vitro and their ability to induce a local graft versus host reaction (GVHR) were determined. The lymphocyte suspension for labeling with 51Cr was obtained from peripheral LN in different situations from syngeneic mice. The resulting lymphocyte suspension was labeled with a solution of sodium chromate-51Cr in a concentration of 20-40 microCi/100.106 cells in 1 ml for 40 min at 370C. The proliferative activity of a suspension of lymphocytes was estimated as incorporation of 3H-thymidine into DNA during incubation of the cell suspension for 3 days. Data on migration of 51Cr-labeled cells and the results of the morphological observations revealed marked ability of lymphocytes of the peripheral pool to colonize the regenerating stroma

  14. Endoscopic ultrasound: Elastographic lymph node evaluation.

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    Dietrich, Christoph F; Jenssen, Christian; Arcidiacono, Paolo G; Cui, Xin-Wu; Giovannini, Marc; Hocke, Michael; Iglesias-Garcia, Julio; Saftoiu, Adrian; Sun, Siyu; Chiorean, Liliana

    2015-01-01

    Different imaging techniques can bring different information which will contribute to the final diagnosis and further management of the patients. Even from the time of Hippocrates, palpation has been used in order to detect and characterize a body mass. The so-called virtual palpation has now become a reality due to elastography, which is a recently developed technique. Elastography has already been proving its added value as a complementary imaging method, helpful to better characterize and differentiate between benign and malignant masses. The current applications of elastography in lymph nodes (LNs) assessment by endoscopic ultrasonography will be further discussed in this paper, with a review of the literature and future perspectives. PMID:26374575

  15. Management of the Regional Lymph Nodes Following Breast-Conservation Therapy for Early-Stage Breast Cancer: An Evolving Paradigm

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    Warren, Laura E.G. [Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, Boston, Massachusetts (United States); Punglia, Rinaa S.; Wong, Julia S. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Brigham and Women' s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts (United States); Bellon, Jennifer R., E-mail: jbellon@lroc.harvard.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Brigham and Women' s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts (United States)

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    Radiation therapy to the breast following breast conservation surgery has been the standard of care since randomized trials demonstrated equivalent survival compared to mastectomy and improved local control and survival compared to breast conservation surgery alone. Recent controversies regarding adjuvant radiation therapy have included the potential role of additional radiation to the regional lymph nodes. This review summarizes the evolution of regional nodal management focusing on 2 topics: first, the changing paradigm with regard to surgical evaluation of the axilla; second, the role for regional lymph node irradiation and optimal design of treatment fields. Contemporary data reaffirm prior studies showing that complete axillary dissection may not provide additional benefit relative to sentinel lymph node biopsy in select patient populations. Preliminary data also suggest that directed nodal radiation therapy to the supraclavicular and internal mammary lymph nodes may prove beneficial; publication of several studies are awaited to confirm these results and to help define subgroups with the greatest likelihood of benefit.

  16. Management of the Regional Lymph Nodes Following Breast-Conservation Therapy for Early-Stage Breast Cancer: An Evolving Paradigm

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    Radiation therapy to the breast following breast conservation surgery has been the standard of care since randomized trials demonstrated equivalent survival compared to mastectomy and improved local control and survival compared to breast conservation surgery alone. Recent controversies regarding adjuvant radiation therapy have included the potential role of additional radiation to the regional lymph nodes. This review summarizes the evolution of regional nodal management focusing on 2 topics: first, the changing paradigm with regard to surgical evaluation of the axilla; second, the role for regional lymph node irradiation and optimal design of treatment fields. Contemporary data reaffirm prior studies showing that complete axillary dissection may not provide additional benefit relative to sentinel lymph node biopsy in select patient populations. Preliminary data also suggest that directed nodal radiation therapy to the supraclavicular and internal mammary lymph nodes may prove beneficial; publication of several studies are awaited to confirm these results and to help define subgroups with the greatest likelihood of benefit

  17. Assessment of lymph node involvement in colorectal cancer

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    Ong, Mark L H; Schofield, John B.

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    Lymph node metastasis informs prognosis and is a key factor in deciding further management, particularly adjuvant chemotherapy. It is core to all contemporary staging systems, including the widely used tumor node metastasis staging system. Patients with node-negative disease have 5-year survival rates of 70%-80%, implying a significant minority of patients with occult lymph node metastases will succumb to disease recurrence. Enhanced staging techniques may help to identify this subset of pati...

  18. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer and melanoma

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    Doting, Meintje Hylkje Edwina

    2007-01-01

    Summary and conclusions In the introduction, a short overview of the development of the sentinel lymph node biopsy concept is presented. In addition to melanoma and breast cancer, the usefulness of sentinel lymph node biopsy as a surgical assessment method for squamous cell carcinoma of penis and vu

  19. A case report of giant retroperitoneal lymph node hyperplasia

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    Park, Hae Won [Korea General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1985-08-15

    Giant lymph node hyperplasias are an uncommon entity. They are difficult to image on plain film. The CT appearance of this condition has been described in recent radiologic literature. In this case report, combination of ultrasonogram and CT permitted differentiated of other space occupying lesions from giant retroperitoneal lymph node hyperplasia.

  20. A case report of giant retroperitoneal lymph node hyperplasia

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    Giant lymph node hyperplasias are an uncommon entity. They are difficult to image on plain film. The CT appearance of this condition has been described in recent radiologic literature. In this case report, combination of ultrasonogram and CT permitted differentiated of other space occupying lesions from giant retroperitoneal lymph node hyperplasia

  1. Sentinel lymph nodes in cancer of the oral cavity

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    Thomsen, Jørn Bo; Christensen, Rikke Kølby; Sørensen, Jens Ahm;

    2007-01-01

    when compared with (B) step-sectioning and immunostaining of the entire sentinel lymph node at 250 microM levels. METHODS: Forty patients with T1/T2 cN0 oral cancer were enrolled. Three patients were excluded. In one patient no sentinel lymph node was identified. The remaining two had unidentified...

  2. Process of distant lymph node metastasis in colorectal carcinoma: Implication of extracapsular invasion of lymph node metastasis

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    Asao Takayuki; Tsutsumi Soichi; Yamaguchi Satoru; Yajima Reina; Tabe Yuichi; Fujii Takaaki; Kuwano Hiroyuki

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background We previously demonstrated that extracapsular invasion (ECI) at a metastatic sentinel node was significantly associated with the presence of positive non-sentinel nodes in patients with breast cancer. However, the mechanism of metastatic spreading of tumor cells to distant lymph nodes in patients with colorectal carcinoma is not fully understood. In this study, we investigated the factors that may determine the likelihood of additional regional lymph node metastasis when m...

  3. Sentinel lymph nodes detection with an imaging system using Patent Blue V dye as fluorescent tracer

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    Tellier, F.; Steibel, J.; Chabrier, R.; Rodier, J. F.; Pourroy, G.; Poulet, P.

    2013-03-01

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy is the gold standard to detect metastatic invasion from primary breast cancer. This method can help patients avoid full axillary chain dissection, thereby decreasing the risk of morbidity. We propose an alternative to the traditional isotopic method, to detect and map the sentinel lymph nodes. Indeed, Patent Blue V is the most widely used dye in clinical routine for the visual detection of sentinel lymph nodes. A Recent study has shown the possibility of increasing the fluorescence quantum yield of Patent Blue V, when it is bound to human serum albumin. In this study we present a preclinical fluorescence imaging system to detect sentinel lymph nodes labeled with this fluorescent tracer. The setup is composed of a black and white CCD camera and two laser sources. One excitation source with a laser emitting at 635 nm and a second laser at 785 nm to illuminate the region of interest. The prototype is operated via a laptop. Preliminary experiments permitted to determine the device sensitivity in the μmol.L-1 range as regards the detection of PBV fluorescence signals. We also present a preclinical evaluation performed on Lewis rats, during which the fluorescence imaging setup detected the accumulation and fixation of the fluorescent dye on different nodes through the skin.

  4. Comparison between hemosiderin and Technetium-99 in sentinel lymph node biopsy in human breast cancer

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    Vasques, Paulo Henrique Diogenes; Aquino, Ranniere Gurgel Furtado de; Pinheiro, Luiz Gonzaga Porto, E-mail: luizgporto@uol.com.br [Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). Departamento de Cirurgia; Alves, Mayara Maia [Rede Nordeste de Biotecnologia (RENORBIO/UFC), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil); Torres, Roberto Vitor Almeida; Bezerra, Jose Lucas Martins [Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina; Brasileiro, Luis Porto [Faculdades INTA, Sobral, CE (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina

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    Purpose: To assess the safety and potential equivalence of the use of hemosiderin compared to the Technetium-99 in sentinel lymph node biopsy in human breast cancer. Methods: Non-random sample of 14 volunteer women diagnosed with breast cancer with primary tumors (T1/T2) and clinically tumor-free axilla were submitted to the identification of sentinel lymph node using hemosiderin obtained from autologous blood injected in the periareolar region 24h before surgery on an outpatient basis. Patients received preoperative subareolar intradermal injection of Technetium-99 in the immediate preoperative period. Patients were submitted to sentinel lymph node biopsy, with incision in the axillary fold guided by Gamma-Probe, dissection by planes until the identification of the point of maximum uptake of Technetium-99, identifying the marked nodes and their colors. All surgical specimens were sent for pathological and immunohistochemical study. Results: The results showed no evidence of side effects and/or allergic and non-allergic reactions in patients submitted to SLNB with hemosiderin. The SLN identification rate per patient was 100%. SLNB identification rate per patient with hemosiderin was the same as that of Technetium, with a concordance rate of 100% between the methods. Conclusion: Hemosiderin is a safe dye that is equivalent to Technetium in breast sentinel lymph node biopsy. (author)

  5. Comparison between hemosiderin and Technetium-99 in sentinel lymph node biopsy in human breast cancer

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    Purpose: To assess the safety and potential equivalence of the use of hemosiderin compared to the Technetium-99 in sentinel lymph node biopsy in human breast cancer. Methods: Non-random sample of 14 volunteer women diagnosed with breast cancer with primary tumors (T1/T2) and clinically tumor-free axilla were submitted to the identification of sentinel lymph node using hemosiderin obtained from autologous blood injected in the periareolar region 24h before surgery on an outpatient basis. Patients received preoperative subareolar intradermal injection of Technetium-99 in the immediate preoperative period. Patients were submitted to sentinel lymph node biopsy, with incision in the axillary fold guided by Gamma-Probe, dissection by planes until the identification of the point of maximum uptake of Technetium-99, identifying the marked nodes and their colors. All surgical specimens were sent for pathological and immunohistochemical study. Results: The results showed no evidence of side effects and/or allergic and non-allergic reactions in patients submitted to SLNB with hemosiderin. The SLN identification rate per patient was 100%. SLNB identification rate per patient with hemosiderin was the same as that of Technetium, with a concordance rate of 100% between the methods. Conclusion: Hemosiderin is a safe dye that is equivalent to Technetium in breast sentinel lymph node biopsy. (author)

  6. Effects of transuranics on pulmonary lymph nodes of rodents

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    Pulmonary lymph nodes have been suggested as the ''critical'' tissue for insoluble, inhaled transuranic compounds owing to the high concentration of transuranics in these lymph nodes. About 800 rats were given from 0.2 to 3600 nCi of 238PuO2 or 239PuO2 by inhalation, intratracheal instillation, intrapleural injection, or intraperitoneal injection. From about 1 to 10 percent of deposited plutonium was translocated to pulmonary lymph nodes, the amount depending on the time after deposition and the route of administration; 238PuO2 was cleared from pulmonary lymph nodes faster than 239PuO2 owing to the greater in vivo solubility of 238PuO2. No primary tumors of pulmonary lymph nodes were observed, indicating that this tissue was not the critical tissue for carcinogenic induction

  7. Risk Factors for Regional Nodal Relapse in Breast Cancer Patients With One to Three Positive Axillary Nodes

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    Yates, Lucy, E-mail: lucy.yates@gstt.nhs.uk [Guy' s, King' s, St Thomas' Cancer Centre, Guy' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Kirby, Anna [Guy' s, King' s, St Thomas' Cancer Centre, Guy' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Department of Clinical Oncology, Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton (United Kingdom); Crichton, Siobhan [Department of Statistics, Kings College London (United Kingdom); Gillett, Cheryl [Breast Pathology, Kings College London (United Kingdom); Cane, Paul [Department of Histopathology, Guy' s and St Thomas' Foundation Trust, London (United Kingdom); Fentiman, Ian; Sawyer, Elinor [Guy' s, King' s, St Thomas' Cancer Centre, Guy' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom)

    2012-04-01

    Purpose: In many centers, supraclavicular fossa radiotherapy (SCF RT) is not routinely offered to breast cancer patients with one to three positive lymph nodes. We aimed to identify a subgroup of these patients who are at high risk of supra or infraclavicular fossa relapse (SCFR) such that they can be offered SCFRT at the time of diagnosis to improve long term locoregional control. Methods and Materials: We performed a retrospective analysis of the pathological features of 1,065 cases of invasive breast cancer with one to three positive axillary lymph nodes. Patients underwent radical breast conserving surgery or mastectomy. A total of 45% of patients received adjuvant chest wall/breast RT. No patients received adjuvant SCFRT. The primary outcome was SCFR. Secondary outcomes were chest wall/breast recurrence, distant metastasis, all death, and breast-cancer specific death. Kaplan-Meier estimates were used to calculate actuarial event rates and survival functions compared using log-rank tests. Multivariate analyses (MVA) of factors associated with outcome were conducted using Cox proportional hazards models. Results: Median follow-up was 9.7 years. SCFR rate was 9.2%. Median time from primary diagnosis to SCFR was 3.4 years (range, 0.7-14.4 years). SCFR was associated with significantly lower 10-year survival (18% vs. 65%; p < 0.001). Higher grade and number of positive lymph nodes were the most significant predictors of SCFR on MVA (p < 0.001). 10 year SCFR rates were less than 1% in all patients with Grade 1 cancers compared with 30% in those having Grade 3 cancers with three positive lymph nodes. Additional factors associated with SCFR on univariate analysis but not on MVA included larger nodal deposits (p = 0.002) and proportion of positive nodes (p = 0.003). Conclusions: Breast cancer patients with one to three positive lymph nodes have a heterogenous risk of SCFR. Patients with two to three positive axillary nodes and/or high-grade disease may warrant

  8. Risk Factors for Regional Nodal Relapse in Breast Cancer Patients With One to Three Positive Axillary Nodes

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    Purpose: In many centers, supraclavicular fossa radiotherapy (SCF RT) is not routinely offered to breast cancer patients with one to three positive lymph nodes. We aimed to identify a subgroup of these patients who are at high risk of supra or infraclavicular fossa relapse (SCFR) such that they can be offered SCFRT at the time of diagnosis to improve long term locoregional control. Methods and Materials: We performed a retrospective analysis of the pathological features of 1,065 cases of invasive breast cancer with one to three positive axillary lymph nodes. Patients underwent radical breast conserving surgery or mastectomy. A total of 45% of patients received adjuvant chest wall/breast RT. No patients received adjuvant SCFRT. The primary outcome was SCFR. Secondary outcomes were chest wall/breast recurrence, distant metastasis, all death, and breast-cancer specific death. Kaplan-Meier estimates were used to calculate actuarial event rates and survival functions compared using log–rank tests. Multivariate analyses (MVA) of factors associated with outcome were conducted using Cox proportional hazards models. Results: Median follow-up was 9.7 years. SCFR rate was 9.2%. Median time from primary diagnosis to SCFR was 3.4 years (range, 0.7–14.4 years). SCFR was associated with significantly lower 10-year survival (18% vs. 65%; p < 0.001). Higher grade and number of positive lymph nodes were the most significant predictors of SCFR on MVA (p < 0.001). 10 year SCFR rates were less than 1% in all patients with Grade 1 cancers compared with 30% in those having Grade 3 cancers with three positive lymph nodes. Additional factors associated with SCFR on univariate analysis but not on MVA included larger nodal deposits (p = 0.002) and proportion of positive nodes (p = 0.003). Conclusions: Breast cancer patients with one to three positive lymph nodes have a heterogenous risk of SCFR. Patients with two to three positive axillary nodes and/or high-grade disease may warrant

  9. Advanced malignant melanoma during pregnancy: technical description of sentinel lymph node biopsy followed by radical lymph node dissection

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction: melanoma is a very aggressive cancer, with increasing incidence, and is currently the fifth most common cancer in men and the sixth most common in women in the United States. Melanoma is not unusual in pregnancy, with an estimated occur-rence rate of 1:1.000. Although not the most common cancer in pregnancy, melanoma is the tumor with the highest incidence ofplacenta and fetus metastases. Description: a 29-year-old lady, 4 weeks after conception underwent resection of an atypical pigmented lesion after a diagnosis of stage T4b melanoma. At 16 weeks she underwent a broad local excision and sentinel lymph node (SLN biopsy. SLN was evaluated histologically and tested positive for melanoma. A radical axillary lymphadenectomy was performed on the patient without evidence of metas-tasis in any other LN. In the 40th week of pregnancy, labor was induced and a healthy newborn was deli-vered via cesarean. Discussion: melanoma management in pregnancy is more complex and requires multidisciplinary coor-dination, as well as extensive discussion with the patient and her family. We present a case report description in which treatment recommendations are established according to no pregnancy experience.

  10. Nanoparticle transport from mouse vagina to adjacent lymph nodes.

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    Full Text Available To test the feasibility of localized intravaginal therapy directed to neighboring lymph nodes, the transport of quantum dots across the vaginal wall was investigated. Quantum dots instilled into the mouse vagina were transported across the vaginal mucosa into draining lymph nodes, but not into distant nodes. Most of the particles were transported to the lumbar nodes; far fewer were transported to the inguinal nodes. A low level of transport was evident at 4 hr after intravaginal instillation, and transport peaked at about 36 hr after instillation. Transport was greatly enhanced by prior vaginal instillation of Nonoxynol-9. Hundreds of micrograms of nanoparticles/kg tissue (ppb were found in the lumbar lymph nodes at 36 hr post-instillation. Our results imply that targeted transport of microbicides or immunogens from the vagina to local lymph organs is feasible. They also offer an in vivo model for assessing the toxicity of compounds intended for intravaginal use.

  11. Nanoparticle transport from mouse vagina to adjacent lymph nodes.

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    Ballou, Byron; Andreko, Susan K; Osuna-Highley, Elvira; McRaven, Michael; Catalone, Tina; Bruchez, Marcel P; Hope, Thomas J; Labib, Mohamed E

    2012-01-01

    To test the feasibility of localized intravaginal therapy directed to neighboring lymph nodes, the transport of quantum dots across the vaginal wall was investigated. Quantum dots instilled into the mouse vagina were transported across the vaginal mucosa into draining lymph nodes, but not into distant nodes. Most of the particles were transported to the lumbar nodes; far fewer were transported to the inguinal nodes. A low level of transport was evident at 4 hr after intravaginal instillation, and transport peaked at about 36 hr after instillation. Transport was greatly enhanced by prior vaginal instillation of Nonoxynol-9. Hundreds of micrograms of nanoparticles/kg tissue (ppb) were found in the lumbar lymph nodes at 36 hr post-instillation. Our results imply that targeted transport of microbicides or immunogens from the vagina to local lymph organs is feasible. They also offer an in vivo model for assessing the toxicity of compounds intended for intravaginal use. PMID:23284844

  12. Duration of {sup 18}F-FDG avidity in lymph nodes after pandemic H1N1v and seasonal influenza vaccination

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    Thomassen, Anders; Lerberg Nielsen, Anne; Gerke, Oke; Johansen, Allan; Petersen, Henrik [OUH, Odense University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Odense C (Denmark)

    2011-05-15

    The aim of our study was to investigate the occurrence of fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) avidity in draining axillary lymph nodes after vaccination against influenza (H1N1v pandemic and seasonal) and to determine the period of increased FDG uptake. During December 2009, patients referred for {sup 18}F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scans (n = 293) filled in a questionnaire concerning vaccination type (seasonal and/or H1N1v), time and anatomical localization of vaccination. Only injections in deltoid regions were evaluated, thus ensuring that draining lymph nodes were axillary. If more vaccinations had been given, only the latest vaccination was evaluated in each deltoid region. Of all patients who underwent PET/CT scans during December 2009, 26% had been vaccinated with at least one influenza vaccination in the deltoid region. A total of 92 'draining' and 60 'reference' (i.e. contralateral, non-vaccinated) axillary lymph nodes were evaluated in 61 patients (19 of 61 patients were scanned twice). The maximal intensity in FDG uptake (SUV{sub max}) in draining lymph nodes was 5 g/ml body weight (BW), whereas the maximal intensity in reference lymph nodes was 1.9 g/ml BW. The SUV{sub max} was normalized approximately 40 days after vaccination. No significant enlargement of metabolically active draining lymph nodes could be demonstrated on CT scan. Chemotherapy or immunosuppressive drugs given within 2 weeks from vaccination did not affect SUV{sub max} in the axillary lymph nodes. Influenza vaccination may lead to FDG-avid draining lymph nodes beyond 1 month. (orig.)

  13. Duration of 18F-FDG avidity in lymph nodes after pandemic H1N1v and seasonal influenza vaccination

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    The aim of our study was to investigate the occurrence of fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) avidity in draining axillary lymph nodes after vaccination against influenza (H1N1v pandemic and seasonal) and to determine the period of increased FDG uptake. During December 2009, patients referred for 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scans (n = 293) filled in a questionnaire concerning vaccination type (seasonal and/or H1N1v), time and anatomical localization of vaccination. Only injections in deltoid regions were evaluated, thus ensuring that draining lymph nodes were axillary. If more vaccinations had been given, only the latest vaccination was evaluated in each deltoid region. Of all patients who underwent PET/CT scans during December 2009, 26% had been vaccinated with at least one influenza vaccination in the deltoid region. A total of 92 'draining' and 60 'reference' (i.e. contralateral, non-vaccinated) axillary lymph nodes were evaluated in 61 patients (19 of 61 patients were scanned twice). The maximal intensity in FDG uptake (SUVmax) in draining lymph nodes was 5 g/ml body weight (BW), whereas the maximal intensity in reference lymph nodes was 1.9 g/ml BW. The SUVmax was normalized approximately 40 days after vaccination. No significant enlargement of metabolically active draining lymph nodes could be demonstrated on CT scan. Chemotherapy or immunosuppressive drugs given within 2 weeks from vaccination did not affect SUVmax in the axillary lymph nodes. Influenza vaccination may lead to FDG-avid draining lymph nodes beyond 1 month. (orig.)

  14. The Role of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and Factors Associated with Invasion in Extensive DCIS of the Breast Treated by Mastectomy: The Cinnamome Prospective Multicenter Study

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    Tunon-de-Lara, Christine; Chauvet, Marie Pierre; Baranzelli, Marie Christine; Baron, Marc; Piquenot, Jean; Le-Bouédec, Guillaume; Penault-Llorca, Fréderique; Garbay, Jean-Rémi; Blanchot, Jérôme; Mollard, Joëlle; Maisongrosse, Véronique; Mathoulin-Pélissier, Simone; MacGrogan, Gaëtan

    2015-01-01

    Background When invasive components are discovered at mastectomy for vacuum-assisted biopsy (VAB)-diagnosed ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the only option available is axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). The primary aim of this prospective multicenter trial was to determine the benefit of performing upfront sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy for these patients. The secondary aim was to determine DCIS factors associated with microinvasion or invasion. Methods The SLN procedure was performed...

  15. Differentiation of hyperplastic from metastatic lymph nodes using a lymph node specific MR contrast agent gadofluorine M

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    Cha, Joo Hee; Cheon, Jung Eun [Seoul Municipal Boramae Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Moon, Woo Kyung [Seoul National University College of Medicine and the Institute of Radiation Medicine, SNUMRC, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)] (and others)

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    We wanted to evaluate the value of a lymph node specific MR contrast agent, Gadofluorine M, for the differentiation of hyperplastic and metastatic lymph nodes. This study included thirty-one rabbits. In ten rabbits, an injection of egg yolk or feces of rat into the calf muscles induced hyperplasia of the lymph node. In sixteen rabbits, metastasis of the lymph node was induced by implantation of VX2 tumor. Five rabbits were normal control models. We acquired the T1-, T2-weighted and SPGR coronal imaging before enhancement with 1.5 T MR. After injection of Gadofluorine M (5 {mu}mol/mL, total amount: 4 mL) interstitially into the interdigital skin fold of the hind limb, we acquired the SPGR coronal imaging at 15, 30, 60 and 90 minutes. We calculated the signal-to-noise ratios on the sequential images, and we recorded the number, size and location of the popliteal and iliac lymph nodes. Three readers assessed the state of the lymph nodes according to the pattern of enhancement: they were deemed hyperplastic nodes when totally enhanced and as metastatic nodes when there was no or partial enhancement. We also compared the imaging patterns with the histopathological results. Among the 26 hyperplasia- or metastasis-induced rabbits, two rabbits were excluded because of failure to be enhanced. Histopathologic evaluation of the 24 rabbits detected one hundred seventeen lymph nodes: forty-six lymph nodes in nine hyperplasia-induced rabbits and seventy-one (metastasis in twenty-eight) lymph nodes in fifteen metastasis-induced rabbits. Out of one hundred two lymph nodes that were larger than 5 mm in size, MR enabled us to detect one hundred one lymph nodes (99.1%). The means of sensitivity, specificity, and the positive and negative predictive values for the diagnosis of lymph node metastasis by three readers were 97.6% (82/84), 98.2% (215/219), and 95.3% (82/86), and 99.1% (215/217), respectively ({rho} < 0.05). Interstitial MR lymphography using Gadofluorine M showed excellent

  16. Results of a sentinel lymph node biopsy for primary breast cancer

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    Yoshinaga, Yasuteru; Hiratsuka, Masafumi; Baba, Miki; Beppu, Richiko; Maekawa, Takafumi; Kawahara, Katsunobu; Shirakusa; Takayuki; Fujimitsu, Ritsuko [Fukuoka Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine

    2003-03-01

    Although the role of an axillary lymph node dissection for the primary breast cancer is considered to be a prognostic indicator, regarding the determination of the treatment strategy after surgery, and the best modality for regional control, this procedure is harmful rather than ineffective in cases with a histologically negative node. The sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy is a procedure used to assess the degree of nodal involvement before and/or during surgery. From June, 1999 to January, 2002, we performed an SLN biopsy for 47 primary breast cancer patients (T1-2N0-1M0) using either a dye or combined (dye and gamma probe guided) method with a back up conventional axillary node dissection at the Second Department of Surgery, Fukuoka University School of Medicine. The dye method was performed on 39 patients, and it resulted in the accurate identification of the SLN in 74.4% of patients, compared with 94.7% in latter series of 19 patients. In addition, the dye method demonstrated a sensitivity of 66.6%, a specificity of 100% and an accuracy of 96.6%. Eight patients received the combined method, and the SLN was identified in 100% of these patients. This combined method showed a sensitivity of 80%, a specificity of 100% and an accuracy of 87.5%. On the other hand an intraoperative examination using frozen sections resulted in a sensitivity of 50%, a specificity of 100% and an accuracy in the diagnosis of 83.3%. These data suggest that an SLN biopsy for early breast cancer (T1N0) can be performed to eliminate any unnecessary axillary node dissection in cases with negative SLN. However, the successful results of this method depend on the cooperation of the multidisciplinary team (surgeons, pathologists and nuclear radiologists) and the informed consent of all patients. (author)

  17. [Intraoperative detection of the sentinel lymph nodes in lung cancer].

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    Akopov, A L; Papayan, G V; Chistyakov, I V

    2015-01-01

    An analysis of the scientific data was made. It was used the literature devoted to the intraoperative visualization of the sentinel lymph nodes in patients with lung cancer. Correct detection of such lymph nodes with following pathologic investigation allowed limiting the volume of lympho-dissection in a number of patients. There is the possibility of maximal in-depth study of the sentinel lymph nodes by purposeful application of most sensible pathologic and molecular methods for detection their micrometastatic lesions. At the same time the treatment strategy and prognosis could be determined. The authors present the results of an application of dye techniques, radioactive preparation and fluorescence imaging for sentinel lymph node detection. Advantages and disadvantages of the methods are shown in the article. There are validated the prospects of technical development, study of information value of new applications and the most perspective method of fluorescence indocyanine green visualization by lymph outflow. PMID:25962306

  18. Assessment of lymph node involvement in colorectal cancer.

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    Ong, Mark L H; Schofield, John B

    2016-03-27

    Lymph node metastasis informs prognosis and is a key factor in deciding further management, particularly adjuvant chemotherapy. It is core to all contemporary staging systems, including the widely used tumor node metastasis staging system. Patients with node-negative disease have 5-year survival rates of 70%-80%, implying a significant minority of patients with occult lymph node metastases will succumb to disease recurrence. Enhanced staging techniques may help to identify this subset of patients, who might benefit from further treatment. Obtaining adequate numbers of lymph nodes is essential for accurate staging. Lymph node yields are affected by numerous factors, many inherent to the patient and the tumour, but others related to surgical and histopathological practice. Good lymph node recovery relies on close collaboration between surgeon and pathologist. The optimal extent of surgical resection remains a subject of debate. Extended lymphadenectomy, extra-mesenteric lymph node dissection, high arterial ligation and complete mesocolic excision are amongst the surgical techniques with plausible oncological bases, but which are not supported by the highest levels of evidence. With further development and refinement, intra-operative lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy may provide a guide to the optimum extent of lymphadenectomy, but in its present form, it is beset by false negatives, skip lesions and failures to identify a sentinel node. Once resected, histopathological assessment of the surgical specimen can be improved by thorough dissection techniques, step-sectioning of tissue blocks and immunohistochemistry. More recently, molecular methods have been employed. In this review, we consider the numerous factors that affect lymph node yields, including the impact of the surgical and histopathological techniques. Potential future strategies, including the use of evolving technologies, are also discussed. PMID:27022445

  19. Effects of concurrent chemoradiotherapy on cervical lymph node metastases

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    We report an investigation into the effects of concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) on cervical lymph node metastases in cases of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma occurring with cervical lymph node metastasis. The subjects were 32 patients receiving CCRT simultaneously for both the primary tumor and cervical lymph node metastases over a five-year period, from January 2005 to December 2009. A complete response (CR) was observed in 71.9% of cases, increasing to 87.5% when cases with no residual viable tumor cells in excised specimens of radical neck dissection were included. Although no relationship existed between primary tumor location, N classification, and the therapeutic effect on cervical lymph node, the actual ratio of CR for cervical lymph node metastases tended to decrease with advanced stages of T classification. Considering that positive results are obtained without planned neck dissection, recurrence occurs only in a few cases, and there are no serious complications of radical neck dissection after CCRT, we believe that a planned neck dissection procedure is not necessarily required in all cases. However, evaluation is difficult with regard to cervical lymph nodes subsequent to CCRT, and therefore, future studies are needed to investigate a test method or a combination of test methods that provide a definite assessment of the presence or absence of residual cervical lymph node metastasis. (author)

  20. Histopathological Evaluation of Lymph Node Biopsies: A Hospital Based Study

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    Full Text Available Background: Lymphadenopathy is a common manifestation of a large variety of disorders,both benign and malignant. It is essential to define the pattern of disorders presenting primarily as lymph node enlargement in a particular environment. Histopathological examination of the lymph node biopsies is a gold standard test in the distinction between reactive and malignant lymphoid proliferations as well as for detailed subtyping oflymphomas. We designed this study in our population for histopathological evaluation of lymph nodes that might be helpful for clinical management of these lesions. Objective: Histopathological evaluation of lymphadenopathy from excised specimen, in relation to ageand sex of the patients, and distribution of the lymph nodes. Materials and Methods: It was a retrospective cross sectional study conducted in the department of Pathology, Enam Medical College & Hospital, Savar, Dhaka during the period from January 2006 to December 2010. Lymph node biopsies of all patients of both sexes and all age groups were included.Metastatic lymph nodes associated with evidence of primaries elsewhere in the body were excluded from the study. Total 191 lymph node biopsies were selected for histopathological evaluation. Among these 90 (47.12% were from males and 101 (52.88% were from females with male to female ratio being 1:2.1. The age of the patients ranged from 2 to 85 years with a mean age of 35.73 ± 18 years. Results: Cervical lymph nodes were the most common (56% biopsied group. Of the 191 cases 59 cases (30.89% were reactive lymphadenitis, 64 cases (33.5% were tuberculosis, 2 cases (1.05% were non-caseous granuloma, 11 cases (5.76% were Hodgkin lymphoma, 22 cases (11.52% were non-Hodgkin lymphoma, 24 cases (12.57% were metastatic neoplasm and 9 cases (4.7% were other lesions. Conclusion: Tuberculosis was the most common cause of lymphadenopathy, followed by reactive lymphadenitis and the cervical group of lymph nodes was most

  1. Predicting Likelihood of Having Four or More Positive Nodes in Patient With Sentinel Lymph Node-Positive Breast Cancer: A Nomogram Validation Study

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    Purpose: Katz suggested a nomogram for predicting having four or more positive nodes in sentinel lymph node (SLN)-positive breast cancer patients. The findings from this formula might influence adjuvant radiotherapy decisions. Our goal was to validate the accuracy of the Katz nomogram. Methods and Materials: We reviewed the records of 309 patients with breast cancer who had undergone completion axillary lymph node dissection. The factors associated with the likelihood of having four or more positive axillary nodes were evaluated in patients with one to three positive SLNs. The nomogram developed by Katz was applied to our data set. The area under the curve of the corresponding receiver operating characteristics curve was calculated for the nomogram. Results: Of the 309 patients, 80 (25.9%) had four or more positive axillary lymph nodes. On multivariate analysis, the number of positive SLNs (p < .0001), overall metastasis size (p = .019), primary tumor size (p = .0001), and extracapsular extension (p = .01) were significant factors predicting for four or more positive nodes. For patients with <5% probability, 90.3% had fewer than four positive nodes and 9.7% had four or more positive nodes. The negative predictive value was 91.7%, and sensitivity was 80%. The nomogram was accurate and discriminating (area under the curve, .801). Conclusion: The probability of four or more involved nodes is significantly greater in patients who have an increased number of positive SLNs, increased overall metastasis size, increased tumor size, and extracapsular extension. The Katz nomogram was validated in our patients. This nomogram will be helpful to clinicians making adjuvant treatment recommendations to their patients.

  2. A new histological therapeutic classification system to predict eradicated and residual lymph nodes in breast cancer after neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

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    Morohashi, Satoko; Yoshizawa, Tadashi; Seino, Hiroko; Hirai, Hideaki; Haga, Toshihiro; Ota, Rie; Wu, Yunyan; Yoshida, Eri; Hakamada, Kenichi; Kijima, Hiroshi

    2016-05-01

    The indication for neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) has recently broadened to include its use in the treatment of initial stage breast cancer. Axillary lymph node metastasis after NAC in breast cancer is a poor prognostic factor. Thus, the prediction of lymph node metastasis is important to estimate the prognosis of breast cancer patients after NAC. Therefore, we focused on residual carcinoma patterns of primary breast tumors after NAC and examined the correlation between the patterns and lymph node metastasis. In this study, we examined 50 breast cancer specimens and associated dissected lymph nodes after NAC. We divided 40 cases into an eradicated lymph node group and a residual lymph node group to analyze residual carcinoma patterns of primary breast tumors. Residual carcinoma patterns were classified according to the cell density of carcinoma cells: dense, focal/nested and sporadic/in-situ. There were significant differences in residual carcinoma patterns (P<0.01) among the three pattern groups. There was a high incidence of dense patterns in the residual lymph node group and a high incidence of sporadic/in-situ patterns in the eradicated lymph node group. Analysis of residual carcinoma patterns of primary breast tumors and clinicopathological factors demonstrated that there were significant differences in tumor reduced ratio on CT (P<0.001), primary tumor area before NAC (P<0.01), primary tumor area after NAC (P<0.00001), intrinsic subtype (P<0.01), Ki-67 labeling index (P<0.01), histological grade (P<0.05) and mitotic count (P<0.01) between the dense and non-dense groups. Therefore, our results suggest that the residual carcinoma pattern is useful for predicting eradicated or residual lymph nodes and the malignant potential in breast cancer after NAC. PMID:26935647

  3. Lymph sacs are not required for the initiation of lymph node formation

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    Vondenhoff, Mark F.; : Serge A. van de Pavert; Dillard, Miriam E.; Greuter, Mascha; Goverse, Gera; Oliver, Guillermo; Mebius, Reina E.

    2008-01-01

    The lymphatic vasculature drains lymph fluid from the tissue spaces of most organs and returns it to the blood vasculature for recirculation. Before reaching the circulatory system, antigens and pathogens transported by the lymph are trapped by the lymph nodes. As proposed by Florence Sabin more than a century ago and recently validated, the mammalian lymphatic vasculature has a venous origin and is derived from primitive lymph sacs scattered along the embryonic body axis. Also as proposed by...

  4. A dual-modality photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging system for noninvasive sentinel lymph node detection: preliminary clinical results

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    Erpelding, Todd N.; Garcia-Uribe, Alejandro; Krumholz, Arie; Ke, Haixin; Maslov, Konstantin; Appleton, Catherine; Margenthaler, Julie; Wang, Lihong V.

    2014-03-01

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) has emerged as an accurate, less invasive alternative to axillary lymph node dissection, and it has rapidly become the standard of care for patients with clinically node-negative breast cancer. The sentinel lymph node (SLN) hypothesis states that the pathological status of the axilla can be accurately predicted by determining the status of the first (i.e., sentinel) lymph nodes that drain from the primary tumor. Physicians use radio-labeled sulfur colloid and/or methylene blue dye to identify the SLN, which is most likely to contain metastatic cancer cells. However, the surgical procedure causes morbidity and associated expenses. To overcome these limitations, we developed a dual-modality photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging system to noninvasively detect SLNs based on the accumulation of methylene blue dye. Ultimately, we aim to guide percutaneous needle biopsies and provide a minimally invasive method for axillary staging of breast cancer. The system consists of a tunable dye laser pumped by a Nd:YAG laser, a commercial ultrasound imaging system (Philips iU22), and a multichannel data acquisition system which displays co-registered photoacoustic and ultrasound images in real-time. Our clinical results demonstrate that real-time photoacoustic imaging can provide sensitive and specific detection of methylene blue dye in vivo. While preliminary studies have shown that in vivo detection of SLNs by using co-registered photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging is feasible, further investigation is needed to demonstrate robust SLN detection.

  5. CT manifestations of lymph node metastasis of thyroid carcinoma

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    Objective: to study the CT manifestations of metastatic lymph node of thyroid carcinoma. Methods: CT appearances of metastatic lymph node of thyroid carcinoma proved by surgery and pathology in 108 patients were reviewed. Results: Of these 108 cases, metastatic lymph node were located at superior and middle internal jugular chain (n = 76), inferior internal jugular chain and super clavicular region (n = 86), tracheoesophageal groove (n = 52), and superior mediastinum (n = 17). Of 84 thyroid papillary carcinoma patients, the attenuation of metastatic lymph nodes were similar to that of normal thyroid gland (n = 16), with cystic formations, (n = 24), intra-cystic high attenuation papillary-like nodules (n = 18), and fine granular calcifications (n = 11). Of 24 follicular carcinoma, medullary carcinoma, and clear cell carcinoma patients, 17 cases had significant homogeneous or heterogeneous enhanced nodes, and the attenuation was the same as primary or recurrent thyroid tumors. Conclusion: For thyroid carcinoma, the most common locations of metastatic lymph nodes were internal jugular chain, tracheoesophageal groove, and superior mediastinum regions. Marked enhancement similar to normal thyroid gland, cystic formations with intra-cystic high attenuation papillary-like nodules, and fine discrete granular calcifications were the characteristic manifestations of metastatic lymph node of papillary carcinoma. Marked homogeneous or heterogeneous enhancement after contrast administration and the same attenuation as the primary or recurrent thyroid tumor were found in follicular carcinoma, medullary carcinoma, and clear cell carcinoma metastases

  6. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in local recurrence of cutaneous melanoma

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    Full text: Locally recurrent disease in patients with melanoma is usually defined as cutaneous or subcutaneous arising within 5 cm of the primary site after complete excision of the primary lesion. It may represent residual disease not excised with the primary tumor or the outgrowth of the satellite lesions, which are common with melanoma. Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy is highly accurate in staging nodal basins at risk of regional metastases in primary melanoma patients and identifies those who may benefit from earlier lymphadenectomy. Our purpose was to evaluate the efficacy of sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy in local recurrence of cutaneous melanoma when the primary lesion was less than 1.0mm thick. Three patients with local recurrence of cutaneous melanoma underwent sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy. All patients underwent preoperative lymphoscintigraphy to identify the lymphatic basin and the site of the sentinel node. All patients subsequently underwent intra-operative lymphatic mapping and selective lymph node biopsy with vital blue dye and hand-held gamma probe. Excised SLN were analysed by conventional histological staining (H and E) and immunohistochemical staining. In all patients the lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy was successful. The SLN biopsy was negative in two patients and positive in one who underwent therapeutic lymph node dissection. Our results indicate that the SLN mapping and biopsy is also possible in patients having local recurrence of cutaneous melanoma. Although long-term results are not available, early results are promising. (author)

  7. Usefulness of imaging posture using modified oblique view of the axilla (MOVA) for sentinel lymph node scintigraphy in patients with breast cancer

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    Identification of the sentinel lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer is often hampered by high radioactivity from the injection site, since the distance between the injection site and regional lymph nodes is quite short in these patients. We investigated the usefulness of the modified oblique view of the axilla (MOVA) method introduced by Haigh et al., aiming at better discrimination of the target and higher resolution. Compared with the standard anterior view (SAV) of the supine position and conventional oblique view (COV) imaging, MOVA was able to obtain a longer distance between the injection site and axillary lymph nodes in 20 of 21 lymph nodes. MOVA provided more effective information for visual evaluation of the geometry of axillary lymph nodes in half the cases, and one lymph node was detected only with MOVA. In contrast, SAV provided better imaging in one patient. Although our results support the usefulness of MOVA, the combined application of MOVA and SAV is desirable, since sentinel lymph node detection with the gamma-probe is performed in the supine position during surgery. (author)

  8. Pyoderma Gangrenosum and lymph nodes tuberculosis disease: unusual association

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    Ines Zaraa; Abdulmohti Hawilo; Slim Ben Hassine; Inès Chelly; Slim Haouet; Mokni Mourad; Amel Ben Osman

    2011-01-01

    Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a rare neutrophilic dermatosis with unknown etiology. PG associated with infectious disease is very unsual. We report a singular case of PG with lymph nodes tuberculosis disease.

  9. Pyoderma Gangrenosum and lymph nodes tuberculosis disease: unusual association

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    Ines Zaraa

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG is a rare neutrophilic dermatosis with unknown etiology. PG associated with infectious disease is very unsual. We report a singular case of PG with lymph nodes tuberculosis disease.

  10. Ultrasound elastography for evaluation of cervical lymph nodes

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    Young Jun Choi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Ultrasound (US elastography has been introduced as a noninvasive imaging technique for evaluating cervical lymph nodes. US elastography techniques include strain elastography and shear wave-based elastography. The application of this technique is based on the fact that stiff tissues tend to deform less and show less strain than compliant tissues when the same force is applied. In general, metastatic lymph nodes demonstrate higher stiffness than benign lymph nodes. Overall, preliminary studies suggest that US elastography may be useful in differentiating benign and malignant cervical lymph nodes, thereby informing decisions to perform a biopsy and facilitating follow-up. For US elastography to be accepted into clinical practice, however, its techniques, associated diagnostic criteria, and reliability need to be further refined.

  11. Lymph node metastases - diagnosis by lymphography and CT

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    The value of lymphography and CT in the diagnosis of abdominal lymph node metastases was compared in 82 patients with various types of malignant disease. In the presence of systemic disease or testicular tumours, CT increased the recognition of lymph node metastases and their extent, particularly of high para-aortic deposits which were frequently underestimated by lymphography. Lymph nodes in the pelvis are more easily identified. CT is the first choice for the investigation of systemic disease and testicular tumours. This will, in addition, also demonstrate abnormalities of the organs and assist in radiation planning. CT is a simple procedure which is also very valuable in following the effect of treatment. For metastases from other origins, lymphography is often more valuable since CT is unable to identify metastases in lymph nodes if these are not enlarged. The two methods complement each other and their combination provides improved diagnostic information. (orig.)

  12. Computed tomography (CT) of cervical lymph nodes in patients with oral cancer. Comparison of low-attenuation areas in lymph nodes on CT images with pathological findings

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    The objective of this study was to clarify the histopathological features of low-attenuation areas in computed tomography (CT) images of cervical metastatic and benign lymph nodes in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). CT images of 230 lymph nodes from 37 patients with oral SCC were classified into four categories and compared with histopathological findings. Metastatic lymph nodes were evaluated in terms of focal necrosis, keratinization, fibrous tissue, and the proportion of the lymph node showing focal necrosis. Benign lymph nodes were evaluated in terms of adipose tissue, follicular hyperplasia, sinus histiocytosis, hyperemia, focal hemorrhaging, and the amount of adipose tissue. Histopathologically, all 13 metastatic lymph nodes with rim enhancement on CT images included focal necrosis. However, most of the lymph nodes showed no focal necrosis. In addition, tumor cells, keratinization, and fibrous tissue were observed in the lymph nodes. Of the 26 metastatic lymph nodes with a heterogeneous appearance on CT images, four did not show focal necrosis. These lymph nodes showed keratinization or accumulation of lymph fluid. Histopathologically, 20 of 24 benign lymph nodes with a heterogeneous appearance on CT images (83.3%) had accompanying adipose tissue. Focal necrosis was the most important factor contributing to low attenuation in metastatic lymph nodes. However, other factors, such as tumor cells, keratinization, fibrous tissue, and accumulation of lymph fluid, also contributed. In benign lymph nodes, the presence of adipose tissue was a contributing factor in low-attenuation areas, as was focal hemorrhaging. (author)

  13. Predictive factors for lymph node metastasis in early gastric cancer

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    Chang-Mu; Sung; Chen-Ming; Hsu; Jun-Te; Hsu; Ta-Sen; Yeh; Chun-Jung; Lin; Tse-Ching; Chen; Cheng-Tang; Chiu

    2010-01-01

    AIM: To analyze the predictive factors for lymph node metastasis (LNM) in early gastric cancer (EGC). METHODS: Data from patients surgically treated for gastric cancers between January 1994 and December 2007 were retrospectively collected. Clinicopathological factors were analyzed to identify predictive factors for LNM. RESULTS: Of the 2936 patients who underwent gas-trectomy and lymph node dissection, 556 were diag-nosed with EGC and included in this study. Among these, 4.1% of patients had mucosal tumors ...

  14. What next? Managing lymph nodes in men with penile cancer

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    Leveridge, Michael; Siemens, D. Robert; Morash, Christopher

    2008-01-01

    The management of patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the penis is often daunting given its rarity and subsequent lack of high-level evidence to support our decision-making. This culminates in the complex surgical issues involving the management of the regional lymph nodes, which is of critical importance to both quantity and quality of life for these patients. This review aims to highlight the decisive issues surrounding the management of the pelvic and inguinal lymph nodes in the setti...

  15. Prostanoid induces premetastatic niche in regional lymph nodes

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    Ogawa, Fumihiro; AMANO, HIDEKI; Eshima, Koji; Ito, Yoshiya; Matsui, Yoshio; Hosono, Kanako; Kitasato, Hidero; Iyoda, Akira; Iwabuchi, Kazuya; Kumagai, Yuji; Satoh, Yukitoshi; Narumiya, Shuh; Majima, Masataka

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    The lymphatic system is an important route for cancer dissemination, and lymph node metastasis (LNM) serves as a critical prognostic determinant in cancer patients. We investigated the contribution of COX-2–derived prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in the formation of a premetastatic niche and LNM. A murine model of Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cell metastasis revealed that COX-2 is expressed in DCs from the early stage in the lymph node subcapsular regions, and COX-2 inhibition markedly suppressed media...

  16. Dynamics of neutrophil migration in lymph nodes during infection

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    Chtanova, Tatyana; Schaeffer, Marie; Han, Seong-Ji; van Dooren, Giel G.; Nollmann, Marcelo; Herzmark, Paul; Chan, Shiao Wei; Satija, Harshita; Camfield, Kristin; Aaron, Holly; Striepen, Boris; Robey, Ellen A.

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    While the signals that control neutrophil migration from the blood to sites of infection have been well characterized, little is known about their migration patterns within lymph nodes, or the strategies that neutrophils use to find their local sites of action. To address these questions, we used two-photon scanning laser microscopy (TPSLM) to examine neutrophil migration in intact lymph nodes during infection with an intracellular parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. We find that neutrophils form bo...

  17. Internal mammary lymph node biopsy guided by computed tomography

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    Irving, Henry C; Hardy, Graham J.

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    Internal mammary lymph node enlargement may be demonstrated using computed tomography (CT), and a confirmatory tissue diagnosis of metastatic involvement may be obtained using fine needle aspiration biopsy with needle tip placement guided by the CT scanner. A case history is described to illustrate how a patient presented 9 years after mastectomy with an internal mammary lymph node metastasis and how cytopathological diagnosis of this metastasis was achieved by CT guided biopsy.

  18. Contribution of radioisotopic techniques to identify sentinel lymph-nodes (SLN) in breast cancer

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    The SLN (one or several) is the first to receive lymph from a tumor. When a cancer cell comes off the tumor and circulates along the outgoing lymph, it meets a barrier, the SLN that intercepts and destroys it. If not, the cancer cell can stay and reproduce in the SLN making a metastasis which can affect other nodes in the same way. It has been shown that if the original tumor is small there is little chance that the SLN could be invaded and therefore little chance of dissemination to other lymph-nodes. Nowadays due to early detection, breast tumors are smaller than one cm, therefore with such size there is little chance of axillary lymph-nodes being affected. If it is confirmed by histological study that the SLN is free of metastasis, it is not necessary to perform a axillary emptying. This identification of SLNs has been achieved because of the advances of Radioisotopic Techniques, which has been carried out in our Hospital since 1997. We have been adapting this technique to the national supply of equipment and radio compounds always under a reliable and secure way. The aim of this presentation is to highlight the radioisotopic identification of SLNs in clinical investigation in 'Angel H. Roffo Institute', and its daily practice compare with Positron Emission Tomography (PET). By combining Radioisotopic Lymphography, Lymphochromography and intra surgical detection of the SN with Gamma Probe, we have obtained a true negative value of 95% of the SN, with 5% false negative. Due to this method we have included SN study in daily practice breast tumor patients with tumor up to 5 cm of diameter. Comparing this methods result (5% false negative), with the PET results, using 18F-FDG, that has 33% false negatives, we conclude that a negative result can not replace this method of SN detection. (author)

  19. Lymph node imaging by ultrarapid 3D angiography

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    Purpose: A report on observations of lymph node images obtained by gadolinium-enhanced 3D MR angiography (MRA). Methods: Ultrarapid MRA (TR, TE, FA - 5 or 6.4 ms, 1.9 or 2.8 ms, 30-40 degrees) with 0.2 mmol/kg BW Gd-DTPA and 20 ml physiological saline. Start after completion of injection. Single series of the pelvis-thigh as well as head-neck regions by use of a phased array coil with a 1.5 T Magnetom Vision or a 1.0 T Magnetom Harmony (Siemens, Erlangen). We report on lymph node imaging in 4 patients, 2 of whom exhibited benign changes and 2 further metastases. In 1 patient with extensive lymph node metastases of a malignant melanoma, color-Doppler sonography as color-flow angiography (CFA) was used as a comparative method. Results: Lymph node imaging by contrast medium-enhanced ultrarapid 3D MRA apparently resulted from their vessels. Thus, arterially-supplied metastases and inflammatory enlarged lymph nodes were well visualized while those with a.v. shunts or poor vascular supply in tumor necroses were poorly imaged. Conclusions: Further investigations are required with regard to the visualization of lymph nodes in other parts of the body as well as a possible differentiation between benign and malignant lesions. (orig.)

  20. The optimal number of lymph nodes removed in maximizing the survival of breast cancer patients

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    Peng, Lim Fong; Taib, Nur Aishah; Mohamed, Ibrahim; Daud, Noorizam

    2014-07-01

    The number of lymph nodes removed is one of the important predictors for survival in breast cancer study. Our aim is to determine the optimal number of lymph nodes to be removed for maximizing the survival of breast cancer patients. The study population consists of 873 patients with at least one of axillary nodes involved among 1890 patients from the University of Malaya Medical Center (UMMC) breast cancer registry. For this study, the Chi-square test of independence is performed to determine the significant association between prognostic factors and survival status, while Wilcoxon test is used to compare the estimates of the hazard functions of the two or more groups at each observed event time. Logistic regression analysis is then conducted to identify important predictors of survival. In particular, Akaike's Information Criterion (AIC) are calculated from the logistic regression model for all thresholds of node involved, as an alternative measure for the Wald statistic (χ2), in order to determine the optimal number of nodes that need to be removed to obtain the maximum differential in survival. The results from both measurements are compared. It is recommended that, for this particular group, the minimum of 10 nodes should be removed to maximize survival of breast cancer patients.

  1. In vivo carbon nanotube-enhanced non-invasive photoacoustic mapping of the sentinel lymph node

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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB), a less invasive alternative to axillary lymph node dissection (ALND), has become the standard of care for patients with clinically node-negative breast cancer. In SLNB, lymphatic mapping with radio-labeled sulfur colloid and/or blue dye helps identify the sentinel lymph node (SLN), which is most likely to contain metastatic breast cancer. Even though SLNB, using both methylene blue and radioactive tracers, has a high identification rate, it still relies on an invasive surgical procedure, with associated morbidity. In this study, we have demonstrated a non-invasive single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT)-enhanced photoacoustic (PA) identification of SLN in a rat model. We have successfully imaged the SLN in vivo by PA imaging (793 nm laser source, 5 MHz ultrasonic detector) with high contrast-to-noise ratio (=89) and good resolution (∼500 μm). The SWNTs also show a wideband optical absorption, generating PA signals over an excitation wavelength range of 740-820 nm. Thus, by varying the incident light wavelength to the near infrared region, where biological tissues (hemoglobin, tissue pigments, lipids and water) show low light absorption, the imaging depth is maximized. In the future, functionalization of the SWNTs with targeting groups should allow the molecular imaging of breast cancer.

  2. Unusual metachronous isolated inguinal lymph node metastasis from adenocarcinoma of the sigmoid colon

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    Parodo Giuseppina

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This study aimed to describe an unusual case of metachronous isolated inguinal lymph nodes metastasis from sigmoid carcinoma. A 62-year-old man was referred to our department because of an obstructing sigmoid carcinoma. Colonoscopy showed the obstructing lesion at 30 cm from the anal verge and abdominal CT revealed a sigmoid lesion infiltrating the left lateral abdominal wall. The patient underwent a colonic resection extended to the abdominal wall. Histology showed an adenocarcinoma of the colon infiltrating the abdominal wall with iuxtacolic nodal involvement. Thirty three months after surgery abdominal CT and PET scan revealed a metastatic left inguinal lymph node involvement. The metastatic lymph node was found strictly adherent to the left iliac-femoral artery and encompassing the origin of the left inferior epigastric artery. Histology showed a metachronous nodal metastasis from colonic adenocarcinoma. Despite metastastic involvement of inguinal lymph node from rectal cancer is a rare but well known clinical entity, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of inguinal metastasis from a carcinoma of the left colon. Literature review shows only three other similar reported cases: two cases of inguinal metastasis secondary to adenocarcinoma of the cecum and one case of axillary metastasis from left colonic carcinoma. A metastatic pathway through superficial abdominal wall lymphatic vessels could be possible through the route along the left inferior epigastric artery. The solitary inguinal nodal involvement from rectal carcinoma could have a more favorable prognosis. In the case of nodal metastasis to the body surface lymph nodes from colonic carcinoma, following the small number of such cases reported in the literature, no definitive conclusions can be drawn.

  3. Vascularized Free Lymph Node Flap Transfer in Advanced Lymphedema Patient after Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

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    Cook, Kyung Hoon; Park, Myong Chul; Lee, Il Jae; Lim, Seong Yoon; Jung, Yong Sik

    2016-01-01

    Lymphedema is a condition characterized by tissue swelling caused by localized fluid retention. Advanced lymphedema is characterized by irreversible skin fibrosis (stage IIIb) and nonpitting edema, with leather-like skin, skin crypts, and ulcers with or without involvement of the toes (stage IVa and IVb, respectively). Recently, surgical treatment of advanced lymphedema has been a challenging reconstructive modality. Microvascular techniques such as lymphaticovenous anastomosis and vasculariz...

  4. Process of distant lymph node metastasis in colorectal carcinoma: Implication of extracapsular invasion of lymph node metastasis

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    We previously demonstrated that extracapsular invasion (ECI) at a metastatic sentinel node was significantly associated with the presence of positive non-sentinel nodes in patients with breast cancer. However, the mechanism of metastatic spreading of tumor cells to distant lymph nodes in patients with colorectal carcinoma is not fully understood. In this study, we investigated the factors that may determine the likelihood of additional regional lymph node metastasis when metastasis is found in nodes at the N1 site in colorectal cancer, especially focusing on the presence of ECI. Two hundred and twenty-eight consecutive patients who underwent colorectal resection were identified for inclusion in this study, of which 37 (16.2%) had positive lymph nodes at the N1 site. Six of these 37 cases had additional metastasis in N2 site lymph nodes. We reviewed the clinicopathological features of these cases and performed statistical analysis of the data. In the univariate analysis ECI at the N1 site was the only factor significantly associated with the presence of cancer cells in the N2 site. Other factors, including number of positive lymph nodes, lymphovascular invasion of the primary tumor, tumor size and tumor depth of invasion, were not associated with metastatic involvement at the N2 site. Our results suggest that the presence of ECI at metastatic lymph nodes at the N1 site is correlated with further metastasis at the N2 site. These findings imply the possibility that ECI might indicate the ability of colorectal tumor cells to disseminate to distant lymph nodes

  5. Pre-prostatic tissue removed in robotic assisted lymph node dissection for prostate cancer contains lymph nodes

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    J Blarer

    2013-01-01

    Conclusions: Pre-prostatic tissue might contain lymph nodes that potentially harbour metastases. In the intention to perform the most accurate staging this tissue should be considered for histopathological evaluation.

  6. Predicting sentinel lymph node metastasis in breast cancer with lymphoscintigraphy

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    Lymphoscintigraphy is an effective method for detecting sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs). However, the rate and degree of SLN detection is not uniform. We quantified SLNs detected with lymphoscintigraphy, and investigated correlations with factors that may influence detection. We then attempted to predict SLN metastasis from lymph node counts, comparing the predictions to subsequent biopsy results. We assessed lymph node counts in 100 breast cancer patients in whom a single SLN was detected with a fixed lymphoscintigraphy procedure. We examined correlations between the counts and factors known to influence lymphoscintigraphic SLN detection (age, body mass index, tumor size, and presence or absence of metastasis), and determined reference values (lymph node counts of 10.0, 19.4 and 53.0) which were used to predict SLN metastasis in 100 subsequent patients. The predictions were then compared with the SLN biopsy findings. SLN counts correlated strongly with the presence or absence of metastasis, with metastasis-positive lymph nodes showing significantly lower counts than negative nodes (p<0.001). Prediction of SLN metastasis achieved a 100% positive predictive value at a reference value of 10.0, and a 100% negative predictive value at a reference value of 53.0. At a reference value of 19.4, the sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy were 77.8, 73.2, and 74.0%, respectively. The SLN counts detected with lymphoscintigraphy were significantly lower in metastasis-positive lymph nodes than in metastasis-negative lymph nodes. This suggests that prediction of SLN metastasis in breast cancer is possible using lymphoscintigraphy. (author)

  7. Histological step sectioning of pelvic lymph nodes increases the number of identified lymph node metastases

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    Engvad, Birte; Poulsen, Mads H; Staun, Pia W;

    2014-01-01

    Pathological examinations of lymph nodes (LN) in prostate cancer patients are handled differently at various institutions. The objective of this study is to provide means to improve the guidelines by examining the impact of step sectioning on LN status in patients with intermediate and high...... examination included a 100-μm-deep haematoxylin and eosin (HE) section followed by a slide stained with cytokeratin AE1/AE3 and then by four HE sections at 0.5-mm intervals.The standard pathological examination detected 41 patients with LN metastasis. The remaining 169 patients had 1,185 HE sections made at...... the standard examination, whereas the extended examination gave additional 7,110 slides and detected 5 additional patients with LN metastasis. In all, 1,158 LN were removed. The additional LN metastases were smaller than the LN metastases found at the standard examination, mean 1.2 mm vs. 7.8 mm...

  8. THE PROGNOSIS SIGNIFICANCE OF CATHEPSIN-D EXPRESSION IN THE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS IN AXILLARY NODES NEGATIVE CARCINOMA

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    Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate Cathepsin-D (Cath-D) expression in different location and its relationship with prognosis in the axillary lymph nodes negative (ANN) breast cancer patients. Methods: Cath-D expression in 192 cases of breast carcinoma were examined by immunohistochemistry. Depending on different parts of expression, three evaluating methods were used, compared and analysed. Results: The positive rate of Cath-D expression in ANN breast cancer with poor prognosis group and axillary nodes positive (ANP) group were significantly higher than that in ANN breast cancer with good prognosis group (x2=23.20, P0.05). Cath-D expression in stromal cells had no statistical difference among the three groups (x2=1.56, P>0.05). When the Cath-D expression in cancer and stromal cells were counted into the positive rate, it was near the same (u1=0.47, u2=1.41, P>0.05). Conclusion: These results suggest that Cath-D expression is one of the powerful prognostic markers in ANN breast cancer. It's a reliable, practical, and convenient method to observe and evaluate Cath-D expression in cancer cells.

  9. Management of Regional Lymph Nodes in Localized Vulvar Carcinoma

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    To evaluate the impact of postoperative radiotherapy on loco-regional failure in patients with vulvar carcinoma and to determine the treatment strategy for inguinal lymph nodes. Sixty-six patients who received treatment for primary vulvar carcinoma at Seoul National University Hospital, from October 1979 through June 2004, were retrospectively analyzed. Sixteen patients were excluded from the analysis due to the following reasons: distant metastases in two patients; palliative intent for six patients; previous radiotherapy given to the pelvis in three patients; follow-up loss after surgery for four patient; insufficient medical records for one patient. Of 50 eligible patients, 35 were treated with surgery alone (S), ten were treated with surgery followed by radiotherapy (S+RT), and five were treated with radiotherapy alone. The 5-year overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) rates of all patients were 91% and 78%, respectively. Twelve patients (26%) experienced treatment failures and the sites of initial failure were as follows: a primary site in eight patients; regional lymph nodes in three patients; the lung in one patient. Although risk factors for failure were more common in the S+RT group than the S group of patients (p pound1/40.05), the DFS rates were similar for the two groups (5-year DFS rates, 78% vs. 83%, p=0.66). The incidences of occult lymph node metastases was 10%. Ten of 31 patients with clinically negative lymph nodes did not received inguinal lymph node dissection, but no patient experienced regional failure. Postoperative radiotherapy may have a potential benefit for patients with risk factors for failure. The omission of inguinal dissection or elective radiotherapy to the inguinal lymph nodes may be considered in low-risk patients with clinically negative lymph nodes

  10. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer: the node to recovery

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    Goyal, Amit

    2010-01-01

    The widespread adoption of sentinel lymph node biopsy to stage the axilla has led to decrease in arm and shoulder morbidity. Sentinel lymph node biopsy is suitable for patients with clinically/radiologically node negative invasive breast cancer and selected patients with DCIS (those with clinical/radiological mass or extensive lesions requiring mastectomy). The combined isotope-blue dye injection technique gives the best results. We inject the isotope intra-dermally preoperatively and blue dy...

  11. The feasibility of breast cancer sentinel lymph node mapping at CT lymphography

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    Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping with CT lymphography (CT-LG). Methods: Twenty-five patients with confirmed breast cancer and no palpably axillary lymph node underwent CT-LG examination. The first one or more lymph nodes along the lymph duct draining from the injection sites to axilla were defined as SLNs, and then the LG results were compared with sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). The over- and underestimation of LG were evaluated. The quality of LG imaging was classified Grade I and II according to lymph duct appearance on volume rendering (VR). The body mass index (BMI) > 25 was considered obesity. Fisher exact test was used for the statistics. Results: (1) Of 25 patients, 5 had local mastectomy history. BMI < 25 was found in 20 cases, and ≥25 was in 5 cases. (2) All SLNs were showed by CT-LG, and Grade I and II imaging quality were achieved in 21 cases (84.0%) and 4 cases (16.0%), respectively. The obese patient tended to have a poor imaging quality (P<0.05). (3) Fifty-six SLNs and 45 lymph ducts in all 25 patients were identified on CT-LG. Compared with the results of SLNB, 7 cases (28.0%) and 9 cases (36.0%) were over- and underestimated respectively by CT-LG due to obesity and local mastectomy (P<0.05). (4) Fifty-two negative SLNs in 18 patients and 15 positive SLNs in 7 patients were confirmed by pathology through SLNB, while 56 SLNs were delineated on CT-LG with 43 negative and 13 positive. The shape in 32.6% of the negative SLNs (14/43) and 76.9% of the positive SLNs (10/13) was round, the difference was significant (P<0.05). The filling defect on the center in 9. 3% of negative SLNs (4/43) and 23.1% of positive SLNs (3/13) was demonstrated, and irregular filling defect on the margin was found only in 30. 8% of positive SLNs (4/13). 3 SLNs in 2 patients combined with small satellite lymph nodes on CT-LG were also confirmed to have tumor infiltration. Conclusion: CT-LG can clearly demonstrate the breast

  12. Enhancing regional lymph nodes from endoscopic ultrasound images

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    Nwogu, Ifeoma; Chaudhary, Vipin

    2008-03-01

    Esophageal ultrasound (EUS) is particularly useful for isolating lymph nodes in the N-staging of esophageal cancer, a disease with very poor overall prognosis. Although EUS is relatively low-cost and real time, and it provides valuable information to the clinician, its usefulness to less trained "users" including opportunities for computer-aided diagnosis is still limited due to the strong presence of spatially correlated interference noise called speckles. To this end, in this paper, we present a technique for enhancing lymph nodes in EUS images by first reducing the spatial correlation of the specular noise and then using a modified structured tensor-based anisotropic filter to complete the speckle reduction process. We report on a measure of the enhancement and also on the extent of automatic processing possible, after the speckle reduction process has taken place. Also, we show the limitations of the enhancement process by extracting relevant lymph node features from the despeckled images. When tested on five representative classes of esophageal lymph nodes, we found the despeckling process to greatly reduce the specularity of the original EUS images, therefore proving very useful for visualization purposes. But it still requires additional work for the complete automation of the lymph node characterizing process.

  13. Correlation of number and identification of sentinel nodes during radiographer led lymphoscintigraphy prior to sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer patients

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    Purpose: The sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) concept using the cutaneous (subdermal) peri-areolar approach is rapidly emerging as the technique for axillary staging in breast cancer. The procedure indicates whether axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) is necessary, therefore drastically minimising the invasiveness of surgical treatment. The SLNB concept is based on evidence suggesting that malignant disease primarily affects the sentinel node (SN) before being disseminated into the axillary lymph nodes (ALNs). Objective: This study was to define the role of lymphoscintigraphy in the visualisation of SNs during SLNB and to establish the correlation between the number of SNs identified on lymphoscintigraphy to the number of surgically identified SNs. Method: The study was a non-experimental, correlation study utilising quantitative data. Lymphoscintigraphy reports and histology results of 55 female breast cancer patients who underwent SLNB with partial or total back-up ALND, were retrospectively evaluated. Results: A maximum of 2 and a minimum of 0 sentinel nodes were visualised on lymphoscintigraphy in 52 out of 55 patients. Successful lymphoscintigraphy was highly predictive (p ≤ 0.001) of a successful SLNB as all 52 patients (94.5%) proceeded to have successful SN/s identification. There was a significant association (p ≤ 0.05) between the number of SN/s visualised on lymphoscintigraphy and the number of SN/s identified during SLNB. Lymphoscintigraphy accurately predicted the number of surgically identified SNs in 50.91% of cases (28/55). Conclusion: Considering that successful imaging effectively assures SN identification, the routine use of lymphoscintigraphy using the subdermal peri-areolar approach is fundamental in the reliable performance of SLNB.

  14. Early experiences of breast-conservation treatment without axillary dissection for breast cancer patients with clinically-negative axillary nodes

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    Nineteen patients with breast cancer who had clinically negative axillary nodes were treated with breast-conservation treatment, consisting of lumpectomy, irradiation, endocrine therapy (tamoxifen), and adjuvant chemotherapy. They were all women, whose ages ranged from 35 to 84 years with a mean of 53.8 years. Preoperative UICC staging was I in 10 patients, IIA in 8, and IIB in one; and postoperative staging was I in 7 and IIA in 12. Among evaluable 13 patients, 5 (38.5%) had microscopically positive margin. Radiation therapy was started within two to three weeks after breast-conserving surgery. Patients received irradiation to the ipsilateral breast and chest wall, including the ipsilateral axillary region, using opposed tangential fields to a dose of 4400 cGy at 275 cGy per fraction. Boost irradiation using an electron beam was delivered with a dose of 1000 cGy in 2 fractions in the last week of radiotherapy in all patients. In addition, adjuvant chemotherapy (cyclophosphamide, pirarubicin or epirubicin, 5-fluorouracil) and endocrine therapy (tamoxifen) were given. With a mean follow up of 20.7 months, one patient aged 80 died of cardiac failure and pneumonia without evidence of breast cancer progression. The other 18 patients are alive without either local failure or distant metastases. Cosmetic evaluation showed each 9 patients to be 'excellent' or 'good'. No patients have serious adverse effects as of this writing. Although the follow-up period is short and the number of patients is limited, the preliminary results of breast-conservation treatment for axillary negative breast cancer seem to be sufficiently good. (N.K.)

  15. Angiosarcoma of the Thyroid and Regional Lymph Node Metastasis

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    Lutfi Dogan

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Thyroid angiosarcomas are typically infiltrative and large tumors with very similar clinical findings of anaplastic carcinoma of thyroid. Early hematogenous metastasis is very frequent, but regional lymph node metastasis is quite rare. We present a case of angiosarcoma of the thyroid gland in a 68 years old man with regional lymph node metastasis. Total thyroidectomy with right modified radical neck dissection was applied. Four out of 19 lymph nodes dissected were seen to contain metastasis. Metastatic tumor was composed of sarcomatous areas containing large numbers of blood filled clefts. There after the surgery PET-CT was performed and multiple metastatic involvements were reported. Thyroid angiosarcomas are completely different tumors from angiomatoid anaplastic carcinomas. Longer survival with these tumors is only possible with agressive surgery and in case of regional LN metastasis, neck dissection should be done.

  16. DETECTION OF SENTINEL LYMPH NODE IN EARLY CERVICAL CANCER

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    刘琳; 李斌; 章文华

    2004-01-01

    Objective: To assess the value of sentinel lymph node (SLN) localization by lymphoscintigraphy and gamma probe detection in early cervical cancer. Methods: A total of 27 patients with operable invasive early cervical cancer and clinically proved negative pelvic lymph nodes were included in this study. The 99Tcm-dextran of 74 MBq (2 mCi) was injected around the cervix at 2( and 10(. Lymphoscintigraphy and gamma probe detection were used to find the SLN. Results: The SLN was identified in 27 patients. The sensitivity and specificity of the SLN detection to predict the metastasis of the pelvic lymph node were 100% and 100% respectively. Conclusion: Identification of the SLN using radionuclide is feasible and possible in women with early cervical cancer.

  17. Accuracy of abdominal lymph node scintigraphy in tumor diagnostics

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    In view of the diagnostical correspondence between lymph node scintigraphy and X-ray lymphograpy, this dissertation, which is based on 110 systematic comparative evaluations, examines the diagnostical weight of the scintigraphic criteria for tumor growth, discusses diagnostical discrepancies and confirms the efficacy of lymph node scintigraphy in detecting malignomas. In discussing the diagnostical results in the light of previous experience, the shortcomings of the nuclear medical method in tumor diagnostics are shown to be attributable to the uncertainty of the individual scintigraphic criteria. Owing to the variability of the lymph node system as to topography, anatomy and retention rate and the fact that it cannot morphologically be well differentiated in the scintigram, X-ray lymphography to verify the scintigraphic result and preclude misinterpretation remains an indispensable measure. (orig.)

  18. Robotic Salvage Lymph Node Dissection After Radical Prostatectomy

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    Fabio C. M. Torricelli

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACTIntroduction and objective:Radical prostatectomy is a first-line treatment for localized prostate cancer. However, in some cases, biochemical recurrence associated with imaging-detected nodal metastases may happen. Herein, we aim to present the surgical technique for salvage lymph node dissection after radical prostatectomy.Materials and Methods:A 70 year-old asymptomatic man presented with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA of 7.45ng/ mL. Digital rectal examination was normal and trans-rectal prostate biopsy revealed a prostate adenocarcinoma Gleason 7 (3+4. Pre-operative computed tomography scan and bone scintigraphy showed no metastatic disease. In other service, the patient underwent a robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy plus obturador lymphadenectomy. Pathologic examination showed a pT3aN0 tumor. After 6 months of follow-up, serum PSA was 1.45ng/mL. Further investigation with 11C–Choline PET/CT revealed only a 2-cm lymph node close to the left internal iliac artery. The patient was counseled for salvage lymph node dissection.Results:Salvage lymph node dissection was uneventfully performed. Operative time was 1.5 hour, blood loss was minimal, and there were no intra- or postoperative complications. The patient was discharged from hospital in the 1st postoperative day. After 12 months of follow-up, his PSA was undetectable with no other adjuvant therapy.Conclusion:Robotic salvage pelvic lymph node dissection is an effective option for treatment of patients with biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy and only pelvic lymph node metastasis detected by C11-Choline PET/CT.

  19. Correlation between serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor-C and sentinel lymph node status in early breast cancer.

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    Pérez, Diego; Rohde, Alexander; Callejón, Gonzalo; Pérez-Ruiz, Elisabeth; Rodrigo, Isabel; Rivas-Ruiz, Francisco; Ramos, Belen; Medina, Francisco; Villatoro, Rosa; Redondo, Maximino; Zarcos, Irene; Maañón, Claudio; Rueda, Antonio

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    Axillary lymph nodes status is the most important prognosis factor in early breast cancer. This status is known by a selective sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and/or lymphadenectomy. Immunohistochemical studies of breast cancer tumour tissue have reported a relation between the increased expression of vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) and the risk of lymph node metastasis. We researched whether serum levels of VEGF-C could be a predictor factor of sentinel lymph node status in these patients. A prospective analysis was performed on serum from 174 patients with early breast cancer who underwent SLNB. The level of VEGF-C was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Clinical-pathologic variables were collected. Univariate analysis and multivariate logistic regression were conducted, taking SLNB positivity as the segmentation variable. The predictive value of VEGF-C was assessed using ROC curves. Of the sample group of 167 patients, 64 (38.3 %) had affected lymph node. Eighteen patients (28.1 %) presented micrometastasis; there were isolated tumour cells in 11 cases (17.2 %) and macrometastasis in 35 (54.6 %). The median value of VEGF-C was 6561.5 pg/ml. These values did not correlate with any clinical variables, and there was no association between the level of VEGF-C and SLNB status (p = 0.626). In the multivariate analysis, tumour size (p = 0.009) and the presence of vascular invasion (p < 0.001) were independently associated with sentinel lymph node affected. Serum levels of VEGF-C do not appear to predict sentinel lymph node status in patients with early breast cancer who undergo SLNB. PMID:26104766

  20. CT diagnosis of abdominal lymph node metastases in hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Tanaka, T.; Nakamura, H.; Choi, S.; Morimoto, K.; Kawamoto, S.; Hori, S.; Tokunaga, K.; Yoskioka, H.; Kuroda, C.

    1985-08-01

    CT scanning is useful for diagnosing abdominal lymph node metastasis. Using this technique, histologically confirmed abdominal lymph node metastases were detected in nine of 49 patients (33 autopsy cases and 16 laparotomy cases) with hepatocellular carcinoma (hepatoma). Among the 49 patients, three had periportal (6.1%), six peripancreatic (12.2.%) and six para-aortic adenopathies (12.2%). Two of the patients had adenopathy at all three sites. Retrospectively, CT detected two periportal, four peripancreatic and all six para-aortic adenopathies. Most of the hepatomas with adenopathy showed infiltrative growth; tumour thrombosis of the portal vein was a common complication.

  1. CT diagnosis of abdominal lymph node metastases in hepatocellular carcinoma

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    CT scanning is useful for diagnosing abdominal lymph node metastasis. Using this technique, histologically confirmed abdominal lymph node metastases were detected in nine of 49 patients (33 autopsy cases and 16 laparotomy cases) with hepatocellular carcinoma (hepatoma). Among the 49 patients, three had periportal (6.1%), six peripancreatic (12.2.%) and six para-aortic adenopathies (12.2%). Two of the patients had adenopathy at all three sites. Retrospectively, CT detected two periportal, four peripancreatic and all six para-aortic adenopathies. Most of the hepatomas with adenopathy showed infiltrative growth; tumour thrombosis of the portal vein was a common complication. (orig.)

  2. Does extended lymph node dissection affect the lymph node density and survival after radical cystectomy?

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Diagnostic and therapeutic importance of pelvic lymph node (LN dissection (PLND in radical cystectomy (RC has gained recent attention. A method of pathological analysis of LN affects total number of LN removed, number of LN involved, and LN density. Objective : To compare extended lymphadenectomy to standard lymphadenectomy in terms of LN yield, density, and effect on survival. Materials and Methods : From Jan 2004 - July 2009, 78 patients underwent RC whose complete histopathological report was available for analysis. All were transitional cell carcinoma. From July 2007 onward extended LN dissection was started and LNs were sent in six packets. Twenty-eight patients of standard PLND kept in group I. Group II had 23 patients of standard PLND (LN sent in four packets, and group III had 23 patients of extended PLND (LN sent in six packets. SPSS 15 software used for statistical calculation. Results : Distribution of T-stage among three groups is not statistically significant. Median number of LN harvested were 5 (range, 1-25 in group I, 9 (range, 3-28 in group II, and 16 (range, 1-25 in group III. Although this is significant, we did not find significant difference in number of positive LN harvested. We did not find any patient with skip metastasis to common iliac LN in group 3. Conclusions : Separate package LN evaluation significantly increased the total number of LN harvested without increasing the number of positive LN and survival.

  3. Involvement of both Cervical Lymph Nodes and Retropharyngeal Lymph Nodes has prognostic value for N1 patients with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

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    The N1 definition of 2010 UICC/AJCC staging system for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) covers quite a large range of nodal pattern. The objective of this research is to investigate prognostic value of lymph nodes related factors including involvement of both cervical lymph nodes (CLNs) and retropharyngeal lymph nodes (RLNs) or not, size and number of cervical lymph nodes (CLNs) in N1 patients with NPC. 142 newly diagnosed non-metastatic N1 patients with NPC, staged according to the 2010 AJCC staging system for NPC were retrospectively enrolled. All patients had undergone contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and received radiotherapy, with or without chemotherapy as their primary treatment. The median follow-up was 48 months. The 5-year local recurrence-free survival (LFS), nodal recurrence-free survival (NFS), local-regional recurrence-free survival (LRFS), distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS), progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS) of the whole group were 82.3%, 83.0%, 81.0%, 82.1%, 75.3% and 89.8%, respectively. In univariate analysis, patients with both CLNs and RLNs involvement showed a significant lower DMFS, PFS and LRFS than the rest patients (p = 0.004 p = 0.003 and p = 0.034, respectively). Neither size nor number of CLNs affected the survival. In multivariate analysis, involvement of both CLNs and RLNs was an independent prognostic factor for DMFS and PFS (p = 0.019, p = 0.019), but there was no enough evidence confirming its prognostic value for LRFS (p = 0.051). For N1 patients with NPC, involvement of both RLNs and CLNs may be a potentially prognostic factor for distant metastasis and disease progression. The N stage for N1 patients with involvement of both cervical lymph nodes and retropharyngeal lymph nodes might need to be deliberated

  4. Risk factors for metastasis to No.14v lymph node and prognostic value of positive 14v lymph node for gastric cancer patients after surgery

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    Objective:Lymphadenectomy has been increasingly regarded as standard surgical procedure for advanced gastric cancer (GC), while necessity No.14v lymph node dissection for lower GC is still controversial.Methods: A total of 311 GC patients receiving D1+ (D1+7, 8a, 9) or D2 plus No.14v lymph node dissection in our center were enrolled. Patients were categorized into two groups based on No.14v lymph node status: positive group (PG) and negative group (NG).Results:Fifty patients (16.1%) had No.14v lymph node metastasis. Metastasis to No.4d, No.6 lymph node and distant metastasis were independent variables affecting No.14v lymph node metastasis. Patients with positive No.14v lymph node had a significant lower overall survival (OS) rate than those without (3-year OS, 34.0% vs. 67.0%,P<0.001).Conclusion:GC patients with positive No.4d and No.6 lymph node often metastasis to No.14v lymph node. Status of No.14v lymph node was an independent prognostic factor for GC staged TNM III. Patients with positive No.14v lymph node usually have a poor prognosis, while such patients without distant metastasis may beneift from a curative surgery.

  5. Follicular dendritic cells in lymph nodes after X-irradiation

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    Follicular dendritic cells (FDC), non lymphoid cells present in lymph follicles, are characterized by numerous cytoplasmic processes retaining antigen-antibody complexes. Their origin, nature and function are unknown. Mice inguinal lymph nodes after 4.5 or 7.5 Gy X-irradiation were depleted of lymphoid cells. Ultrastructural observations during the first few days post-irradiation show that FDC are unaltered and possess dendritic processes enveloping dense material. Furthermore, they show intense metabolic activity. A lamina densa, never observed so well-developed in other lymph node cells, was detected around the nuclear envelope. The localization of junctions between FDC was analysed. FDC preserve their typical cytoplasmic processes even if lymphoid cells are rare. The latter thus seem not to be responsible for the maintenance of FDC integrity or their development. The possible role of this for antibody production is discussed. Irradiated lymph nodes of lymphoid cells are highly convenient for studying FDC. Isolation of FDC from irradiated lymph organs would seem to be possible. (author)

  6. Regional lymph nodes of liver and spleen: topographic evaluation based on CT examinations of Thorotrast patients

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    The formerly used contrast medium Thorotrast is stored in liver (60 %), spleen (30 %) and their regional lymph nodes. CT scans of 22 Thorotrast patients were reviewed regarding the evaluation of the abdominal lymph nodes. Due to the high density of Thorotrast-accumulating lymph nodes (> 500 HU) and the excellent contrast sensitivity of CT, lymph nodes less than 0.4 cm in diameter can be imaged. In all more than 1300 lymph nodes could be detected (mean 63 ± 24 per patient). The goal of the study was to describe the normal topographic anatomy of the regional lymph nodes of liver and spleen, which can not be visualised by bipedal lymphography. (orig.)

  7. Abdominal lymph node metastases of hepatocellular carcinoma diagnosed by computed tomography and angiography

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    Nakamura, Hironobu; Oi, Hiromichi (Osaka Univ. (Japan). Research Inst. for Microbial Diseases); Tanaka, Takeshi; Sai, Soomi; Hori, Shinichi

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    CT scans of 164 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma were studied, and abdominal lymph node metastases were detected in 13 cases. Most of these lymph node metastases occured in periportal, peripancreatic and paraaortic lymph nodes. Ten instances of each these metastases were identified by CT. Six of the patients had metastases in all three sites. In 9 of 13 cases, lymph node metastases were demonstrated by angiography and various degrees of contrast material stain were seen. Lymph node metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma is apt to be hypervascular. Most of hepatocellular carcinoma with lymph node metastasis showed infiltrative growth, and tumor thrombosis in the portal vein was commonly complicated.

  8. Lymph node mapping using quantum dot-labeled polymersomes.

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    Bakalova, Rumiana; Zhelev, Zhivko; Nikolova, Biliana; Murayama, Shuhei; Lazarova, Desislava; Tsoneva, Iana; Aoki, Ichio

    2015-10-01

    The present study was designed to investigate whether poly-ion complex hollow vesicles (polymersomes), based on chemically-modified chitosan, are appropriate for lymph node mapping in the context of their application in the development of theranostic nanosized drug delivery systems (nano-DDS). The experiments were performed on Balb/c nude mice (colon cancer-grafted). The mice were subjected to anesthesia and quantum dot (QD(705))-labeled polymersomes (d-120 nm) were injected intravenously via the tail vein. The optical imaging was carried out on Maestro EX Imaging System (excitation filter: 435-480 nm; emission filter: 700 nm). A strong fluorescent signal, corresponding to QD(705) fluorescence, was detected in the lymph nodes, as well as in the tumor. A very weak fluorescent signal was found in the liver area. The half-life of QD(705)-labelled polymersomes was 6 ± 2 hours in the bloodstream and 11 ± 3 hours in the lymph nodes. The data suggest that polymersomes are very promising carriers for lymph node mapping using QD as a contrast agent. They are useful matrix for development of nano-formulations with theranostic capabilities. PMID:26221745

  9. Using the lymph nodal ratio to predict the risk of locoregional recurrence in lymph node-positive breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy without radiation therapy

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    To evaluate the prognostic value of axillary lymph node ratio (LNR) as compared to the number of involved nodes (pN stage) in patients with axillary lymph node-positive breast cancer treated with mastectomy without radiation. We performed a retrospective analysis of the clinical data of patients with stage II-III node-positive breast cancer (N=1068) between 1998 and 2007. Locoregional recurrence-free survival (LRFS) and overall survival (OS) were compared based on the LNR and pN staging. A total of 780 cases were classified as pN1, 183 as pN2, and 105 as pN3. With respect to LNR, 690 cases had a LNR from 0.01-0.20, 269 cases a LNR from 0.21-0.65, and 109 cases a LNR > 0.65. The median follow-up time was 62 months. Univariate analysis showed that both LNR and pN stage were prognostic factors of LRFS and OS (p<0.05). Multivariate analysis indicated that LNR was an independent prognostic factor of LRFS and OS (p<0.05). pN stage had no significant effect on LRFS or OS (p>0.05). In subgroup analysis, the LNR identified groups of patients with different survival rates based on pN stage. LNR is superior to pN staging as a prognostic factor in lymph node-positive breast cancer after mastectomy, and should be used as one of the indications for adjuvant radiation therapy

  10. LCP nanoparticle for tumor and lymph node metastasis imaging

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    Tseng, Yu-Cheng

    A lipid/calcium/phosphate (LCP) nanoparticle formulation (particle diameter ˜25 nm) has previously been developed to delivery siRNA with superior efficiency. In this work, 111In was formulated into LCP nanoparticles to form 111In-LCP for SPECT/CT imaging. With necessary modifications and improvements of the LCP core-washing and surface-coating methods, 111In-LCP grafted with polyethylene glycol exhibited reduced uptake by the mononuclear phagocytic system. SPECT/CT imaging supported performed biodistribution studies, showing clear tumor images with accumulation of 8% or higher injected dose per gram tissue (ID/g) in subcutaneous, human-H460, lung-cancer xenograft and mouse-4T1, breast cancer metastasis models. Both the liver and the spleen accumulated ˜20% ID/g. Accumulation in the tumor was limited by the enhanced permeation and retention effect and was independent of the presence of a targeting ligand. A surprisingly high accumulation in the lymph nodes (˜70% ID/g) was observed. In the 4T1 lymph node metastasis model, the capability of intravenously injected 111In-LCP to visualize the size-enlarged and tumor-loaded sentinel lymph node was demonstrated. By analyzing the SPECT/CT images taken at different time points, the PK profiles of 111In-LCP in the blood and major organs were determined. The results indicated that the decrement of 111In-LCP blood concentration was not due to excretion, but to tissue penetration, leading to lymphatic accumulation. Larger LCP (diameter ˜65 nm) nanoparticles were also prepared for the purpose of comparison. Results indicated that larger LCP achieved slightly lower accumulation in the tumor and lymph nodes, but much higher accumulation in the liver and spleen; thus, larger nanoparticles might not be favorable for imaging purposes. We also demonstrated that LCP with a diameter of ˜25 nm were better able to penetrate into tissues, travel in the lymphatic system and preferentially accumulate in the lymph nodes due to 1) small

  11. Axillary sentinel node identification in breast cancer patients: degree of radioactivity present at biopsy is critical

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    Nielsen, Kristina R; Oturai, Peter S; Friis, Esbern;

    2011-01-01

    The radioactivity present in the patient (Act(rem) ) at sentinel node (SN) biopsy will depend on injected activity amount as well as on the time interval from tracer injection to biopsy, which both show great variations in the literature. The purpose of this study was to analyse the influence of...... varying Act(rem) levels on the outcome of axillary SN biopsy in patients with breast cancer (BC)....

  12. The value of level III clearance in patients with axillary and sentinel node positive breast cancer.

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    Dillon, Mary F

    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND: The value of level III axillary clearance is contentious, with great variance worldwide in the extent and levels of clearance performed. OBJECTIVE: To determine rates of level III positivity in patients undergoing level I-III axillary clearance, and identify which patients are at highest risk of involved level III nodes. METHODS: From a database of 2850 patients derived from symptomatic and population-based screening service, 1179 patients who underwent level I-III clearance between the years 1999-2007 were identified. The pathology, surgical details, and prior sentinel nodes biopsies of patients were recorded. RESULTS: Eleven hundred seventy nine patients had level I-III axillary clearance. Of the patients, 63% (n = 747) were node positive. Of patients with node positive disease, 23% (n = 168) were level II positive and 19% (n = 141) were level III positive. Two hundred fifty patients had positive sentinel node biopsies prior to axillary clearance. Of these, 12% (n = 30) and 9% (n = 22) were level II and level III positive, respectively. On multivariate analysis, factors predictive of level III involvement in patients with node positive disease were tumor size (P < 0.001, OR = 1.36; 95% CI: 1.2-1.5), invasive lobular disease (P < 0.001, OR = 3.6; 95% CI: 1.9-6.95), extranodal extension (P < 0.001, OR = 0.27; 95% CI: 0.18-0.4), and lymphovascular invasion (P = 0.04, OR = 0.58; 95% CI: 0.35-1). Lobular invasive disease (P = 0.049, OR = 4.1; 95% CI: 1-16.8), extranodal spread (P = 0.003, OR = 0.18; 95% CI: 0.06-0.57), and having more than one positive sentinel node (P = 0.009, OR = 4.9; 95% CI: 1.5-16.1) were predictive of level III involvement in patients with sentinel node positive disease. CONCLUSION: Level III clearance has a selective but definite role to play in patients who have node positive breast carcinoma. Pathological characteristics of the primary tumor are of particular use in identifying those who are at various risk of level III nodal

  13. Lymph Node Assessment in Endometrial Cancer: Towards Personalized Medicine

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    Fabien Vidal

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    Full Text Available Endometrial cancer (EC is the most common malignancy of the female reproductive tract and is increasing in incidence. Lymphovascular invasion and lymph node (LN status are strong predictive factors of recurrence. Therefore, the determination of the nodal status of patients is mandatory to optimally tailor adjuvant therapies and reduce local and distant recurrences. Imaging modalities do not yet allow accurate lymph node staging; thus pelvic and aortic lymphadenectomies remain standard staging procedures. The clinical data accumulated recently allow us to define low- and high-risk patients based on pre- or peroperative findings that will allow the clinician to stratify the patients for their need of lymphadenectomies. More recently, several groups have been introducing sentinel node mapping with promising results as an alternative to complete lymphadenectomy. Finally, the use of peroperative algorithm for risk determination could improve patient's staging with a reduction of lymphadenectomy-related morbidity.

  14. Sentinel lymph node (Sln) detection in vulvar cancer

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    Full text: The purpose of the study is to verify the feasibility of the sentinel lymph node (SLN) procedure in patients with evidence of vulva cancer. We studied 13 women with early stage (T1/T2) carcinoma of the vulva. One day before surgery a lymphoscintigraphy was done. We injected intradermally an average 76 MBq of 99mTc-labelled human colloides (Albu-Res(r) in 0.4-0.6 ml NaCI at 4 locations round the tumor regarding the midline. Because of the large particles the colloid was filtered before to obtain the small particle fraction between 200-450 nm. Immediately alter injection a dynamic scintigraphy was performed with 28 images, 1 minute per frame. Additional we made static images, 5 minutes per image, 30 and 120 minutes after injection. The location of the SLN was marked on the skin. The SLN was intraoperatively identified using a hand-held gamma probe. In every case a complete inguino-femoral lymph node dissection was done. In all cases we could show one or more (on average 3) SLN by means of lymphoscintigraphy and in 11/13 cases we could detect SLN by using the gamma probe. Lymph channels were seen in 7/13 dynamic studies. 4/13 patients had lymph node metastasis in the SLN (3/4 cases only the SLN and in 1/4 cases the SLN and one additional lymph node were positive). We did not found any tumor-positive non-sentinel lymph node in case of tumor-negative SLN. The morbidity after operation of patients with vulva cancer is considerable and related to the groin dissection. The selective SLN-biopsy instead of radical groin dissection is feasible to reduce the morbidity without a loss of staging and prognostic factors. This method should be restricted to patients with early stage vulva cancer with clinically uninvolved lymph nodes. Further studies are needed to evaluate the accuracy and clinical validity of this procedure. (author)

  15. Abnormal position of lymph nodes in a freemartin sheep

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    Salazar PA

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Angela M Gonella-Diaza, Luz Zoraya Duarte, Sergio Dominguez, Pedro A SalazarClínica de Grandes Animales, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y de Zootecnia, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, Bucaramanga, Santander, ColombiaAbstract: In this freemartin case report the authors present the clinical and morphological findings of a freemartin ewe with an abnormal position of two lymph nodes. Freemartins, infertile females from mixed-sex twin pregnancies, are chimeras, having two cell populations: one of their own (XX DNA and one from their male twin (XY DNA. Freemartins can have varying degrees of phenotypic masculinization, including, in some cases, having active male gonads and exhibiting male behaviors such as heat detection and aggressiveness. During the clinical examination of the freemartin ewe, a morphological abnormality of the vulva, the presence of scrotal sacs, and a lack of mammary tissue development were noted. On inspection of the vaginal channel, an extremely enlarged clitoris, resembling a penis, was found. The clinical evidence suggested freemartinism. After the karyotyping diagnosis confirmation, a necropsy was performed and samples were taken for histology and immunohistochemistry. There were two structures found in the scrotal sacs; however, these were found to be lymph nodes, not testicles, and this was confirmed by CD3 lymph protein coloration. On histological study, the phallic structure showed corpus cavernosum and tunica albuginea. The testicles were found retained inside the abdominal cavity, with the presence of atrophic seminiferous tubules. Although the position of the testicles in freemartins has been reported as highly variable, this is the first time, to the best of the authors' knowledge, that a case has been reported where lymph nodes have been found inside the scrotal sacs. It is possible that these were the inguinal lymph nodes, trapped inside the scrotum during fetal growth and development.Keywords: freemartinism

  16. Chest CT findings in EBUS-TBNA-proven anthracosis in enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes

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    Kirchner, J. [Allgemeines Krankenhaus Hagen (Germany). Dept. of Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology; Mueller, P. [Allgemeines Krankenhaus Hagen (Germany). Dept. of Medicine; Broll, M.; Kirchner, E.M. [Sana Klinikum Duisburg (Germany). Dept. of Medicine; Pomjanski, N.; Biesterfeld, S. [University Hospital Duesseldorf (Germany). Dept. of Pathology; Liermann, D. [Marien Hospital, Herne (Germany). Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine; Kickuth, R. [University Hospital Wuerzburg (Germany). Dept. of Radiology

    2014-12-15

    We demonstrate the multislice computed tomography (MSCT) findings of endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA)-proven hilar and mediastinal lymph node enlargement with signs of anthracosis. 53 enlarged lymph nodes in 39 patients (28 male, 11 female) with EBUS-TBNA-confirmed anthracosis were analyzed retrospectively. The mean short axis diameter of the enlarged lymph nodes with signs of anthracosis was 13.7 mm. Lymph nodes most often showed an oval shape (84%) and were well defined in 66% of cases. Lymph node confluence was observed in 32% of cases. Calcifications were documented in 24.5% of cases. Contrast enhancement and fatty involution were seen seldom (3.8%). Lymph node necrosis was not seen. Lymph node anthracosis may be found most often in enlarged, well defined lymph nodes with an oval shape, frequently associated with confluence and calcifications.

  17. Chest CT findings in EBUS-TBNA-proven anthracosis in enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes

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    We demonstrate the multislice computed tomography (MSCT) findings of endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA)-proven hilar and mediastinal lymph node enlargement with signs of anthracosis. 53 enlarged lymph nodes in 39 patients (28 male, 11 female) with EBUS-TBNA-confirmed anthracosis were analyzed retrospectively. The mean short axis diameter of the enlarged lymph nodes with signs of anthracosis was 13.7 mm. Lymph nodes most often showed an oval shape (84%) and were well defined in 66% of cases. Lymph node confluence was observed in 32% of cases. Calcifications were documented in 24.5% of cases. Contrast enhancement and fatty involution were seen seldom (3.8%). Lymph node necrosis was not seen. Lymph node anthracosis may be found most often in enlarged, well defined lymph nodes with an oval shape, frequently associated with confluence and calcifications.

  18. Endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic sonoelastography, and strain ratio evaluation of lymph nodes with histology as gold standard

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    Larsen, Michael Hareskov; Fristrup, Claus Wilki; Hansen, Tine Plato; Hovendal, Claus; Mortensen, Michael Bau

    2012-01-01

    . Endoscopic sonoelastography (ESE) assesses the elasticity of lymph nodes and has been used to differentiate lymph nodes with promising results. The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of EUS, EUS - FNA, ESE, and ESE-strain ratio using histology as the gold standard. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with......, EUS - FNA and EUS - FNM were performed. The marked lymph node was isolated during surgery for histological examination. RESULTS: The marked lymph node was isolated for separate histological examination in 56 patients, of whom 22 (39 %) had malignant lymph nodes and 34 (61 %) had benign lymph nodes...... EUS - FNM technique enabled the identification of a specific lymph node and thereby the use of histology as gold standard. ESE and ESE-strain ratio were no better than standard EUS in differentiating between malignant and benign lymph nodes in patients with resectable upper gastrointestinal cancer....

  19. Near infrared fluorescent chlorophyll nanoscale liposomes for sentinel lymph node mapping

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Lina Fan,1,* Qiang Wu,1,* Maoquan Chu1,21School of Life Science and Technology, 2The Institute for Advanced Materials and Nano Biomedicine Tongji University, Shanghai, People's Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this workBackground: Sentinel lymph node (SLN mapping using in vivo near infrared fluorescence imaging has attracted great attention during the past few years. Here we report on the early use of poorly water-soluble chlorophyll with near infrared fluorescence extracted from the leaf of Chimonanthus salicifolius, for mouse axillary SLN mapping.Methods and results: To improve the water solubility and SLN targeting of the chlorophyll, we encapsulated the chlorophyll in nanoscale liposomes. The liposome-coated chlorophyll nanocomposites obtained were spherical in shape and had an average diameter of 21.7 ± 6.0 nm. The nanocomposites dispersed well in water, and in aqueous suspension they exhibited brighter near infrared fluorescence than chlorophyll alone. After incubation of the nanocomposites with normal liver cells (QSG-7701 and macrophage cells (Ana-1 for no more than 48 hours, there was no obvious reduction in cell viability. When the nanocomposites were injected intradermally into the paw of a mouse, the axillary SLN was found to be strongly fluorescent and was easily visualized in real time without a requirement for surgery. The intensity of the near infrared fluorescence emitted by the SLN was obviously brighter than that emitted by the SLN of another mouse that had been intradermally injected with chlorophyll alone.Conclusion: Our data show that the liposome-coated chlorophyll nanocomposites could have great potential for clinical SLN mapping due to their lack of toxicity, bright near infrared fluorescence, and small diameter.Keywords: chlorophyll, liposomes, nanocomposites, near infrared fluorescence, sentinel lymph node mapping

  20. Sentinel lymph node detection after transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty: a prospective controlled study utilizing lymphoscintigraphy in 43 breasts

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    Objective: To evaluate the potential influence of transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty on future detection of sentinel lymph node. Materials and methods: Prospective controlled study where 22 patients were selected and divided into two groups (post-mammoplasty and control) corresponding to 43 breasts (22 in the post-mammoplasty group and 21 in the control group) evaluated by lymphoscintigraphy immediately after periareolar 99mTc-phytate injections. In the statistical analysis, p values < 0.05 were considered as significant. Results: All the breasts in the post-mammoplasty group presented lymphatic drainage to the axillary chain, with no difference as compared with the control group (p 0.488). The average number of hot lymph nodes was 1.27 ± 0.46 in the post-mammoplasty group, and 1.33 ± 0.58 in the control group (p = 0.895). The mean time required to visualize the first lymph node was 3.14 ± 4.42 minutes in the post mammoplasty group, and 5.48 ± 5.06 minutes in the control group (p 0.136). Conclusion: Transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty did not affect the future detection of sentinel lymph node. (author)

  1. Sentinel lymph node detection after transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty: a prospective controlled study utilizing lymphoscintigraphy in 43 breasts

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    Sado, Heitor Naoki; Yamada, Airton Seiji [Centro de Radioimunoensaio e Medicina Nuclear do Parana (CERMEN), Curitiba, PR (Brazil)]. E-mail: heitor@cermen.com.br; Graf, Ruth Maria; Timi, Jorge Rufino Ribas; Matias, Jorge Eduardo Fouto [Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Hospital de Clinicas. Cirurgia Plastica; Urban, Cicero Andrade [Universidade Posotivo (UnicenP), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Centro Universitario Positivo; Woellner, Luiz Carlos [Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Hospital de Clinicas. Medicina Nuclear; Ferreira, Eduardo de Castro [Universidade Federal do Maranhao (UFMA), Sao Luis, MA (Brazil). Hospital Universitario

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    Objective: To evaluate the potential influence of transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty on future detection of sentinel lymph node. Materials and methods: Prospective controlled study where 22 patients were selected and divided into two groups (post-mammoplasty and control) corresponding to 43 breasts (22 in the post-mammoplasty group and 21 in the control group) evaluated by lymphoscintigraphy immediately after periareolar {sup 99m}Tc-phytate injections. In the statistical analysis, p values < 0.05 were considered as significant. Results: All the breasts in the post-mammoplasty group presented lymphatic drainage to the axillary chain, with no difference as compared with the control group (p 0.488). The average number of hot lymph nodes was 1.27 {+-} 0.46 in the post-mammoplasty group, and 1.33 {+-} 0.58 in the control group (p = 0.895). The mean time required to visualize the first lymph node was 3.14 {+-} 4.42 minutes in the post mammoplasty group, and 5.48 {+-} 5.06 minutes in the control group (p 0.136). Conclusion: Transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty did not affect the future detection of sentinel lymph node. (author)

  2. Differential Gene Expression in Primary Breast Tumors Associated with Lymph Node Metastasis

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    Ellsworth, Rachel E; Field, Lori A.; Brad Love; Kane, Jennifer L.; Hooke, Jeffrey A.; Craig D. Shriver

    2011-01-01

    Lymph node status remains one of the most useful prognostic indicators in breast cancer; however, current methods to assess nodal status disrupt the lymphatic system and may lead to secondary complications. Identification of molecular signatures discriminating lymph node-positive from lymph node-negative primary tumors would allow for stratification of patients requiring surgical assesment of lymph nodes. Primary breast tumors from women with negative ( = 4 1 ) and positive ( = 3 5 ) lymp...

  3. Prognostic significance of metastatic lymph nodes ratio in patients with gastric adenocarcinoma after curative gastrectomy

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    Zhang Meiling; Wang Jian; Shi Wei; Chen Wenjiao; Li Wei; Shu Yongqian; Liu Ping

    2014-01-01

    Background We evaluated the impact of the number of metastatic lymph nodes and the metastatic lymph nodes ratio (the ratio between metastatic lymph nodes and total dissected lymph nodes,MLNR) in patients with gastric adenocaminoma following curative gastrectomy and also analyzed the relationship between the number of removed lymph nodes and prognosis in node-negative gastric cancer.Methods From January 2005 to December 2010,1 390 patients who were diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma and underwent curative gastrectomy were included.In particular,lymph node metastasis was not present in 515 patients.The number of metastatic lymph nodes and the metastatic lymph nodes ratio were selected for univariate and multivariate analyses to evaluate their influences on the disease outcome.The survival curve was presented according to the number of removed lymph nodes in node-negative gastric cancer using Kaplan-Meier plots.Results The overall 5-year survival rate was 54% in this group.Univariate analysis revealed that age category,macroscopic appearance,histological grade,tumor size,depth of primary tumor invasion,number of metastatic lymph nodes,metastatic lymph nodes ratio,tumor,nodes,metastasis-classification (TNM) stage and status of lymphovascular,and vessel invasion have significant impact on survival.The number of metastatic lymph nodes and the metastatic lymph nodes ratio both have significant impact on survival (P <0.001).However,in multivariate analyses,only the metastatic lymph nodes ratio was identified to be an independent prognostic factor (P <0.001).The number of removed lymph nodes in node-negative was a strong prognostic factor of survival,the more lymph nodes dissected,the better the survival.Conclusions The metastatic lymph nodes ratio has more significant prognostic value for survival in patients with gastric cancer following curative gastrectomy than the number of metastatic lymph nodes.The number of removed lymph nodes miaht be an important

  4. Efficacy of 3D-CT lymphography for sentinel lymph node byopsy in breast cancer

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    In this study, three-dimensional computed tomography lymphography (3D-CTLG), a recently developed technique using a contrast medium in sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB), was evaluated in terms of efficacy. A mixture of 1-2.5 ml of iopamidol and 0.5 ml of 1% xylocaine was injected subareolarly in 51 patients with operable breast cancer. Within two minutes after the 15-30 sec gentle massage of the injection sites, 1.25 mm-thick cross-sectional CT images of the breast and axilla were taken. These images were reconstructed into 3D images to identify the location, size and number of the sentinel lymph nodes (SLN). All the subjects underwent dye-guided SLNB with a backup axillary dissection. The accuracy of the procedure was evaluated pathologically. In the first ten cases, we failed to obtain stabilized results due to lack of experience with the procedure. In the remaining 15 cases, with increased experience, the identification rate was 100% and the false-negative rate was 0%. The 3D-CTLG, allowing easy and accurate identification of SLN, is an appropriate procedure for visualizing SLN and lymphatic vessels. A concurrent use of the dye-guided method with the 3D-CTLG is useful for SLNB. (author)

  5. Occipital lymph node metastasis from nasopharyngeal carcinoma:a special case report and literature review

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    Jing Yang; Wei-Xiong Xia; Yan-Qun Xiang; Xing Lv; Liang-Ru Ke; Ya-Hui Yu; Xiang Guo

    2016-01-01

    Cervical lymph node metastasis is common in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), but occipital lymph node metastasis in NPC patients has not yet been reported. In this case report, we describe an NPC patient with occipital lymph node metastasis. The clinical presentation, diagnostic procedure, treatment, and outcome of this case were presented, with a review of the related literature.

  6. Retroperitoneal pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma metastasizing to inguinal lymph node

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    Full Text Available Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS is a highly aggressive, malignant tumor of skeletal muscle cell, associated with an early and a wide spread metastasis. Although a commonly occurring soft tissue sarcoma in the pediatric population, it is seldom encountered in adults. Outcome for adult RMS is poorly documented due to its rarity. We report a case of pleomorphic RMS (PRMS in a 50 years male presenting with an intra-abdominal mass along with a swelling in the right inguinal region measuring 4 cm Χ 3 cm. Computed tomography revealed an ill-defined intra-abdominal mass arising from the peritoneum. Abdominal mass was resected along with the dissection of inguinal lymph node. Histopathological examination of these masses coupled with the immunohistochemistry, confirmed the diagnosis of PRMS metastasizing into inguinal lymph node. Despite of adjuvant radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the patient couldn′t survive >3 months and died of widespread lung metastasis.

  7. Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP): a rare association of lymph node tuberculosis.

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    Surana, Anuj P; Shelgikar, Kishor M; Melinkeri, Sameer; Phadke, Arvind

    2014-01-01

    Although various haematologic abnormalities are known to occur with tuberculosis, association of immune thrombocytopenia with tuberculosis is uncommon. We report a case of retroperitoneal lymph node tuberculosis who presented with ITP. A 76 year old female was admitted to our hospital with oral mucosal bleed and petechial lesions over extremities and abdomen. A diagnosis of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) was established. Intravenous Anti-D immunoglobulin and Dexamethasone therapy was started, but failed to elicit any sustained platelet response. CT abdomen revealed multiple retroperitoneal lymph nodes with central necrosis. Histopathology (HPE) of these revealed caseating lymphadenitis suggestive of tuberculosis. After 2 months of anti-tuberculous therapy, the platelet counts returned to normal and patient was off all therapy for ITP thereby suggesting likely association between tuberculosis and immune thrombocytopenia. PMID:25327103

  8. RECURRENT MARJOLIN’S ULCER WITH REGIONAL LYMPH NODE METASTASIS

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Marjolin’s ulcer is a malignant tumour developing in a chronic skin lesion (burn scar, vaccination scar, non-healing wound etc.. Th e majority of cases reported are squamous cell carcinoma. Surgery remains the first treatment of choice (resection with 2cms. safety margin of healthy skin for primary squamous cell car cinoma Marjolin ulcers and 2.5cms. safety margin for recurrent cases. Recurrence after surge ry and regional lymph node metastasis are not uncommon (17% & 30% respectively.We presents a c ase report and literature review of Recurrent Marjolin’s Ulcer with regional Lymph Node Metastasis. Marjolin's ulcer should be considered as a significant post-burn complication; i t should be treated with full emphasis on adequate local clearance and regular follow up for m any years; if not treated adequately, it may lead to complicated recurrence.

  9. Two cases of giant lymph node hyperplasia (Castleman's lymphoma)

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    Giant lymph node hyperplasia (Castleman's lymphoma) is a rare disease. Only 86 cases habe been reported in Japan. Among these 86 cases, only four have included the results of scintigrams taken using 67Ga-citrate. In the present study, our experience of two cases showing positively integrated images on scintigrams using 67Ga-citrate is reported. Case 1 was a 61-year-old man who visited our hospital with a complaint of a tumor in the left groin, and Case 2 was a 60-year-old woman who visited our hospital with a complaint of a left cervical tumor. In these two cases, positively integrated images on scintigrams using 67Ga-citrate were recognized and giant lymph node hyperplasia was diagnosed upon histopathological examination. (author)

  10. The Prognostic Value of Harvested Lymph Nodes and the Metastatic Lymph Node Ratio for Gastric Cancer Patients: Results of a Study of 1,101 Patients

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    Chen, Shi; Zhao, Bai-wei; Li, Yuan-Fang; Feng, Xing-Yu; Sun, Xiao-wei; Li, Wei; Zhou, Zhi-Wei; Zhan, You-Qing; Qian, Chao-Nan; Chen, Ying-Bo

    2012-01-01

    Aim To investigate whether the recommendation to remove 15 lymph nodes that is used in the staging system is necessary to assess gastric cancer progression and to evaluate whether our metastatic lymph node ratio dividing method, adapted from the AJCC’s (American Joint Committee on Cancer) 7th TNM staging system, is helpful for the patients with fewer than 15 harvested lymph nodes. Methods We performed a retrospective study of 1101 patients with histologically diagnosed gastric cancer who unde...

  11. Staging of Cervical Lymph Nodes in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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    Norling, Rikke; Buron, Birgitte Marie Due; Therkildsen, Marianne Hamilton;

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    INTRODUCTION: Clinical staging of patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is crucial for the choice of treatment. Computed tomography (CT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are typically recommended and used for staging of the cervical lymph nodes (LNs). Although ultrasonography (US...... patients (6%) were over-staged by US. CONCLUSION: The addition of US to the clinical work-up of patients with cN0 OSCC increases the detection of metastases, thus US potentially reduces the number of patients requiring a secondary neck surgery after sentinel node biopsy....

  12. Lymph node metastasis in the biliary tract carcinoma: CT evaluation

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    Lee, Byung Hee; Lee, Ah Ra; Kim, Kie Hwan; Do, Young Soo; Chin, Soo Yil [Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    The primary biliary carcinoma is usually unresectable at presentation, because of early lymphatic spread. To determine the incidence and the spread pattern of lymph node metastases according to the location of the primary tumor, we analyzed the CT scans of the patients with primary biliary adenocarcinoma. We reviewed the CT scans of 92 patients with pathologically proven primary biliary adenocacinima, including 45 peripheral cholangiocarcinomas, 22 hilar cholangiocarcinomas, 18 gallbladder carcinomas, and 7 common bile duct carcinomas. Positive adenopathy was diagnosed when the node exceeded 10 mm in short axis. The overall incidence of nodal metastases was 59.8% (55/92); 66.7% in peripheral cholangiocarcinoma, 54.5% in hilar cholangiocarcinoma, 55.6% in gallbladder carcinoma, and 42.9% in common bile duct carcinoma. The most commonly involved nodal group was the lesser omentum, followed by the celiac, periaortic, and peripancreatic group. The phrenic node group was only involved in the cases with the peripheral or hilar cholangiocarcinoma. The primary biliary carcinoma has a high incidence of lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis, and shows different nodal spread pattern according to the location of the primary tumor. Involvement of the phrenic node was limited to the peripheral and hilar cholangiocarcinoma.

  13. [Concurrent association of reirradiation therapy with everolimus for lymph node metastasis of gastroesophageal junction cancer: a case report].

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    Pernin, V; Beuzeboc, P; Peurien, D; Louvet, C; Kirova, Y

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    Advanced gastric cancer or gastro-oesophageal junction cancer after a failure of first line chemotherapy have poor outcome. Hereby, we present the first patient treated by radiotherapy with concurrent everolimus, a mTor inhibitor, for a reirradiation of metastasis invading left axillary, infraclavicular and supraclavicular lymph nodes in progression despite several lines of chemotherapy. After 6 months of follow-up, this association provided a satisfactory anti-tumor efficiency and tolerance. Nevertheless, clinical trials are needed in order to confirm this strategy for the treatment of gastric cancer metastasis. PMID:24981410

  14. Ultrasonography for diagnostic evaluation of the skin and lymph nodes

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    The textbook presents: A comprehensive survey of all aspects and capabilities of ultrasonography applied as a diagnostic tool in dermatology; practical guidance on the various established applications for diagnostic evaluation of the skin and subcutaneous lymph nodes; interpretation of findings, enhanced by a large number of images; the information and knowledge required to pass examinations for qualification as an expert in 'ultrasonic diagnosis of skin lesions'. (orig./CB)

  15. Endobronchial Ultrasound Elastography for Diagnosing Mediastinal and Hilar Lymph Nodes

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    Hai-Yan He; Mao Huang; Jie Zhu; Hang Ma; Xue-Dong Lyu

    2015-01-01

    Background: Pathophysiological processes, such as malignancy, can lead to the formation of stiffer tissue in lung cancers. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) elastography is a novel technique for measuring tissue stiffness during EBUS-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA). The current study was conducted to investigate the diagnostic value of EBUS elastography for mediastinal and hilar lymph node metastasis in lung cancers. Methods: From January 2014 to January 2015, 40 patient...

  16. Lymph nodes cytology in HIV seropositive cases with haematological alterations

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    Neelima Tirumalasetti; Prema Latha, P.

    2014-01-01

    Background & objectives: Lymphadenopathy and haematological alterations are the earliest manifestations with other associated opportunistic infections and malignancies. Hence, there is a need for simple investigations like fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) for evaluation of HIV lymphadenopathy and a haemogram to interpret the haematological alterations. This study was undertaken to analyze the cytological patterns of lymph node lesions in HIV/AIDS patients, to compare with available clin...

  17. SENTINEL LYMPH NODE CONCEPT IN DIFFERENTIATED THYROID CANCER

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    Markovic Ivan

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC account up to 90% of all thyroid malignacies, and represents the most common malignant tumors of endocrine system. The incidence of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC, especially small tumors is rapidly increasing during past three decades. At the time of diagnosis, the incidence of lymph node metastases (LNM ranges from 80 to 90%. During the last 15 years, LNM were recognized as bad prognostic factor for both local-regional relapse (LRR and cancer specific survival. There is general agreement that neck dissections are indicated in cases of clinically apparent LNM. The subject of the current controversy is the surgical treatment of occult LNM that remain unrecognized on preoperative diagnosis (cN0. The extent of operations of the lymph nodes ranges from “wait and see” so-called “Western school” principle substantiated the role of applying ablative I131therapy and frequency peroperative complications (recurrent laryngeal nerve injury and hypoparathyroidism, especially for less experienced teams to mutual prophylactic dissection of the central and lateral compartments so-called “Japanese school” due to the limited use of radioactive iodine therapy and significantly lower operating morbidity if dissetion was done during primary operation. Despite high prevalence of occult LNM, existing controversies regarding diagnosis, longterm prognostic impact and extent of lymph node surgery, motivated some authors to apply consept of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNb in DTC, taking into account excellent results of SLN concept in breast cancer and skin melanoma. This review presents the summarized results of relevant studies and three meta-analysis of accuracy and applicability of SLN concept in patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma.

  18. Peripheral blood and mesenteric lymph node lymphocytes in Crohn's disease.

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    Richens, E R; Thorp, C M; Bland, P W; Gough, K R

    1980-01-01

    Analysis of peripheral blood lymphocytes from 44 patients with Crohn's disease showed no difference in the proportions of T- and B-cells from those in 38 healthy controls. Analysis revealed no disturbances in relation to duration or to activity of disease or to drug treatment. Lymphocytes from 18 patients with rheumatoid arthritis also showed normal proportions of T- and B-cells. Lymphocytes taken from gut lymph nodes were studied in five patients with Crohn's disease. On comparison with peri...

  19. Intraoperative frozen section assessment of sentinel lymph nodes in the operative management of women with symptomatic breast cancer

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Maximisation of the potential of sentinel lymph node biopsy as a minimally invasive method of axillary staging requires sensitive intraoperative pathological analysis so that rates of re-operation for lymphatic metastases are minimised. The aim of this study was to describe the test parameters of the frozen section evaluation of sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer compared to the gold standard of standard permanent pathological evaluation at our institution. Methods The accuracy of intraoperative frozen section (FS of sentinel nodes was determined in 94 consecutive women undergoing surgery for clinically node negative, invasive breast cancer (37:T1 disease; 43:T2; 14:T3. Definitive evidence of lymphatic spread on FS indicated immediate level II axillary clearance while sentinel node "negativity" on intraoperative testing led to the operation being curtailed to allow formal H&E analysis of the remaining sentinel nodal tissue. Results Intraoperative FS correctly predicted axillary involvement in 23/30 patients with lymphatic metastases (76% sensitivity rate permitting definitive surgery to be completed at the index operation in 87 women (93% overall. All SN found involved on FS were confirmed as harbouring tumour cells on subsequent formal specimen examination (100% specificity and positive predictive value with 16 patients having additional non-sentinel nodes found also to contain tumour. Negative Predictive Values were highest in women with T1 tumours (97% and lessened with more local advancement of disease (T2 rates: 86%; T3: 75%. Of those with falsely negative FS, three had only micrometastatic disease. Conclusion Intraoperative FS reliably evaluates the status of the sentinel node allowing most women complete their surgery in a single stage. Thus SN can be offered with increased confidence to those less likely to have negative axillae hence expanding the population of potential beneficiaries.

  20. The importance of lymph node biopsy in diagnosis on lymphadenopathy

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    A study of 826 consecutive lymph node biopsies received during the period of four year from 1993-1996 was conducted to determine its role in arriving at a diagnosis and to see the pattern of diseases with which patient presented. These biopsies was interpreted. In the Department of Pathology, PNS Shifa Naval Hospital, a tertiary care center for the armed forces personnel in the southern part of Pakistan. The age of the patients varied from 10 months to 88 years. The commonest pathology encountered was tuberculosis (50.9%), followed by reactive hyperplasia (33.2%), malignant lymphomas (5.8%) and metastatic tumors (4.9%). Miscellaneous conditions like necrotizing lymphadenitis, infections mononucleosis, sarcoidosis, castle man's disease and lepromatous leprosy comprised 0.3% each. Cases of lymphadenopathy can now be diagnosed by other means such as fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) of the palpable lymph node but still lymph node biopsy plays an important role in typing of lymphomas and helps in those cases which cannot be diagnosed definitely by fine needle aspiration cytology. (author)

  1. Fluorescence spectroscopy using indocyanine green for lymph node mapping

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    Haj-Hosseini, Neda; Behm, Pascal; Shabo, Ivan; Wârdell, Karin

    2014-02-01

    The principles of cancer treatment has for years been radical resection of the primary tumor. In the oncologic surgeries where the affected cancer site is close to the lymphatic system, it is as important to detect the draining lymph nodes for metastasis (lymph node mapping). As a replacement for conventional radioactive labeling, indocyanine green (ICG) has shown successful results in lymph node mapping; however, most of the ICG fluorescence detection techniques developed are based on camera imaging. In this work, fluorescence spectroscopy using a fiber-optical probe was evaluated on a tissue-like ICG phantom with ICG concentrations of 6-64 μM and on breast tissue from five patients. Fiber-optical based spectroscopy was able to detect ICG fluorescence at low intensities; therefore, it is expected to increase the detection threshold of the conventional imaging systems when used intraoperatively. The probe allows spectral characterization of the fluorescence and navigation in the tissue as opposed to camera imaging which is limited to the view on the surface of the tissue.

  2. Simultaneous Mapping of Pan and Sentinel Lymph Nodes for Real-Time Image-Guided Surgery

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    Ashitate, Yoshitomo; Hyun, Hoon; Kim, Soon Hee; Lee, Jeong Heon; Henary, Maged; Frangioni, John V.; Choi, Hak Soo

    2014-01-01

    The resection of regional lymph nodes in the basin of a primary tumor is of paramount importance in surgical oncology. Although sentinel lymph node mapping is now the standard of care in breast cancer and melanoma, over 20% of patients require a completion lymphadenectomy. Yet, there is currently no technology available that can image all lymph nodes in the body in real time, or assess both the sentinel node and all nodes simultaneously. In this study, we report an optical fluorescence techno...

  3. DWI in diagnosis of regional lymph node metastasis of colorectal cancer

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    Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for diagnosing regional lymph nodes metastasis in patients with colorectal cancer. Methods: 75 patients with colorectal cancer underwent preoperative routine MRI and DWI examination, and tumor dissection. Metastatic and non-metastatic lymph nodes were confirmed by pathology after operation. ADC values of lymph nodes and primary tumor were measured and statistically analyzed. Diagnostic efficacies of ADC values and rADC (lymph node/tumor) values in differentiating metastatic lymph nodes from non-metastatic lymph nodes were assessed by comparing area under curve (AUC) of receiver operating characteristic-curve. Results: Metastatic lymph nodes and non-metastatic lymph nodes were identified. The ADC value of metastatic lymph nodes and non-metastatic lymph nodes were (0.79±0.12) x10-3 mm2/s vs. (0.98±0.23) x 10-3 mm2/s, and showed significant difference (P<0.01). The rADC values of metastatic lymph nodes are significantly lower than that of non-metastatic lymph nodes (P<0.01). AUC of ADC and rADC were 0.776 vs. 0.883. The threshold, sensitivity, and specificity for differentiating metastatic lymph nodes from non-metastatic lymph nodes were 1.11x10-3 mm2/s vs. 1.03x10-3 mm2/s, 61.9% vs. 78.6%, and 88% vs.90% respectively. Conclusion: DWI has distinct advantages in detecting metastatic lymph nodes of colorectal cancer. rADC value is more accurate than ADC value. (authors)

  4. Fluorescence tomographic imaging of sentinel lymph node using near-infrared emitting bioreducible dextran nanogels

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    Full Text Available Jiejing Li,1* Beiqi Jiang,1* Chao Lin,2 Zhigang Zhuang1 1Department of Breast Surgery, Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital, 2The Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Nanoscience, Tongji University School of Medicine, Tongji University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Sentinel lymph node (SLN mapping is a critical procedure for SLN biopsy and its diagnosis as tumor metastasis in clinical practice. However, SLN mapping agents used in the clinic frequently cause side effects and complications in the patients. Here, we report the development of a near-infrared (NIR emitting polymeric nanogel with hydrodynamic diameter of ~28 nm – which is the optimal size for SLN uptake – for noninvasive fluorescence mapping of SLN in a mouse. This polymeric nanogel was obtained by coupling Cy7, an NIR dye, to the self-assembled nanogel from disulfide-linked dextran-deoxycholic acid conjugate with the dextran of 10 kDa, denoted as Dex–Cy7. Fluorescence imaging analysis showed that Dex–Cy7 nanogels had an enhanced photostability when compared to Cy7 alone. After intradermal injection of Dex–Cy7 nanogel into the front paw of a mouse, the nanogels were able to migrate into the mouse’s axillary lymph node, exhibiting longer retention time and higher fluorescence intensity in the node when compared to Cy7 alone. An immunohistofluorescence assay revealed that the nanogels were localized in the central region of lymph node and that the uptake was largely by the macrophages. In vitro and in vivo toxicity results indicated that the dextran-based nanogels were of low cytotoxicity at a polymer concentration up to 1,000 µg/mL and harmless to normal liver and kidney organs in mice at an intravenous dose of 1.25 mg/kg. The results of this study suggest that NIR-emitting polymeric nanogels based on bioreducible dextran-deoxycholic acid conjugates show high potential as fluorescence

  5. Management of the lymph nodes in penile cancer.

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    Heyns, Chris F; Fleshner, Neil; Sangar, Vijay; Schlenker, Boris; Yuvaraja, Thyavihally B; van Poppel, Hendrik

    2010-08-01

    A comprehensive literature study was conducted to evaluate the levels of evidence (LEs) in publications on the diagnosis and staging of penile cancer. Recommendations from the available evidence were formulated and discussed by the full panel of the International Consultation on Penile Cancer in November 2008. The final grades of recommendation (GRs) were assigned according to the LE of the relevant publications. The following consensus recommendations were accepted. Fine needle aspiration cytology should be performed in all patients (with ultrasound guidance in those with nonpalpable nodes). If the findings are positive, therapeutic, rather than diagnostic, inguinal lymph node dissection (ILND) can be performed (GR B). Antibiotic treatment for 3-6 weeks before ILND in patients with palpable inguinal nodes is not recommended (GR B). Abdominopelvic computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are not useful in patients with nonpalpable nodes. However, they can be used in those with large, palpable inguinal nodes (GR B). The statistical probability of inguinal micrometastases can be estimated using risk group stratification or a risk calculation nomogram (GR B). Surveillance is recommended if the nomogram probability of positive nodes is .5 [50%] or primary tumor grade 2-3 or T2-T4 or cN1-N2, or with lymphovascular invasion), bilateral ILND should be performed (GR B). ILND can be performed at the same time as penectomy, instead of 2-6 weeks later (GR C). SNB based on the anatomic position can be performed, provided the patient is willing to accept the potential false-negative rate of /=2 nodes on one side, contralateral limited ILND with frozen section analysis can be performed, with complete ILND if the frozen section analysis findings are positive (GR B). If clinically suspicious inguinal metastases develop during surveillance, complete ILND should be performed on that side only (GR B), and SNB or limited ILND with frozen section analysis on the

  6. Liver hilar tuberculous lymphadenitis successfully diagnosed by laparoscopic lymph node biopsy

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    Masaki Wakasugi; Masahiro Tanemura; Tsubasa Mikami; Kenta Furukawa; Masahiko Tsujimoto; Hiroki Akamatsu

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    Introduction: Liver hilar tuberculous lymphadenitis is extremely rare. A case of liver hilar tuberculous lymphadenitis mimicking lymph node metastasis of anal canal cancer that was successfully diagnosed by laparoscopic lymph node biopsy is reported. Presentation of case: A 49-year-old man with a past medical history of pulmonary tuberculosis suffering from anal canal cancer with left inguinal lymph node metastasis underwent laparoscopic anterior perineal resection and left inguinal lymph ...

  7. Non-sentinel lymph node metastasis prediction in breast cancer with metastatic sentinel lymph node: impact of molecular subtypes classification.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: To decipher the interaction between the molecular subtype classification and the probability of a non-sentinel node metastasis in breast cancer patients with a metastatic sentinel lymph-node, we applied two validated predictors (Tenon Score and MSKCC Nomogram on two large independent datasets. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our datasets consisted of 656 and 574 early-stage breast cancer patients with a metastatic sentinel lymph-node biopsy treated at first by surgery. We applied both predictors on the whole dataset and on each molecular immune-phenotype subgroups. The performances of the two predictors were analyzed in terms of discrimination and calibration. Probability of non-sentinel lymph node metastasis was detailed for each molecular subtype. RESULTS: Similar results were obtained with both predictors. We showed that the performance in terms of discrimination was as expected in ER Positive HER2 negative subgroup in both datasets (MSKCC AUC Dataset 1 = 0.73 [0.69-0.78], MSKCC AUC Dataset 2 = 0.71 (0.65-0.76, Tenon Score AUC Dataset 1 = 0.7 (0.65-0.75, Tenon Score AUC Dataset 2 = 0.72 (0.66-0.76. Probability of non-sentinel node metastatic involvement was slightly under-estimated. Contradictory results were obtained in other subgroups (ER negative HER2 negative, HER2 positive subgroups in both datasets probably due to a small sample size issue. We showed that merging the two datasets shifted the performance close to the ER positive HER2 negative subgroup. DISCUSSION: We showed that validated predictors like the Tenon Score or the MSKCC nomogram built on heterogeneous population of breast cancer performed equally on the different subgroups analyzed. Our present study re-enforce the idea that performing subgroup analysis of such predictors within less than 200 samples subgroup is at major risk of misleading conclusions.

  8. Sentinel lymph node mapping in breast cancer: a critical reappraisal of the internal mammary chain issue

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    Although, like the axilla, the internal mammary nodes (IMNs) are a first-echelon nodal drainage site in breast cancer, the importance of their treatment has long been debated. Seminal randomized trials have failed to demonstrate a survival benefit from surgical IMN dissection, and several retrospective studies have shown that IMNs are rarely the first site of recurrence. However, the recent widespread adoption of sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy has stimulated a critical reappraisal of such early results. Furthermore, the higher proportion of screening-detected cancers, improved imaging and techniques (i.e., lymphoscintigraphy for radioguided SLN biopsy) make it possible to visualize lymphatic drainage to the IMNs. The virtually systematic application of adjuvant systemic and/or loco-regional radiotherapy encourages re-examination of the significance of IMN metastases. Moreover, randomized trials testing the value of post mastectomy irradiation and a meta-analysis of 78 randomized trials have provided high levels of evidence that local-regional tumor control is associated with long-term survival improvements. This benefit was limited to trials that used systemic chemotherapy, which was not routinely administered in the earlier studies. However, the contribution from IMN treatment is unclear. Lymphoscintigraphic studies have shown that a significant proportion of breast cancers have primary drainage to the IMNs, including approximately 30% of medial tumors and 15% of lateral tumors. In the few studies where IMN biopsy was performed, 20% of sentinel IMNs were metastatic. The risk of IMN involvement is higher in patients with medial tumors and positive axillary nodes. IMN metastasis has prognostic significance, as recognized by its inclusion in the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging criteria, and seems to have similar prognostic importance as axillary nodal involvement. Although routine IMN evaluation might be indicated, it has not been routinely performed

  9. Sentinel lymph node mapping in breast cancer: a critical reappraisal of the internal mammary chain issue.

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    Manca, G; Volterrani, D; Mazzarri, S; Duce, V; Svirydenka, A; Giuliano, A; Mariani, G

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    Although, like the axilla, the internal mammary nodes (IMNs) are a first-echelon nodal drainage site in breast cancer, the importance of their treatment has long been debated. Seminal randomized trials have failed to demonstrate a survival benefit from surgical IMN dissection, and several retrospective studies have shown that IMNs are rarely the first site of recurrence. However, the recent widespread adoption of sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy has stimulated a critical reappraisal of such early results. Furthermore, the higher proportion of screening-detected cancers, improved imaging and techniques (i.e., lymphoscintigraphy for radioguided SLN biopsy) make it possible to visualize lymphatic drainage to the IMNs. The virtually systematic application of adjuvant systemic and/or loco-regional radiotherapy encourages re-examination of the significance of IMN metastases. Moreover, randomized trials testing the value of postmastectomy irradiation and a meta-analysis of 78 randomized trials have provided high levels of evidence that local-regional tumor control is associated with long-term survival improvements. This benefit was limited to trials that used systemic chemotherapy, which was not routinely administered in the earlier studies. However, the contribution from IMN treatment is unclear. Lymphoscintigraphic studies have shown that a significant proportion of breast cancers have primary drainage to the IMNs, including approximately 30% of medial tumors and 15% of lateral tumors. In the few studies where IMN biopsy was performed, 20% of sentinel IMNs were metastatic. The risk of IMN involvement is higher in patients with medial tumors and positive axillary nodes. IMN metastasis has prognostic significance, as recognized by its inclusion in the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging criteria, and seems to have similar prognostic importance as axillary nodal involvement. Although routine IMN evaluation might be indicated, it has not been routinely performed

  10. Head and neck lymph node region delineation with image registration

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    Shapiro Linda G

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The success of radiation therapy depends critically on accurately delineating the target volume, which is the region of known or suspected disease in a patient. Methods that can compute a contour set defining a target volume on a set of patient images will contribute greatly to the success of radiation therapy and dramatically reduce the workload of radiation oncologists, who currently draw the target by hand on the images using simple computer drawing tools. The most challenging part of this process is to estimate where there is microscopic spread of disease. Methods Given a set of reference CT images with "gold standard" lymph node regions drawn by the experts, we are proposing an image registration based method that could automatically contour the cervical lymph code levels for patients receiving radiation therapy. We are also proposing a method that could help us identify the reference models which could potentially produce the best results. Results The computer generated lymph node regions are evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively. Conclusions Although not conforming to clinical criteria, the results suggest the technique has promise.

  11. Ontogeny of the antigen-reactive lymph follicle-forming capacity of the popliteal lymph node in neonatal mice

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    Hiramoto, M; Aizawa, S; Horie, K; Nagata, H; Hoshi, H

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    The ontogenetic development of the reactive lymph follicle-forming capacity of the popliteal lymph node was investigated immunohistochemically in young mice which had received a single injection of hemocyanin (KLH) in a rear footpad at a predetermined age (between 1 and 21 days). The mice were sacrificed at various intervals after injection. In non-stimulated young mice, primary lymph follicles first appeared in the popliteal node at 11 days of age. When KLH wa...

  12. Evaluation of lymph node metastases of breast cancer using ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging

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    Background: We assessed the utility of enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) in the evaluation of axillary lymph node metastases in patients with breast cancer. Study design: MR examination of the axilla was performed before and 24-36 h after USPIO administration for patients with stage II or III breast cancer. Diagnostic performance was compared using size criteria (metastasis was defined when short axis diameter >5 or >10 mm) or morphologic criteria on conventional MRI, the combined study of USPIO precontrast and postcontrast images, and USPIO postcontrast study alone. Results: A total of 622 nodes (503 metastatic and 119 nonmetastatic nodes) were dissected from 33 patients. The results of conventional MRI for nodes >5 mm were 59.1% sensitivity, 86.7% specificity, and 80.4% overall accuracy. Results for nodes >10 mm were 15.7% sensitivity, 99.2% specificity, and 80.2% overall accuracy. Results based on morphology were 36.5% sensitivity, 94.1% specificity, and 81.0% overall accuracy. The results of the combined study of USPIO precontrast and postcontrast images were 86.4% sensitivity, 97.5% specificity, 91.1% positive predictive value, 96.1% negative predictive value, and 95.0% overall accuracy. The results of USPIO postcontrast images alone were 84.7% sensitivity, 96.8% specificity, and 94.0% overall accuracy. Patient-based results of postcontrast USPIO study alone were 100.0% sensitivity, 80.0% specificity, and 93.9% overall accuracy. Conclusions: USPIO postcontrast study alone was useful in the assessment of axillary lymph node metastases in patients with breast cancer

  13. Recent Advance in Lymph Dynamic Analysis in Lymphatics and Lymph Nodes

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    Ikomi, Fumitaka; Kawai, Yoshiko; Ohhashi, Toshio

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    Lymphatics are a unidirectional transport system that carries fluid from the interstitial space and back into the blood stream. Initial lymphatics take up not only fluid but also high-molecular-weight substances, such as plasma proteins and hyaluronan; immune cells, such as lymphocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells; and colloidal particles, such as carbon particles, bacteria, and tattoo dye. Interstitially injected colloidal particles are known to accumulate in the regional lymph nodes. T...

  14. Studies of plutonium in human tracheobronchial lymph nodes

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    Since 1959, tissues from 70 occupationally exposed former employees of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory have been examined following autopsy. Exposure in most cases was to inhaled plutonium oxide aerosols. Chemical analyses of selected tissues were performed to determine the amount of plutonium retained in the body at the time of death. On the basis of the measured tissue concentrations of plutonium, extrapolations of total-body burdens were made. Thirty-three of the measured cases had plutonium depositions in the tracheobronchial lymph nodes ranging from 0.1 to 4000 dpm per gram of tissue (0.05 to 1800 pCi/g). The duration of exposures ranged from 4 to 30 years. Microscopic examination of representative sections of these lymph nodes revealed no abnormalities other than those which were directly attributable to the basic disease that caused the demise of the various persons in this study. The size distribution of plutonium particles in nodes from one individual was determined by exposing tissue sections to nuclear track film. The estimated mass median diameter of the particles was 0.3 μm, and the distribution had a geometric standard deviation of 1.6. It is estimated that 95 percent of the individual particles had corresponding plutonium concentrations between 0.001 and 0.22 pCi

  15. Metastatic lymph node ratio, 6th or 7th AJCC edition: witch is the best lymph node classification for esophageal cancer? Prognosis factor analysis in 487 patients

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    CORAL, Roberto V.; BIGOLIN, André V.; CORAL, Roberto P.; Hartmann, Antonio; DRANKA, Carolina; ROEHE, Adriana V.

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    Background The esophageal cancer is one of the most common and aggressive worldwide. Recently, the AJCC changed the staging system, considering, among others, the important role of the lymph node metastasis on the prognosis. Aim To discuss the applicability of different forms of lymph node staging in a western surgical center. Methods Four hundred eighty seven patients with esophageal cancer were enrolled. Three staging systems were evaluated, the 6th and the 7th AJCC editions and the Lymph N...

  16. Prone decubitus dual incidence dynamic lymphoscintigraphy for sentinel lymph node localization in breast cancer

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    The sentinel lymph mode (SLN) technique in breast cancer is aimed to avoid useless axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). We present here our experience in a series of 42 patients. After some protocol evolutions imposed by the first results, 37 patients were similarly studied: 4 to 6 peritumoral injections (0,75 ml sulfur colloid labeled with 99mTc) were immediately followed by local gentle massage for 5 min, and then by dynamic imaging (anterior and lateral simultaneously) in prone decubitus with pending breast. Then the SLN was skin-land-marked in surgical position (dorsal decubitus) in two incidences (typically anterior and lateral); SLN localisation on ventral decubitus images directed additional actions as necessary: pulling the breast, oblique incidence. Upon surgery, after primary lesion malignancy confirmation, the SLN was electively dissected and then the usual ALND was performed. If we exclude from analysis the 4 cases of previous lumpectomy (among which we had one total lack of tracer migration and one prediction error), the final diagnostic results were perfect: lympho-scintigraphic and per-operative SLN detection were 100%, predictive error was 0%. This result seems to be mainly due to prone decubitus imaging which moves away peritumoral activity from axilla and thus makes easier final land-marking in dorsal decubitus. (author)

  17. Sentinel lymph node biopsy for conjunctival malignant melanoma: surgical techniques

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    Full Text Available Alberto JA Wainstein,1,2 Ana P Drummond-Lage,1 Milhem JM Kansaon,2 Gustavo O Bretas,2 Rodrigo F Almeida,3 Ana LF Gloria,3 Ana RP Figueiredo3 1Faculty of Medical Sciences of Minas Gerais, 2Oncad Surgical Oncology, 3Ophthalmology Department, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Background: The purpose of this report is to examine the viability and safety of preoperative lymphoscintigraphy and radio guided sentinel lymph node (SLN biopsy for conjunctival melanoma, and to identify the best technique to perform this procedure.Methods: Three patients diagnosed with malignant melanoma of the conjunctiva underwent lymphoscintigraphy and SLN biopsy using a dual technique comprising isosulfan blue dye and technetium Tc 99m sulfur colloid. Each patient was anesthetized and the conjunctival melanoma was excised. SLNs were localized by a gamma probe, identified according to radioactivity and sentinel blue printing, and dissected, along with drainage of the associated lymphatic basins. The SLNs were evaluated by a pathologist using hematoxylin-eosin staining following serial sectioning and immunohistochemistry using a triple melanoma cocktail (S-100, Melan-A, and HMB-45 antigens.Results: Two SLNs were stained in the jugular chain during preoperative lymphoscintigraphy in the first patient, two SLNs were identified in the preauricular and submandibular areas in the second patient, and two SLNs were identified in the submandibular and parotid areas in the third patient. All lymph nodes identified by lymphoscintigraphy were dissected and identified at surgery with 100% accuracy in all three patients. All SLNs were histologically and immunohistochemically negative. Patients had good cosmetic and functional results, and maintained their visual acuity and ocular motility.Conclusion: Patients with conjunctival melanoma can undergo preoperative lymphoscintigraphy and SLN biopsy safely using radioactive technetium and isosulfan blue dye. Keywords

  18. Factors associated with regional nodal failure in patients with early stage breast cancer with 0-3 positive axillary nodes following tangential irradiation alone

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    , dead without recurrence, no evidence of disease) within 8 years found age <50 years, moderate or marked necrosis, size greater than 1 cm, and presence of an extensive intraductal component (EIC) to be significantly correlated with site of first failure, but only the last two were associated with a significantly larger relative risk of RNF versus being no evidence of disease at 8 years. The incidence of RNF was 0.7% for patients with tumors ≤ 1 cm compared to 5.7% among patients with larger tumors. Among patients with EIC-positive tumors the incidence of RNF was 7.6% compared to 3.1% among those whose tumors were EIC-negative. Conclusions: Although the incidence of RNF has been shown to be somewhat higher in patients with tumors measuring greater than 1 cm and those with an EIC, RNF is uncommon among all subsets of patients with negative or 1-3 positive lymph nodes treated with conservative surgery, axillary dissection, and only tangential RT fields. Therefore, giving only tangential RT (without a separate nodal field) appears generally acceptable for patients with 0-3 positive nodes

  19. Lymph nodes cytology in HIV seropositive cases with haematological alterations

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    Neelima Tirumalasetti

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background & objectives: Lymphadenopathy and haematological alterations are the earliest manifestations with other associated opportunistic infections and malignancies. Hence, there is a need for simple investigations like fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC for evaluation of HIV lymphadenopathy and a haemogram to interpret the haematological alterations. This study was undertaken to analyze the cytological patterns of lymph node lesions in HIV/AIDS patients, to compare with available clinico-pathological and haematological parameters to segregate lymphadenopathy cases for further evaluation. Methods: In the present study, 129 HIV seropositive patients were included. Lymph node aspirates were stained routinely with hematoxylin and eosin and Ziehl-Neelsen (Z-N stains. Special stains and cultures were done in selected patients. Peripheral smears were taken from all the patients and CD4 counts were recorded. Tuberculous lymphadenitis was further categorized. Acid fast bacilli (AFB grading was done on Z-N positive smears. Each lesion was compared with CD4 counts, WHO clinical staging and haematological picture. Results: Cytological diagnosis in 129 patients included tuberculous (n=54, 41.9%, reactive lymphadenopathy (n=46, 35.6%, suppurative (n=16, 12.4% lymphadenitis, non-Hodgkin′s lymphoma (n=4, 3.1%, and Hodgkin′s lymphoma, secondary deposits, other granulomatous lesions, and cryptoccocal lymphadenitis in one patient each. The predominant cytomorphological pattern in tuberculous lymphadenitis was caseous necrosis + epithelioid granuloma formation (51.85%. Grade 2+ Z-N grading was noted in 62.96 per cent of AFB positive smears. CD4 counts showed a descending pattern with progression of WHO clinical staging. Cytopenia was more common in WHO clinical stage IV disease. Interpretation & conclusions: Lymph node cytology was found to be a useful tool for segregating lymphadenopathy cases for further evaluation and for identification of

  20. Assessment the diagnostic accuracy of sentinel lymph nodes lymphoscintigraphy using Technetium-99m phytate in breast cancer

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    M Eftekhari

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: Technetium-99m phytate (99mTc-ph is a readily available radiopharmaceutical and has been suggested as a suitable agent for sentinel lymph node (SLN detection. In this study, the diagnostic accuracy and false-negative rate of radionuclide SLN mapping using 99mTc-ph were investigated. "nMethods: Forty three women (mean age 52.3 years, range 31-74 years, who all had been diagnosed with breast cancer were enrolled in the study. All patients had no palpable axillary lymph nodes and had not undergone exploratory tumor resection or any drug treatment, previously. 99mTc-ph was injected peri-tumorally at four sites. Following SLN scintigraphic imaging, the patients were operated. Intraoperatively SLN were detected by a scintillation probe and a blue dye technique. Modified radical mastectomies with radical axillary dissection were performed with excision of the lymph nodes, to evaluate the accuracy of the SLN technique. "nResults: Intraoperative scinti-mapping identified SLN in 40 of the 43 patients (detection rate: 93%. Scintigraphically, none of the patients had internal mammary drainage or contralateral axillary involvement. The blue dye detection rate in 23 patients under study was 87% and all lymph nodes detected by the blue dye technique were also detected as "hot" spots in the lymphoscintigraphy. Using pathology as the gold standard, the sensitivity and negative predictive value of scintigraphic lymphatic mapping in detection of SLN by 99mTc-ph were 90% and 90.9%, respectively. The same values for blue dye lymphatic mapping were 84.6% and 77.7%, respectively. "nConclusion: 99mTc-ph used for SLN mapping is readily available, has low cost and gives better results than the blue dye technique. Long-term follow-up is required to assess accurately the incidence of failure in patients with negative SLN and the overall diagnostic accuracy and efficacy of the SLN mapping using 99mTc-ph as the radioactive tracer.

  1. CT and MRI manifestations of metastatic lymph nodes of salivary carcinoma

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    Objective: To study the CT and MRI manifestations of metastatic lymph nodes of salivary carcinoma. Methods: The CT and MRI images of 31 patients with pathologically confirmed large salivary carcinoma were retrospectively analyzed, in which 25 underwent CT scanning (21 with enhanced CT scanning) and 6 underwent MR scanning (5 with enhanced MRI scanning). The short diameters of the largest metastatic lymph nodes in the specific area were measured on PACS. Of the 111 metastatic lymph nodes, 14 were located in area Ⅰ, 28 in area Ⅱ, 26 in area Ⅲ, 20 in area Ⅳ, 9 in areaⅤ, and 14 were within the parotid. Results: Of these 31 cases, all metastatic lymph nodes were located unilaterally to the same side as the primary tumor. Of the 111 metastatic lymph nodes, there were 6, 52, 53 lymph nodes with short diameter (SD) < 5 mm, 8 mm > SD ≥5 mm, and SD ≥ 8 mm respectively. On the CT images, there were 75 lymph nodes with internal patchy low-density areas and 12 lymph nodes with homogenous density. On MR images, all of the 24 lymph nodes showed mixed iso-hypointensity on T1WI, mixed iso-hyperintensity on T2WI. The 21 cases with enhanced CT scans revealed 70 lymph nodes, in which 52 showed mild enhancement, 16 showed moderate enhancement and 2 showed marked enhancement. Twenty-three of them exhibited ring-like enhancement. The 5 cases with enhanced MRI scans revealed 21 lymph nodes, in which 9 had mild enhancement, 9 had moderate enhancement, and 3 showed marked enhancement. Three of them showed ring-like enhancement. Conclusions: For salivary carcinoma, the most common sites of metastatic lymph nodes were area Ⅰ-Ⅴ and the parotid, especially area Ⅱ and Ⅲ. Irregular boundary, mild to moderate heterogeneous enhancement, ring-like enhancement, with internal low attenuation were imaging features of metastatic lymph nodes in salivary carcinoma. (authors)

  2. New models and online calculator for predicting non-sentinel lymph node status in sentinel lymph node positive breast cancer patients

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    Johnson Denise L

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Current practice is to perform a completion axillary lymph node dissection (ALND for breast cancer patients with tumor-involved sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs, although fewer than half will have non-sentinel node (NSLN metastasis. Our goal was to develop new models to quantify the risk of NSLN metastasis in SLN-positive patients and to compare predictive capabilities to another widely used model. Methods We constructed three models to predict NSLN status: recursive partitioning with receiver operating characteristic curves (RP-ROC, boosted Classification and Regression Trees (CART, and multivariate logistic regression (MLR informed by CART. Data were compiled from a multicenter Northern California and Oregon database of 784 patients who prospectively underwent SLN biopsy and completion ALND. We compared the predictive abilities of our best model and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Breast Cancer Nomogram (Nomogram in our dataset and an independent dataset from Northwestern University. Results 285 patients had positive SLNs, of which 213 had known angiolymphatic invasion status and 171 had complete pathologic data including hormone receptor status. 264 (93% patients had limited SLN disease (micrometastasis, 70%, or isolated tumor cells, 23%. 101 (35% of all SLN-positive patients had tumor-involved NSLNs. Three variables (tumor size, angiolymphatic invasion, and SLN metastasis size predicted risk in all our models. RP-ROC and boosted CART stratified patients into four risk levels. MLR informed by CART was most accurate. Using two composite predictors calculated from three variables, MLR informed by CART was more accurate than the Nomogram computed using eight predictors. In our dataset, area under ROC curve (AUC was 0.83/0.85 for MLR (n = 213/n = 171 and 0.77 for Nomogram (n = 171. When applied to an independent dataset (n = 77, AUC was 0.74 for our model and 0.62 for Nomogram. The composite predictors in our model were the product of

  3. New models and online calculator for predicting non-sentinel lymph node status in sentinel lymph node positive breast cancer patients

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    Current practice is to perform a completion axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) for breast cancer patients with tumor-involved sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs), although fewer than half will have non-sentinel node (NSLN) metastasis. Our goal was to develop new models to quantify the risk of NSLN metastasis in SLN-positive patients and to compare predictive capabilities to another widely used model. We constructed three models to predict NSLN status: recursive partitioning with receiver operating characteristic curves (RP-ROC), boosted Classification and Regression Trees (CART), and multivariate logistic regression (MLR) informed by CART. Data were compiled from a multicenter Northern California and Oregon database of 784 patients who prospectively underwent SLN biopsy and completion ALND. We compared the predictive abilities of our best model and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Breast Cancer Nomogram (Nomogram) in our dataset and an independent dataset from Northwestern University. 285 patients had positive SLNs, of which 213 had known angiolymphatic invasion status and 171 had complete pathologic data including hormone receptor status. 264 (93%) patients had limited SLN disease (micrometastasis, 70%, or isolated tumor cells, 23%). 101 (35%) of all SLN-positive patients had tumor-involved NSLNs. Three variables (tumor size, angiolymphatic invasion, and SLN metastasis size) predicted risk in all our models. RP-ROC and boosted CART stratified patients into four risk levels. MLR informed by CART was most accurate. Using two composite predictors calculated from three variables, MLR informed by CART was more accurate than the Nomogram computed using eight predictors. In our dataset, area under ROC curve (AUC) was 0.83/0.85 for MLR (n = 213/n = 171) and 0.77 for Nomogram (n = 171). When applied to an independent dataset (n = 77), AUC was 0.74 for our model and 0.62 for Nomogram. The composite predictors in our model were the product of angiolymphatic invasion and size of SLN

  4. Insight into the differences in classification of mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes between Wang’s lymph node map and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer lymph node map

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    Li, Ya-qing; Wang, Ko-Pen; Ben, Su-Qin

    2015-01-01

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of malignant-tumor-related morbidity and mortality worldwide. Transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) has for the past 30 years been an effective technique for the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer. Understanding the anatomy of mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes is essential to improve the yield of TBNA. Wang’s lymph node map is based on the lymph node map of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), and on the TBNA technique; it was published in 1994, and has pr...

  5. The Nodal Location of Metastases in Melanoma Sentinel Lymph Nodes

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    Riber-Hansen, Rikke; Nyengaard, Jens; Hamilton-Dutoit, Stephen;

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The design of melanoma sentinel lymph node (SLN) histologic protocols is based on the premise that most metastases are found in the central parts of the nodes, but the evidence for this belief has never been thoroughly tested. METHODS: The nodal location of melanoma metastases in 149...... SLNs. In addition, the size of the metastases located exclusively outside the 2 regional protocols (ie, 3 central sections, and 3 peripheral sections) were measured and compared with each other. RESULTS: The metastasis detection rates of the central, the peripheral, and the evenly distributed protocols...... were 77%, 79%, and 78%, respectively. No difference in either the mean volume or the maximum diameter of the metastases located exclusively outside the central and the peripheral protocols was found (volume: 0.036 vs. 0.031 mm and diameter: 0.320 vs. 0.332 mm). CONCLUSIONS: In SLNs, melanoma metastases...

  6. Factors related to lymph node metastasis and surgical strategy used to treat early gastric carcinoma

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    Dong Yi Kim; Jae Kyoon Joo; Seong Yeob Ryu; Young Jin Kim; Shin Kon Kim

    2004-01-01

    AIM: The prognosis of early gastric carcinoma (EGC) is generally excellent after surgery. The presence or absence of lymph node metastasis in EGC is an important prognostic factor. The survival and recurrence rates of node-negative EGC are much better than those of node-positive EGC. This study examined the factors related to lymph node metastasis in EGC to determine the appropriate treatment for EGC.METHODS: We investigated 748 patients with EGC who underwent surgery between January 1985 and December 1999 at the Division of Gastroenterologic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Chonnam National University Hospital. Several clinicopathologic factors were investigated to analyze their relationship to lymph node metastasis: age, sex, tumor location, tumor size, gross type, histologic type, depth of invasion, extent of lymph node dissection, type of operation,and DNA ploidy.RESULTS: Lymph node metastases were found in 75 patients (10.0%). Univariate analysis showed that male sex, tumor size larger than 2.0 cm, submucosal invasion of tumor, histologic differentiation, and DNA ploidy pattern were risk factors for regional lymph node metastasis in EGC patients. However, a multivariate analysis showed that three risk factors were associated with lymph node metastasis:large tumor size, undifferentiated histologic type and submucosal invasion. No statistical relationship was found for age, sex, tumor location, gross type, or DNA ploidy in multivariate analysis. The 5-year survival rate was 94.2% for those without lymph node metastasis and 87.3% for those with lymph node metastasis, and the difference was significant (P<0.05).CONCLUSION: In patients with EGC, the survival rate of patients with positive lymph nodes is significantly worse than that of patients with no lymph node metastasis. Therefore,a standard D2 lymphadenectomy should be performed in patients at high risk of lymph node metastasis: large tumor size, undifferentiated histologic type and submucosal invasion.

  7. Sentinel lymph node detection with large human serum albumin colloid particles in breast cancer

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    Detection of metastatic involvement of lymph nodes is essential for management and prognostic evaluation in breast cancer patients. The success of lymphatic mapping depends on identifying the sentinel lymph node(s) draining the primary tumour. However, when mapping is performed with a radiocolloidal agent, the number of hot lymph nodes varies with the agent and its size, among other factors. In this study, we evaluated prospectively the detection rate of sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer when injecting large particles (100-600 nm) of human serum albumin colloids (Senti-Scint). In 128 consecutive breast cancer patients without palpable lymph nodes, pre-operative static lymphoscintigraphic mapping of the breast was performed after subcutaneous injection of 15 MBq of the radiocolloid. Lymphoscintigrahic results were compared with intra-operative surgical gamma detection probe and blue dye mapping data. Pre-operative lymphoscintigraphy and surgical gamma detection probe both correctly detected 203 sentinel lymph nodes in 122/128 patients (95%), while blue dye mapping showed only 183 sentinel lymph nodes in 82% of the patients. Only one or two sentinel lymph nodes were identified in each patient, which allowed the surgeon easily to find the sentinel lymph node(s) intra-operatively. In conclusion, lymphoscintigraphy with large particles of human serum albumin colloids is a helpful and reliable procedure for the surgical management of breast cancer. (orig.)

  8. Quantitative analysis of the central-chest lymph nodes based on 3D MDCT image data

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    Lu, Kongkuo; Bascom, Rebecca; Mahraj, Rickhesvar P. M.; Higgins, William E.

    2009-02-01

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. In lung-cancer staging, central-chest lymph nodes and associated nodal stations, as observed in three-dimensional (3D) multidetector CT (MDCT) scans, play a vital role. However, little work has been done in relation to lymph nodes, based on MDCT data, due to the complicated phenomena that give rise to them. Using our custom computer-based system for 3D MDCT-based pulmonary lymph-node analysis, we conduct a detailed study of lymph nodes as depicted in 3D MDCT scans. In this work, the Mountain lymph-node stations are automatically defined by the system. These defined stations, in conjunction with our system's image processing and visualization tools, facilitate lymph-node detection, classification, and segmentation. An expert pulmonologist, chest radiologist, and trained technician verified the accuracy of the automatically defined stations and indicated observable lymph nodes. Next, using semi-automatic tools in our system, we defined all indicated nodes. Finally, we performed a global quantitative analysis of the characteristics of the observed nodes and stations. This study drew upon a database of 32 human MDCT chest scans. 320 Mountain-based stations (10 per scan) and 852 pulmonary lymph nodes were defined overall from this database. Based on the numerical results, over 90% of the automatically defined stations were deemed accurate. This paper also presents a detailed summary of central-chest lymph-node characteristics for the first time.

  9. Tolerance and efficiency of radiation therapy treatment of the pelvic lymph nodes in patients with prostate cancer

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    Tolerance and efficiency of radiation therapy treatment of the pelvic lymph nodes were assessed in 122 patients with prostate cancer. With no severe observed late toxicity the incidence for lymph node metastases was between 3,0% (primarily irradiated patients without lymph node or distant metastases) and 100% (primarily irradiated patients with lymph node and distant metastases) after 3 years. As it seems, the following subgroups might possibly profit the most from a dose escalation in the pelvic lymph nodes: primarily irradiated patients with positive lymph nodes and postoperatively irradiated patients in adjuvant/additive situation, with a biochemical or a local/lymph node recurrence.

  10. Sentinel lymph node detection in oropharynx and oral cavity

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    The sentinel lymph node (SLN) is the first lymph node draining the tumour. Aim of the study: To determine the negative predictive value of the SLN in the NO or NI squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) of the oral cavity or the oropharynx. Materials and method: SLN localization firstly requires a lymphoscintigraphy which is realised after four injections of radiolabelled colloids around the tumour. This scintigraphy allows a cutaneous marking of the SLN. Per operative detection of the SLN is performed with a detection probe. Results: One or more SLN have been localized in 20 of the 21 patients. No SLN was found in one patient whose tumour was a recurrence. (T2 NO MO) of a SCC of the oropharynx irradiated 3 years before. The failure rate of the method is 4,8% (1 false negative in 21 patients) and the false negative rate is 12,5% (1 false negative in 8 positive patients). This false negative patient had a T3 NO MO SCC of the oropharynx with a SLN found in level III, deep lateral cervical group. The neck dissection revealed one positive node in level lb, submandibular group, and 27 other nodes, all negative. The probability for the whole neck dissection to be negative when the SLN is negative (negative predictive value), is 92,3% (12/13) in our study. Conclusion: Our patient population is too small to obtain statistically significant conclusions. A maximum of 2 % of false negative patients is necessary to apply this method and avoid complete neck dissection in NO and NI tumours of the the oral cavity and the oropharynx with a negative SLN. (author)

  11. Morphological analysis of lymph nodes in Odontocetes from north and northeast coast of Brazil.

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    De Oliveira e Silva, Fernanda Menezes; Guimarães, Juliana Plácido; Vergara-Parente, Jociery Einhardt; Carvalho, Vitor Luz; De Meirelles, Ana Carolina Oliveira; Marmontel, Miriam; Ferrão, Juliana Shimara Pires; Miglino, Maria Angelica

    2014-05-01

    The morphology and location of lymph nodes from seven species of Odontocetes, of both sexes and different age groups, were described. All animals were derived from stranding events along the North and Northeastern coasts of Brazil. After the identification of lymph nodes in situ, tissue samples were analyzed for light and electron microscopy. Vascular volume density (VVD) and vascular length density (VLD) were evaluated in the mesenteric lymph nodes. Lymph nodes occurred as solitary nodules or in groups, varying in shape and size. In addition to using the nomenclature recommended by Nomina Anatomica Veterinaria, new nomenclatures were suggested based on the lymph nodes topography. Lymph nodes were covered by a highly vascularized and innervated capsule of dense connective tissue, below which muscle fibers were observed, inconsistently, in all studied species. There was no difference in VLD among different age groups. However, VVD was higher in adults. Lymph nodes parenchyma was divided into an outer cortex, containing lymph nodules and germinal centers; a paracortical region, transition zone with dense lymphoid tissue; and an inner medulla, composed of small irregular cords of lymphatic tissue, blood vessels, and diffuse lymphoid tissue. Abundant collagen fibers were observed around arteries and arterioles. Germinal centers were more evident and developed in calves and young animals, being more discrete and sparse in adults. The morphology of lymph nodes in Odontocetes was typical of that observed in other terrestrial mammals. However, new groups of lymph nodes were described for seven species occurring in the Brazilian coast. PMID:24449600

  12. Clinical significance of lymph node micrometastasis in gastric cancer.

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    Arigami, Takaaki; Uenosono, Yoshikazu; Yanagita, Shigehiro; Nakajo, Akihiro; Ishigami, Sumiya; Okumura, Hiroshi; Kijima, Yuko; Ueno, Shinichi; Natsugoe, Shoji

    2013-02-01

    Recently, the existence of lymph node micrometastasis (LNM), including isolated tumor cells, has been focused on during the development of molecular diagnostic tools for lymph node metastasis in various malignant neoplasms. In particular, immunohistochemistry and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction have been reported to be available for the detection of LNM in gastric cancer. However, at present, the clinical significance of LNM remains unclear in patients with gastric cancer. Therefore, we cannot strategically make light of this issue in clinical management. Currently, minimally invasive treatments, such as endoscopic submucosal dissection and laparoscopic surgery with personalized lymphadenectomy, are widely performed in consideration of postsurgical quality of life (QOL). However, it is important to maintain the balance between QOL and curability when selecting surgical treatments for patients with gastric cancer. If minimally invasive surgery based on LNM status was established for patients with early gastric cancer, it could be performed safely. We reviewed the clinical significance of LNM as an important strategic target in patients with gastric cancer. PMID:22546997

  13. Impact of sentinel lymph node management in malignant melanoma

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    Malignant melanoma initially metastasises to regional lymph nodes and belongs to the ''leading candidates'' for sentinel lymph node (SLN) management. In newly diagnosed melanoma stage Ib to IIIa, today the SLN diagnostics is classified as the staging method of first choice. The technique of the SLN diagnostics is described thoroughly, including multimodal imaging if this is required for selective SLN biopsy. The evaluation of the diagnostic results, documentation and classification encompasses an important part. In approximately 2/3 of the melanoma patients there is no presence of metastases in SLN and non-SLN, one of five patients has metastases in SLN with negative non-SLN, every sixth to tenth patient has positive SLN and non SLN. Every thirtieth patient with tumour free SLN exhibits pathological findings in the non-SLN by using conventional examination methods only, every fifteenth if using molecular-genetic methods in addition. Among the prognostic parameters the SLN status has the most significant impact on disease-free and disease-specific survival. (orig.)

  14. Fine-needle aspiration cytology of superficial lymph nodes.

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    Cardillo, M R

    1989-01-01

    A series of 244 enlarged superficial lymph nodes was examined by fine-needle aspiration cytology. Twenty-nine smears (11.9%) were inadequate for study. Of the remaining 215, 108 were negative, 13 suspicious for malignancy, and 94 positive. Forty-five excisional biopsies were performed correlating the cytologic and histologic findings. There were two cytologic false-negative results; both were patients who had been treated for carcinoma and whose aspirates were cytologically negative. Of the 13 samples reported as suspicious for malignancy, there were three epidermoid carcinomas, nine reactive hyperplasias, and one non-Hodgkin's lymphocytic lymphoma. Of the positive cases, 83 were metastatic tumors, and 11 were malignant lymphomas (two non-Hodgkin's lymphomas and nine Hodgkin's lymphomas). The criteria used in the interpretation of these aspirates and the problems of differential cytological diagnosis are discussed. In spite of the drawbacks of inadequate and false-negative smears, fine-needle aspiration cytology is valuable in preliminary diagnosis of diseased lymph nodes and subsequent management. PMID:2776599

  15. Isolation of Escherichia coli from lymph nodes of bovine carcasses and detection of hlyA gene with PCR

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    P. Sechi; V. Cambiotti; S. Parmegiani; C. Baldinelli; M.F. Iulietto; B. Cenci Goga

    2012-01-01

    A potential source of pathogenic bacteria in ground beef is the lymphatic system, specifically the lymph nodes. The objective of the current study was to determine the prevalence of Escherichia coli in bovine lymph nodes. Bovine lymph nodes (n = 200) were collected from 100 carcasses at a commercial slaugh-terhouse. 192 lymph nodes sampled were obtained from 96 regular slaughter, and the remainder 8 were obtained from 4 emergency slaughter. Subiliaci lymph nodes were collected for this study....

  16. Prognosis of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma after esophagectomy using the log odds of positive lymph nodes

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    Wu, San-Gang; Sun, Jia-Yuan; Yang, Li-Chao; Zhou, Juan; Li, Feng-Yan; Li, Qun; Lin, Huan-xin; Lin, Qin; He, Zhen-Yu

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    To compare the log odds of positive lymph nodes (LODDS) with the number of positive lymph nodes (pN), lymph node ratio (LNR), removed lymph node (RLN) count, and negative lymph node (NLN) count in determining the prognosis of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) after esophagectomy. The records of patients with ESCC who received esophagectomy were retrospectively reviewed. The log-rank test was used to compare curves for overall survival (OS), and Cox regression analysis wa...

  17. Normal mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes in children on multi-detector row chest computed tomography

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    To study normal mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes on multi-detector chest computed tomography (CT). A cohort of 120 children aged 1-17 years underwent emergency CT, including the chest, after high-energy trauma. Axial 5-mm reconstructions were evaluated for lymph nodes at hilar and various mediastinal levels and the short-axis diameters were measured. At least one lymph node was found in 115 (96%) children, with subcarinal (69%), lower paratracheal (64%) and hilar (60%) nodes being most common. Up to 10 years of age most lymph nodes were smaller than or equal to 7 mm. In older children lymph nodes measuring up to 10-mm-short-axis diameter were found. Lymph nodes were rare along the mammary vessels, at lower oesophageal and at prevascular and posterior mediastinal levels in children. Mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes are more common than previously thought, probably because of increased detection by modern multi-detector CT. Lymph node location and age have to be taken into account when evaluating lymph nodes in the paediatric chest. (orig.)

  18. Computed tomographic evaluation of mediastinal lymph node metastases from bronchogenic carcinoma

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    CT images of mediastinal lymph node metastases in resected primary lung cancers were studied. Enlargement of metastatic lymph nodes differed in extent in each region. Diagnosing accuracy of the metastatic group based on diameters depended on region; the region of bronchial bifurcation being difficult to diagnose. The extent of enlargement due to metastatic was different for each histological type of lung cancer, and lymph nodes did not enlarge in many cases of adenocarcinoma. By contrast enhancement, enlarged lymph nodes with a large cold area were highly probable for metastasis. The distribution pattern of enlarged lymph nodes was important for the diagnosis of presence or absence of metastasis, the enlarged lymph nodes showing no laterality in cases of nonspecific enlargement. (Chiba, N.)

  19. Lymph node metastases in the gastrocolic ligament in patients with colon cancer

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    Bertelsen, Claus A; Bols, Birgitte; Ingeholm, Peter;

    2014-01-01

    in the proximity of the flexures or in the transverse colon. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this work was to present our findings of metastases in the gastrocolic ligament in a consecutive series of patients. DESIGN: This was a single-center retrospective study. SETTINGS: The study was conducted in a...... colorectal cancer center. PATIENTS: All of the colon adenocarcinoma resections with relevant tumor location from June 1, 2008, to December 31, 2012 were included in this study. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The presence of lymph node metastases in the gastrocolic ligament in colon adenocarcinomas located in the...... years (range, 30-90 years), and 57% were men. Gastrocolic lymph nodes were found in 86 specimens (88%) with a median number of 4 lymph nodes (range, 0-16 lymph nodes). Thirty-four patients (35%) had mesocolic lymph node metastases. Gastrocolic lymph node metastases were found in 4 (12%) of these 34...

  20. Computed tomography of neck lymph nodes involved with malignant lymphoma; Comparison with ultrasound

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    CT images of 24 patients with head and neck lymphoma were retrospectively reviewed, compared with ultrasonograms, and compared with CT images of 13 patients with lymph node metastases. In nine (38%) of 24 patients, some lymph nodes with lymphomatous involvement showed a spotty or linear pattern of contrast enhancement. In two of these nine patients, a dendritic pattern of contrast enhancement between multiple enlarged lymph nodes was observed. The same pattern appeared as spotty, linear, or dendritic hyperechoic areas on the ultrasonogram. None of 13 patients with lymph node metastases showed a spotty, linear, or dendritic pattern of contrast enhancement. Ten of 13 (77%) showed ring-like contrast enhancement on CE-CT images. The spotty or linear contrast enhancement in enlarged lymph nodes and the dendritic contrast enhancement in confluent lymph nodes could be useful CT findings in diagnosing nodal involvement with malignant lymphoma. (author).

  1. Lymph node enhancement at MRI with MnDPDP in primary hepatic carcinoma. Technical report

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    AIMS: To report two cases of lymph node enhancement in primary hepatic carcinoma following the administration of Mangafodipir trisodium (MnDPDP, Teslascan[reg ], Nycomed Amersham U.K.), an hepatocyte specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent. To review our experience with this contrast agent and the literature to establish if such enhancement occurs in normal lymph nodes or has been previously described in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or other lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The radiological reports of all MnDPDP enhanced abdominal MRI examinations were reviewed for lymph node enlargement. The MR images from examinations with reported nodal enlargement were re-evaluated for evidence of nodal enhancement and the hospital notes and histological reports were reviewed. Nodal enhancement was considered present if lymph node signal intensity was greater than that of the spleen following MnDPDP. Literature searches were performed on Medline and PubMed for previous descriptions of lymph node enhancement following MnDPDP. RESULTS: The reports of 90 MnDPDP abdominal MRI examinations were reviewed. Of 18 cases of lymph node enlargement, two had evidence of lymph node enhancement following MnDPDP. These two cases had hepatocellular carcinoma and fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, respectively, confirmed on liver biopsy. No reports of lymph node enhancement following MnDPDP were identified in the literature. CONCLUSION: Two cases of lymph node enhancement following MnDPDP have been presented. Although histological confirmation of the lymph nodes was not obtained, the authors propose that the lymph node enhancement was due to functioning hepatocytes in lymph node metastases from the patients' histologically confirmed hepatocellular carcinomas. Burkill, G.J.C., Mannion, E.M. and Healy, J.C. (2001)

  2. Lymph node enhancement at MRI with MnDPDP in primary hepatic carcinoma. Technical report

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    Burkill, Guy J.C.; Mannion, Ethna M.; Healy, Jeremiah C

    2001-01-01

    AIMS: To report two cases of lymph node enhancement in primary hepatic carcinoma following the administration of Mangafodipir trisodium (MnDPDP, Teslascan[reg ], Nycomed Amersham U.K.), an hepatocyte specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent. To review our experience with this contrast agent and the literature to establish if such enhancement occurs in normal lymph nodes or has been previously described in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or other lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The radiological reports of all MnDPDP enhanced abdominal MRI examinations were reviewed for lymph node enlargement. The MR images from examinations with reported nodal enlargement were re-evaluated for evidence of nodal enhancement and the hospital notes and histological reports were reviewed. Nodal enhancement was considered present if lymph node signal intensity was greater than that of the spleen following MnDPDP. Literature searches were performed on Medline and PubMed for previous descriptions of lymph node enhancement following MnDPDP. RESULTS: The reports of 90 MnDPDP abdominal MRI examinations were reviewed. Of 18 cases of lymph node enlargement, two had evidence of lymph node enhancement following MnDPDP. These two cases had hepatocellular carcinoma and fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, respectively, confirmed on liver biopsy. No reports of lymph node enhancement following MnDPDP were identified in the literature. CONCLUSION: Two cases of lymph node enhancement following MnDPDP have been presented. Although histological confirmation of the lymph nodes was not obtained, the authors propose that the lymph node enhancement was due to functioning hepatocytes in lymph node metastases from the patients' histologically confirmed hepatocellular carcinomas. Burkill, G.J.C., Mannion, E.M. and Healy, J.C. (2001)

  3. Use of High Frequency Ultrasound to Monitor Cervical Lymph Node Alterations in Mice

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    Walk, Elyse L.; McLaughlin, Sarah; Coad, James; Weed, Scott A.

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    Cervical lymph node evaluation by clinical ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure used in diagnosing nodal status, and when combined with fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC), provides an effective method to assess nodal pathologies. Development of high-frequency ultrasound (HF US) allows real-time monitoring of lymph node alterations in animal models. While HF US is frequently used in animal models of tumor biology, use of HF US for studying cervical lymph nodes alterations associated with...

  4. Farnesoid X receptor, overexpressed in pancreatic cancer with lymph node metastasis promotes cell migration and invasion

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    Lee, J Y; Lee, K. T.; Lee, J. K.; Lee, K. H.; Jang, K-T; Heo, J S; Choi, S. H.; Kim, YIl; Rhee, J. C.

    2011-01-01

    Background: Lymph node metastasis is one of the most important adverse prognostic factors for pancreatic cancer. The aim of this study was to identify novel lymphatic metastasis-associated markers and therapeutic targets for pancreatic cancer. Methods: DNA microarray study was carried out to identify genes differentially expressed between 17 pancreatic cancer tissues with lymph node metastasis and 17 pancreatic cancer tissues without lymph node metastasis. The microarray results were validate...

  5. Prophylactic central lymph nodes dissection (VI level in papillary thyroid cancer

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    Pavel Olegovich Rumiantsev

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Metastatic involvement of central lymph nodes in patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC is very common. However, prophylactic central lymph nodes dissection additionally to thyroidectomy does not significantly affect disease-free and overall survival of PTC patients. Meanwhile its routine conduction is tangibly increase postsurgical complications. From efficacy/safety point of view prophylactic central lymph nodes dissection couldn't be recommended as substantiated in all PTC patients.

  6. Effect of Tumor Deposits on Overall Survival in Colorectal Cancer Patients with Regional Lymph Node Metastases

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    Yabata, Eiichi; Udagawa, Masaru; Okamoto, Hiroyuki

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: The staging system of the International Union Against Cancer considers tumor deposits to be N1c in patients with no regional lymph node metastasis, but the significance of tumor deposits in patients with regional lymph node metastases is unclear. We investigated the effect of tumor deposits on overall survival in colorectal cancer patients with regional lymph node metastases. Patients and Methods: From 2000 to 2008, 551 patients underwent resections for colorectal cancer at our me...

  7. Ex vivo Imaging of T Cells in Murine Lymph Node Slices with Widefield and Confocal Microscopes

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    Salmon, Hélène; Rivas-Caicedo, Ana; Asperti-Boursin, François; Lebugle, Camille; Bourdoncle, Pierre; Donnadieu, Emmanuel

    2011-01-01

    Naïve T cells continuously traffic to secondary lymphoid organs, including peripheral lymph nodes, to detect rare expressed antigens. The migration of T cells into lymph nodes is a complex process which involves both cellular and chemical factors including chemokines. Recently, the use of two-photon microscopy has permitted to track T cells in intact lymph nodes and to derive some quantitative information on their behavior and their interactions with other cells. While there are obvious advan...

  8. Cervical Lymph Node Metastases fromMeningioma: Report of Two Cases andTreatment Outcome

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    Yahya Daneshbod; Ahmad Mosalaei; Mansoor Ansari; Niloofar Ahmadloo; Mohammad Mohammadianpanah; Hamid Nasrolahi; Shapour Omidvari; Neda Bagheri; Shahrzad Negahban

    2010-01-01

    Meningioma is usually a benign central nervous system (CNS) tumor. Metastasisis rare; however if it does occur the most metastatic sites are the liver and lungs. Here,two cases of CNS meningioma with metastasis to cervical lymph nodes are reported.The first case, a 48 year-old man developed cervical lymph node metastasis nine yearsafter primary tumor diagnosis. The second case, a 23 year-old woman with parietallobe meningioma, developed lymph node metastasis in the neck nine months afterth...

  9. Creating a risk model to determine paraaortic lymph node involvement in endometrial carcinoma

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    Turan, Ahmet Taner; YILDIRIM, Burcu AYKAN; Üreyen, Işın; Hizli, Deniz; KARALÖK, Mustafa Alper; Ömer Lütfi TAPISIZ; TULUNAY, Hakkı Gökhan; Boran, Nurettin; Özgül, Nejat; Köse, Mehmet Faruk

    2011-01-01

    To define a high-risk group for paraaortic (PA) lymph node metastasis among endometrial carcinoma patients. Materials and methods: Prognostic factors determining PA lymph node metastasis were defined. Using these factors in different combinations, 14 risk groups were formed. A patient with at least one of these factors was considered as high-risk for PA lymph node metastasis. Results: This study included 152 patients. Of these patients, 18 had tumors in the PA region. Lymphovascular space ...

  10. Binding of Candida albicans yeast cells to mouse popliteal lymph node tissue is mediated by macrophages.

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    Han, Y.; Van Rooijen, N.; Cutler, J E

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    We previously reported that Candida albicans yeast cells adhere to the macrophage-rich medullary and subcapsular sinus areas of mouse lymph node tissue. To determine whether the yeast cell-lymph node interaction is mediated by macrophages, the effect of specific elimination of macrophages on yeast cell binding was studied, and yeast cell adherence was correlated with the ingestion of India ink by lymph node cells. Macrophage elimination was done by use of liposome-containing dichloromethylene...

  11. The mouse lymph node as an ectopic transplantation site for multiple tissues

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    Komori, Junji; Boone, Lindsey; DeWard, Aaron; Hoppo, Toshitaka; Lagasse, Eric

    2012-01-01

    Cell-based therapy has been viewed as a promising alternative to organ transplantation, but cell transplantation aimed at organ repair is not always possible. Here, we show that the mouse lymph node can support the engraftment and growth of healthy cells from multiple tissues. Direct injection of hepatocytes into a single mouse lymph node generated enough ectopic liver mass to rescue survival of mice with lethal metabolic disease. Furthermore, thymuses transplanted into a lymph node of athymi...

  12. Development of a 3D coculture system to study adipocyte and lymph node cell interactions

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    Daya, S.; Loughlin, J.; MacQueen, H.

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    We have developed a long term 3-dimensional coculture system with adipocytes and lymph node cells for the purpose of investigating interactions between these cells in vitro. Present experimental work with the culture system is aimed at introducing lymph node cells, in proportions similar to those found in intact lymph nodes, among differentiated adipocytes and observing interactions and the establishment of a spatial relationship between them. Co-cultures will be used to investigate the ly...

  13. Distribution of Mast Cells in Mediastinal Lymph Nodes from Lung Cancer Patients

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    Shimizu Tetsuya; Edagawa Masao; Matsuzaki Yasunori; Tomita Masaki; Hara Masaki; Onitsuka Toshio

    2003-01-01

    Abstract Background Mast cells have been documented to have several key functions with regards to malignant neoplasms. However, the functional significance of their accumulation is largely unknown. An analysis of the mast cell profile in mediastinal lymph nodes from lung cancer patients is reported here. Methods One hundred thirty-four, randomly selected lymph nodes (63 with positive pathological lymph node status) from 39 surgically treated lung cancer patients were examined. All cancer nega...

  14. Melanocytic cutaneous lesions and melanotic regional lymph nodes in slaughter swine.

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    Bundza, A.; Feltmate, T E

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    During a five month period, 220 slaughter swine (at two abattoirs) had gross cutaneous and lymph node lesions suggestive of melanoma. Lymph nodes from 214 and cutaneous lesions from 176 of these pigs were submitted for histological examination. Of the cutaneous lesions, 174 were spontaneously regressing melanomas, and two were nonregressing. Regression usually commenced by infiltration of the lesion by lymphocytes, plasma cells and the formation of giant cells. Of the melanotic lymph nodes, 1...

  15. Inefficient Lymph Node Sensitization during Respiratory Viral Infection Promotes IL-17–Mediated Lung Pathology

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    Kallal, Lara E.; Hartigan, Adam J.; Hogaboam, Cory M.; Schaller, Matthew A.; Lukacs, Nicholas W.

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    Development of bronchus-associated lymphoid tissue has been suggested to enhance local antiviral immune responses; however, ectopic lymph node formation often corresponds to chronic inflammatory diseases. These studies investigated the role of ectopic pulmonary lymph nodes upon respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection using CCR7-deficient mice, which develop bronchus-associated lymphoid tissue early in life. CCR7−/− mice exhibited impaired secondary lymph node formation, enhanced effector ...

  16. Ultrasonography of the supramammary lymph nodes for diagnosis of bovine chronic subclinical mastitis

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    Khoramian, B.; Vajhi, A.; Ghasemzadeh-Nava, H.; Ahrari-Khafi, M. S; Bahonar, A

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    Currently, somatic cell count (SCC) and bacterial culture are considered as the gold standard of detecting subclinical Mastitis. Mastitis leads to proliferation of lymphocytes in the supramammary lymph nodes and subsequent enlargement of ipsilateral lymph node. Ultrasonography can be used to survey these changes. A portable ultrasound machine with a 2-5 MHz convex transducer was used to identify the supramammary lymph node size in 35 cows in a herd with chronic Staphylococcus aureus mastit...

  17. FOXP3+ Lymphocyte Density in Pancreatic Cancer Correlates with Lymph Node Metastasis

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    Jiang, Yongjian; Du, Zunguo; YANG, FENG; Di, Yang; Li, Ji; ZHOU, ZHONGWEN; Pillarisetty, Venu G.; Fu, Deliang

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    Objective To determine if the density of FOXP3+ lymphocytes in primary tumors and lymph nodes in pancreatic cancer correlates with the presence of lymph node metastases. Methods FOXP3+ lymphocyte density in primary pancreatic cancer tissue and draining lymph nodes was measured using immunohistochemistry. We analyzed the clinical and pathological aspects associated with the accumulation of FOXP3+ lymphocytes in pancreatic cancer. We also analyzed the correlation of density of FOXP3+ lymphocyte...

  18. Mesothelial cell inclusions mimicking adenocarcinoma in cervical lymph nodes in association with chylous effusion

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    Goyal Manu

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Mesothelial cell inclusions in lymph nodes are of rare occurrence and can be mistaken as metastatic adenocarcinomas, mesothelioma or sinus histiocytosis. These are usually found in mediastinal and abdominal lymph nodes and are associated with effusions. We report a case of benign mesothelial cell inclusions in cervical lymph nodes, which was associated with chylous effusion, and immunohistochemistry revealed unusual weak cytoplasmic epithelial membrane antigen positivity in the cells.

  19. CT appearance of hilar and mediastinal enlarged lymph nodes of coal worker's pneumoconiosis

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    Objective: To study the CT appearance of the hilar and mediastinal enlarged lymph nodes in coal worker's pneumoconiosis (CWP), its pathological basis and diagnostic value for CWR complicated with lung cancer. Methods: (1) Twelve isolated lungs with CWP obtained at autopsy were inflated and fixed. CT scan was performed. The pathologic findings of enlarged lymph nodes were identified. (2) CT findings of hilar and mediastinal enlarged lymph nodes of 71 cases with CWP and 22 cases of CWP complicated with lung cancer were analyzed. Results: (1) Most of the enlarged hilar and mediastinal lymph nodes in simple CWR was in third stage of fibrosis. The fourth stage of fibrosis was only seen in lymph nodes of a case with complicated CWP. In this case the necrotic materials of lymph nodes eroded adjacent bronchi and vessels, and coalesced with progressive massive fibrosis (PMF). (2) The average number of lymph nodes in cases of complicated CWP was more than that of simple CWP (P 2 cm was 7.4%. (3) The prevalence of lymph nodes calcification in CWP was 61.1%, but egg shell calcification was only 14.7%. (4) In the cases of CWP complicated with lung cancer, lymph node > 2 cm was 20.8%, that was more than CWP (P3 cm was 7.6%. Conclusion: Lymph nodes up to 1 cm may have dust fibrosis and coal silicosis nodules. The lymph nodes >2 cm is more common in CWP complicated with lung cancer than in simple CWP. The lymph nodes > 3 cm indicates higher probability of CWP with lung cancer than PMF

  20. Pulmonary sclerosing hemangioma with lymph node metastasis: A case report and literature review

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    Adachi, Yasushi; Tsuta, Koji; HIRANO, RYUJI; TANAKA, JIN; Minamino, Keizo; Shimo, Tomohiko; Ikehara, Susumu

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    Pulmonary sclerosing hemangioma (SH) is an uncommon benign or low-grade malignant tumor. Multicentric SH and SH with lymph node metastasis have rarely been reported. The present report describes a case of pulmonary SH with lymph node metastasis in a middle-aged female. A nodule was found incidentally in the lower left lung. The patient underwent left lower pulmonary lobectomy and lymph node dissection. Histologically, the nodule demonstrated the characteristic features of SH and one of the re...

  1. Mulig forbedret behandling af kolorektal cancer med sentinel lymph node-diagnostik

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    Burgdorf, Stefan K; Eriksen, Jens Ravn; Gögenür, Ismail

    2014-01-01

    Possibly improved treatment of colorectal cancer by sentinel lymph node mapping Prognosis for colorectal cancer is dependent on radical surgical intervention. Chemotherapy in patients with advanced disease has improved the survival. A considerable proportion of the patients going through radical...... surgery will subsequently relapse. Adjuvant chemotherapy is reserved for patients with lymph node metastases, why undetected malignant lymph nodes will result in understaging and exclusion from the possible benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy. With sentinel lymph node mapping it may be possible to detect and...

  2. A qualitative synthesis of the evidence behind elective lymph node irradiation in oesophageal cancer

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    Background and purpose: Oesophageal cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer death worldwide and radiotherapy plays a prominent role in its treatment. The presence of lymph node (LN) metastasis has been demonstrated to be one of the most significant prognostic factors related to oesophageal cancer. The use of elective lymph node irradiation (ENI) is still a topic of persistent controversy. The conservative school is to irradiate positive lymph nodes only; the other school is to prophylactically irradiate the regional lymph node area according to different tumour sites. This review investigated the justification for including ENI in the treatment of patients with oesophageal cancer. Material and methods: We performed a systematic literature search to find surgical data about lymph node distribution depending on different tumour subgroups: early, cervical, thoracic and gastroesophageal junction cancer. Furthermore, we performed a qualitative assessment of recurrence patterns in patients treated with or without ENI to derive estimates of the potential area at risk for lymph node harvest. Results: We identified and reviewed 49 studies: 10 in early, 8 in cervical, 10 in thoracic and the remaining 21 in gastroesophageal junction cancer. In general, these studies were conclusive in incidence and location of pathologic lymph nodes for different subgroups. Data for lymph node recurrence patterns are scarce and contributed little to our review. Conclusions: This review resulted in five recommendations for radiation oncologists in daily practice. We used the available evidence about metastatic lymph node distribution to develop a careful reasonable radiation protocol for the corresponding tumour subgroups

  3. Accuracy of multidetector-row CT in diagnosing lymph node metastasis in patients with gastric cancer

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    The purpose of this study was to determine the optimal cut-off value of lymph node size for diagnosing metastasis in gastric cancer with multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) after categorizing perigastric lymph nodes into three regions. The study included 90 gastric cancer patients who underwent gastrectomy. The long-axis diameter (LAD) and short-axis diameter (SAD) of all visualized lymph nodes were measured with transverse MDCT images. The locations of lymph nodes were categorized into three regions: lesser curvature, greater curvature, and suprapancreatic. The diagnostic value of lymph node metastasis was assessed with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. The area under the curve was larger for SAD than LAD in all groups. The optimal cut-off values of SAD were determined as follows: overall, 9 mm; differentiated type, 9 mm; undifferentiated type, 8 mm; lesser curvature region, 7 mm; greater curvature region, 6 mm; and suprapancreatic region, 9 mm. The diagnostic accuracies for lymph node metastasis using individual cut-off values were 71.1 % based on histological type and 76.6 % based on region of lymph node location. The diagnostic accuracy of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer was improved by using individual cut-off values for each lymph node region. (orig.)

  4. Accuracy of multidetector-row CT in diagnosing lymph node metastasis in patients with gastric cancer

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    Saito, Takuro; Kurokawa, Yukinori; Takiguchi, Shuji; Miyazaki, Yasuhiro; Takahashi, Tsuyoshi; Yamasaki, Makoto; Miyata, Hiroshi; Nakajima, Kiyokazu; Mori, Masaki; Doki, Yuichiro [Osaka University, Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Suita, Osaka (Japan)

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    The purpose of this study was to determine the optimal cut-off value of lymph node size for diagnosing metastasis in gastric cancer with multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) after categorizing perigastric lymph nodes into three regions. The study included 90 gastric cancer patients who underwent gastrectomy. The long-axis diameter (LAD) and short-axis diameter (SAD) of all visualized lymph nodes were measured with transverse MDCT images. The locations of lymph nodes were categorized into three regions: lesser curvature, greater curvature, and suprapancreatic. The diagnostic value of lymph node metastasis was assessed with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. The area under the curve was larger for SAD than LAD in all groups. The optimal cut-off values of SAD were determined as follows: overall, 9 mm; differentiated type, 9 mm; undifferentiated type, 8 mm; lesser curvature region, 7 mm; greater curvature region, 6 mm; and suprapancreatic region, 9 mm. The diagnostic accuracies for lymph node metastasis using individual cut-off values were 71.1 % based on histological type and 76.6 % based on region of lymph node location. The diagnostic accuracy of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer was improved by using individual cut-off values for each lymph node region. (orig.)

  5. Pulmonary sclerosing hemangioma with lymph node metastasis: A case report and literature review.

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    Adachi, Yasushi; Tsuta, Koji; Hirano, Ryuji; Tanaka, Jin; Minamino, Keizo; Shimo, Tomohiko; Ikehara, Susumu

    2014-04-01

    Pulmonary sclerosing hemangioma (SH) is an uncommon benign or low-grade malignant tumor. Multicentric SH and SH with lymph node metastasis have rarely been reported. The present report describes a case of pulmonary SH with lymph node metastasis in a middle-aged female. A nodule was found incidentally in the lower left lung. The patient underwent left lower pulmonary lobectomy and lymph node dissection. Histologically, the nodule demonstrated the characteristic features of SH and one of the resected lymph nodes contained a metastasis of this tumor. Thus, pulmonary SH has the potential to metastasize, a potential not suggested by histological features. PMID:24944657

  6. Long-term outcomes in breast cancer patients with ten or more positive axillary nodes treated with combined-modality therapy: The importance of radiation field selection

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    Purpose: To determine the long-term outcome of a consistent treatment approach with electron beam postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) in breast cancer patients with ≥10 positive nodes treated with combined-modality therapy. Methods and Materials: TSixty-three breast cancer patients with ≥10 positive lymph nodes were treated with combined-modality therapy using an electron beam en face technique for PMRT at University of Florida. Patterns of recurrence were studied for correlation with radiation fields. Potential clinical and treatment variables were tested for possible association with local-regional control (LRC), disease-free survival (DFS), and overall survival (OS). Results: TAt 5, 10, and 15 years, OS rates were 57%, 36%, and 27%, respectively; DFS rates were 46%, 37%, and 34%; and LRC rates were 87%, 87%, and 87%. No clinical or treatment variables were associated with OS or DFS. The use of supplemental axillary radiation (SART) (p = 0.012) and pathologic N stage (p = 0.053) were associated with improved LRC. Patients who received SART had a higher rate of LRC than those who did not. Moderate to severe arm edema developed in 17% of patients receiving SART compared with 7% in patients not treated with SART (p = 0.28). Conclusions: TA substantial percentage of patients with ≥10 positive lymph nodes survive breast cancer. The 10-year overall survival in these patients was 36%. The addition of SART was associated with better LRC

  7. Sonographic findings of axillary masses: what can be imaged in this space?

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    Park, Ji Eun; Sohn, Yu-Mee; Kim, Eun-Kyung

    2013-07-01

    The diagnosis of axillary masses can be challenging because various tumors can develop in parts of the axilla other than lymph nodes, even though we frequently encounter axillary masses in daily practice. These lesions include soft tissue masses associated with nontumorous conditions (accessory breast tissue and chronic granulomatous inflammation) and benign and malignant tumorous conditions (lipomas, epidermal inclusion cysts, lymphangiomas, fibroadenomas, schwannomas, malignant neuroendocrine tumors, and lymph node-associated diseases). In this pictorial essay, we display commonly encountered sonographic findings of various axillary lesions to assist in the differential diagnosis of axillary masses. PMID:23804349

  8. Sites of lymph follicle formation in the draining popliteal lymph nodes of mice locally injected with antigenic and mitogenic substances

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    Hee Kyung Ahnl; Hajime Hoshi; Kaeko Horie; Hidetsugu Nagata

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    Our previous studies showed that some antigenic and mitogenic substances, when locally injected into mice, efficiently produced new lymph follicles outside pre-exisiting follicles in draining lymph nodes, whereas others had virtually no effect. In the present experiments, young adult male mice were injected with several antigens and mitogens in the rear footpad, and the number and development sites of newly produced lymph follicles in the draining popliteal nod...

  9. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in clinically detected ductal carcinoma in situ

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    Al-Ameer, Ahmed Yahia; Al Nefaie, Sahar; Al Johani, Badria; Anwar, Ihab; Al Tweigeri, Taher; Tulbah, Asma; Alshabanah, Mohmmed; Al Malik, Osama

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    AIM: To study the indications for sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in clinically-detected ductal carcinoma in situ (CD-DCIS). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 20 patients with an initial diagnosis of pure DCIS by an image-guided core needle biopsy (CNB) between June 2006 and June 2012 was conducted at King Faisal Specialist Hospital. The accuracy of performing SLNB in CD-DCIS, the rate of sentinel and non-sentinel nodal metastasis, and the histologic underestimation rate of invasive cancer at initial diagnosis were analyzed. The inclusion criteria were a preoperative diagnosis of pure DCIS with no evidence of invasion. We excluded any patient with evidence of microinvasion or invasion. There were two cases of mammographically detected DCIS and 18 cases of CD-DCIS. All our patients were diagnosed by an image-guided CNB except two patients who were diagnosed by fine needle aspiration (FNA). All patients underwent breast surgery, SLNB, and axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) if the SLN was positive. RESULTS: Twenty patients with an initial diagnosis of pure DCIS underwent SLNB, 2 of whom had an ALND. The mean age of the patients was 49.7 years (range, 35-70). Twelve patients (60%) were premenopausal and 8 (40%) were postmenopausal. CNB was the diagnostic procedure for 18 patients, and 2 who were diagnosed by FNA were excluded from the calculation of the underestimation rate. Two out of 20 had a positive SLNB and underwent an ALND and neither had additional non sentinel lymph node metastasis. Both the sentinel visualization rate and the intraoperative sentinel identification rate were 100%. The false negative rate was 0%. Only 2 patients had a positive SLNB (10%) and neither had additional metastasis following an ALND. After definitive surgery, 3 patients were upstaged to invasive ductal carcinoma (3/18 = 16.6%) and 3 other patients were upstaged to DCIS with microinvasion (3/18 = 16.6%). Therefore the histologic underestimation rate of invasive disease was 33

  10. Comparison of subdermal and peritumoral injection techniques of lymphoscintigraphy to determine the sentinel lymph node in breast cancer

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    Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the value of two different injection techniques for lymphoscintigraphy (LS) to determine the axillary sentinel lymph node (SLN) in patients (pts) with breast cancer. Patients and Methods: Thirty-six pts with early breast cancer were prospectively studied. For LS with peritumoral (PT) injection, Tc 99m-rhenium sulfide colloid (20 Mbq/ml total) was injected into four quadrants around the tumor and 2-hour delayed static images of anterior and lateral chest of pts were obtained with a dual-head gamma camera. For subdermal (SD) lymphoscintigraphy the same dose in one injector was injected subdermally into the skin over the tumor. Dynamic images for 45 minutes and later 5-minutes static images of anterior and lateral chest were obtained. On the operation intraoperatif gamma probe was used to find the axillary SLN(s) and followed by primary tumor excision and level 1-2 axillary dissection. SLN(s) and whole axillary specimens were evaluated by histopathologically. Results: With both injection techniques, 16/36 pts had completely identical drainage sites and equal no. of the SLNs. Nineteen of 36 pts showed identical lymphatic drainage sites with different no. of SLNs. With PT injection 9/36 pts, with SD injections 2/36 pts (%92) did not show any drainage and SLN. Intrasurgical gamma probe revealed axillary SLN(s) in 35/36 pts (success rate % 97). With both injection techniques there was no significant difference between the success rate of SLN detection and ages of pts, size and site of the tumor and history of previous excisional biopsy. Internal mammary lymphatics (IM) drainage visualization rate were 8/36 with PT injections and 3/36 with SD injections. Other LNs visualization rate were 7/36 with PT injections and 8/36 with SD injections. Conclusion: These findings showed that the success rate of SD injection technique is higher than PT injection technique in visualizing the axillary SLN. To increase the visualization of axillary

  11. [Prophylactic axillary radiotherapy for breast cancer].

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    Rivera, S; Louvel, G; Rivin Del Campo, E; Boros, A; Oueslati, H; Deutsch, É

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    Adjuvant radiotherapy, after breast conserving surgery or mastectomy for breast cancer, improves overall survival while decreasing the risk of recurrence. However, prophylactic postoperative radiotherapy of locoregional lymph nodes for breast cancer, particularly of the axillary region, is still controversial since the benefits and the risks due to axillary irradiation have not been well defined. To begin with, when performing conformal radiotherapy, volume definition is crucial for the analysis of the risk-benefit balance of any radiation treatment. Definition and contouring of the axillary lymph node region is discussed in this work, as per the recommendations of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). Axillary recurrences are rare, and the recent trend leads toward less aggressive surgery with regard to the axilla. In this literature review we present the data that lead us to avoid adjuvant axillary radiotherapy in pN0, pN0i+ and pN1mi patients even without axillary clearance and to perform it in some other situations. Finally, we propose an update about the potential toxicity of adjuvant axillary irradiation, which is essential for therapeutic decision-making based on current evidence, and to guide us in the evolution of our techniques and indications of axillary radiotherapy. PMID:26044178

  12. Relationship between lymph node sinuses with blood and lymphatic metastasis of gastric cancer

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    Tong Yin; Xiao-Long Ji; Min-Shi Shen

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To elucidate the relationship between lymph nodesinuses with blood and lymphatic metastasis of gastric cancer.METHODS: Routine autopsy was carried out in the randomlyselected 102 patients (among them 100 patients died ofvarious diseases, and 2 patients died of non-diseasedreasons), their superficial lymph nodes locating in bilateralnecks (include supraclavicle), axilla, inguina, thorax, andabdomen were sampled. Haematoxylin-Eosin staining wasperformed on 10 % formalin-fixed and paraffin-embeddedlymph node tissue sections (Sum). The histological pattemsof the lymph sinuses containing blood were observed underlight microscope. The expression of CD31, a marker forendothelial cell, was detected both in blood and non-bloodcontaining lymph node sinuses with the method ofimmunohistochemistry.RESULTS: Among the 1322 lymph nodes sampled fromthe autopsies of 100 diseased cases, lymph node sinusescontaining blood were found in 809 lymph nodes sampledfrom 91 cases, but couldn't be seen in the lymph nodessampled from the non-diseased cases. According to histology,we divided the blood containing lymph node sinuses intofive categories: vascular-opening sinus, blood-deficient sinus,erythrophago-sinus, blood-abundant sinus, vascular-formative sinus. Immunohistochemical findings showed thatthe expression of CD31 was strongly positive in vascular-formative sinuses and some vascular-opening sinuses whileit was faint in blood-deficient sinuses, erythrophago-sinusesand some vascular-opening sinuses. It was almost negativein blood-abundant sinus and non-blood containing sinus.CONCLUSION: In the state of disease, the phenomenonof blood present in the lymph sinus is not uncommon. Bloodcould possibly enter into the lymph sinuses through thelymphaticovenous communications between the veins andthe sinuses in the node. Lymph circulation and the bloodcirculation could communicate with each other in the lymphnode sinuses. The skipping and distal lymphatic metastasisof gastric cancer may

  13. Inflammation and Tumor Microenvironment in Lymph Node Metastasis

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    In nearly all human cancers, the presence of lymph node (LN) metastasis increases clinical staging and portends worse prognosis (compared to patients without LN metastasis). Herein, principally reviewing experimental and clinical data related to malignant melanoma, we discuss diverse factors that are mechanistically involved in LN metastasis. We highlight recent data that link tumor microenvironment, including inflammation (at the cellular and cytokine levels) and tumor-induced lymphangiogenesis, with nodal metastasis. Many of the newly identified genes that appear to influence LN metastasis facilitate general motility, chemotactic, or invasive properties that also increase the ability of cancer cells to disseminate and survive at distant organ sites. These new biomarkers will help predict clinical outcome and point to novel future therapies in metastatic melanoma as well as other cancers

  14. Axillary radiotherapy: an alternative treatment option for adjuvant axillary management of breast cancer

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    Zhang, Jie; Wang, Chuan

    2016-01-01

    Axillary lymph node dissection is standard management of axilla in invasive breast cancer. Radiotherapy also is important in local treatment. It is controversial as to whether axillary radiotherapy can displace axillary lymph node dissection. We performed a meta-analysis comparing axillary radiotherapy with axillary dissection. No significant difference was observed for disease free survival and overall survival between the radiation group and the dissection group. There was also no significant difference in either the axillary recurrence or the local recurrence between the two groups. But the axillary relapse rate in the radiation group was higher than in the surgery group at five-year follow-up while the local recurrence rate in the surgery group was higher than in the radiation group. A subgroup analysis showed that the difference in the axillary recurrence rate (RR = 0.20, P = 0.01) and local recurrence rate (RR = 4.7, P = 0.01) mainly appeared in the clinical node-positive subgroup. The edema rate in the surgery group was higher than in the radiation group (RR = 2.08, 95%: 1.71–2.54, P < 0.0001). We concluded that radiotherapy may be an alternative treatment option for adjuvant management of the axilla in selected sub-groups of patients. PMID:27212421

  15. CT lymphography-guided sentinel lymph node biopsy

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    Authors summarized their feasibility studies for clinical significance of CT lymphography-guided sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping and biopsy in the breast, lung and esophageal cancers, with use of a recently developed water-soluble contrast medium, iopamidol. Subjects with breast cancers were 68 patients of the mean age 58 years old with the mean tumor size 21 mm. Local anesthesia was done by intradermal and subcutaneous injections of lidocaine, iopamidol was injected around the tumor, and 3D-CT was then conducted 20-30 sec later with the 4-row multidetector CT equipment, Siemens Somatom Volume Zoom. The CT was completed within 10-15 min with exposure doses of 14-18 mGy. Biopsy was then performed according to the 3D-CT map. Subjects with early stage lung and esophageal cancers were each 9 patients (mean ages 63 and 66 y) with the mean tumor size 21 mm and operable one, respectively. 3D-CT and biopsy were conducted essentially similarly to above. Shortly after injection of the contrast medium, all pathways of lymph ducts from the tumor to SLN were imaged, based on whose map biopsy was possible. This procedure can be practically useful for identification and biopsy of SLN in those cancers. (T.I.)

  16. Factors related to lymph node metastasis and surgical strategy used to treat early gastric carcinoma

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    Kim, Dong Yi; Joo, Jae Kyoon; Ryu, Seong Yeob; Kim, Young Jin; Kim, Shin Kon

    2004-01-01

    AIM: The prognosis of early gastric carcinoma (EGC) is generally excellent after surgery. The presence or absence of lymph node metastasis in EGC is an important prognostic factor. The survival and recurrence rates of node-negative EGC are much better than those of node-positive EGC. This study examined the factors related to lymph node metastasis in EGC to determine the appropriate treatment for EGC.

  17. TOPOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LYMPH NODES OF THE DROMEDARY (Camelus dromedarius)

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    P GAVRYLIN; D.E. Rahmoun; M LIESHCHOVA

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    The architecture of the lymph node dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) differs from that shown in the conventional patterns of other mammalian animals, generally formed of a plurality of aggregates, the latter are surrounded by a connective tissue which extends over the whole area surface lymph node and each cluster is a node itself. Vascular distribution in these lymphoid aggregates is relatively abundant and each node receives one or two afferent lymphatic’s and is drained by four or five effer...

  18. The features of the human mesenteric lymph node histogenesis in the first half of the prenatal period of ontogenesis

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    Dub, M. I.; Alieva, E. G.

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    In recent years the important meanings are given to the role of mesenteric lymph node as a peripheral immune organ in the formation of local and general immune reactions. Features of the mesenteric lymph nodes morphogenesis are not well understood due to the different functions of these organs [1, 2]. There is still no consensus on the initial stages of the mesenteric lymph nodes. Many authors attribute the histogenesis of lymph nodes with the development of the mesenteric lymph vessels [3, 8...

  19. Lymphangiogenesis in Regional Lymph Nodes Is an Independent Prognostic Marker in Rectal Cancer Patients after Neoadjuvant Treatment

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    Jakob, Christiane; Aust, Daniela E; Liebscher, Birgit; Baretton, Gustavo B.; Datta, Kaustubh; Muders, Michael H.

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    One of the major prognostic factors in rectal cancer is lymph node metastasis. The formation of lymph node metastases is dependent on the existence of a premetastatic niche. An important factor preceding metastasis are lymph vessels which are located in the lymph node. Accordingly, the occurrence of intranodal lymphangiogenesis is thought to indicate distant metastasis and worse prognosis. To evaluate the significance of lymph node lymphangiogenesis, we studied formalin fixed, paraffin embedd...

  20. Magnetic Resonance Lymphography–Guided Selective High-Dose Lymph Node Irradiation in Prostate Cancer

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    Purpose: To demonstrate the feasibility of magnetic resonance lymphography (MRL) –guided delineation of a boost volume and an elective target volume for pelvic lymph node irradiation in patients with prostate cancer. The feasibility of irradiating these volumes with a high-dose boost to the MRL-positive lymph nodes in conjunction with irradiation of the prostate using intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) was also investigated. Methods and Materials: In 4 prostate cancer patients with a high risk of lymph node involvement but no enlarged lymph nodes on CT and/or MRI, MRL detected pathological lymph nodes in the pelvis. These lymph nodes were identified and delineated on a radiotherapy planning CT to create a boost volume. Based on the location of the MRL-positive lymph nodes, the standard elective pelvic target volume was individualized. An IMRT plan with a simultaneous integrated boost (SIB) was created with dose prescriptions of 42 Gy to the pelvic target volume, a boost to 60 Gy to the MRL-positive lymph nodes, and 72 Gy to the prostate. Results: All MRL-positive lymph nodes could be identified on the planning CT. This information could be used to delineate a boost volume and to individualize the pelvic target volume for elective irradiation. IMRT planning delivered highly acceptable radiotherapy plans with regard to the prescribed dose levels and the dose to the organs at risk (OARs). Conclusion: MRL can be used to select patients with limited lymph node involvement for pelvic radiotherapy. MRL-guided delineation of a boost volume and an elective pelvic target volume for selective high-dose lymph node irradiation with IMRT is feasible. Whether this approach will result in improved outcome for these patients needs to be investigated in further clinical studies.

  1. Is early dynamic lymphoscintigraphy for detection of sentinel lymph nodes always achievable in breast tumor?

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    In this article, we will discuss the achievement of early dynamic lymphoscintigraphic protocol and compare detection of sentinel node between benign and malignant breast tumors, and whether pathologic factor is related or not. During a six-month period, consecutive fifty-nine patients were enrolled into our study. The average age of patients was 47.6±9.8 years and all of them were clinically suspected of having breast cancer. The average tumor was 2.1±1.1 cm in size. First, Tc-99m sulfur colloid was injected around corners of palpable mass or biopsy cavity by the hybrid injection method. Immediately thereafter, dynamic protocol of lymphoscintigraphy, with 10 sec per frame for 60 frames was performed by established simultaneous dual-head vertical angle imaging technique. And delayed two-hour image was also acquired. All patients underwent surgery sixteen to twenty hours later and had a final pathological diagnosis. Among 59 patients, 14 of them were diagnosed with fibroadenoma and the other 45 cases with malignant conditions, infiltrating duct carcinoma mostly. The average age of the two groups was similar. From the summation image of dynamic study, identified axillary sentinel nodal activity was found as 80% in the group of benign breast tumor, but only 48% in the group of malignant breast tumor. In more than 88% of patients, sentinel lymph node was detectable on the delayed two-hour image between the two groups. Early dynamic protocol of pre-operative lymphoscintigraphy is helpful to clarify the relationship between the local lymphatic drainage basin and sentinel nodal uptake. However, this short period of protocol is not always achievable to detect sentinel node, especially in the group with breast malignant lesions. (author)

  2. Staging of early lymph node metastases with the sentinel lymph node technique and predictive factors in T1/T2 oral cavity cancer

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    Pedersen, Nicklas Juel; Jensen, David Hebbelstrup; Hedbäck, Nora; Frendø, Martin; Kiss, Katalin; Lelkaitis, Giedrius; Mortensen, Jann; Christensen, Anders; Specht, Lena; von Buchwald, Christian

    BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to examine the diagnostic accuracy of detecting lymph node metastases and to identify predictive and prognostic clinicopathological factors in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) undergoing sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). METHODS: All...... factors for the presence of metastases. CONCLUSION: These data support the use of the SLNB technique as an accurate and safe staging tool in patients with OSCC with a cN0 neck. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2015....

  3. Sentinel lymph node biopsy using dye alone method is reliable and accurate even after neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in locally advanced breast cancer - a prospective study

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    Mishra Ashwani

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB is now considered a standard of care in early breast cancers with N0 axillae; however, its role in locally advanced breast cancer (LABC after neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (NACT is still being debated. The present study assessed the feasibility, efficacy and accuracy of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB using "dye alone" (methylene blue method in patients with LABC following NACT. Materials and methods Thirty, biopsy proven cases of LABC that had received three cycles of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (cyclophosphamide, adriamycin, 5-fluorouracil were subjected to SLNB (using methylene blue dye followed by complete axillary lymph node dissection (levels I-III. The sentinel node(s was/were and the axilla were individually assessed histologically. The SLN accuracy parameters were calculated employing standard definitions. The SLN identification rate in the present study was 100%. The sensitivity of SLNB was 86.6% while the accuracy was 93.3%, which were comparable with other studies done using dual lymphatic mapping method. The SLN was found at level I in all cases and no untoward reaction to methylene blue dye was observed. Conclusions This study confirms that SLNB using methylene blue dye as a sole mapping agent is reasonably safe and almost as accurate as dual agent mapping method. It is likely that in the near future, SLNB may become the standard of care and provide a less morbid alternative to routine axillary lymph node dissection even in patients with LABC that have received NACT.

  4. Intraoperative injection of technetium-99m-dextran 500 for the identification of sentinel lymph node in breast cancer

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    Purpose: to determine the efficacy of intraoperative injection of Dextran-500-99m-technetium (Tc) for the identification of the sentinel lymph node (SLN) in breast cancer and analyze time to label the SLN in the axillary region. Methods: a prospective study between April 2008 and June 2009, which included 74 sentinel lymph node biopsies (SLNB) in patients with breast cancer in stages T1N0 and T2N0. After induction of anesthesia, 0.5 to 1.5 mCi of Dextran-500-99m-Tc filtered 0.22 μm in a volume of 5 mL was injected intraoperative using the subareolar technique for SLNB. After labeling with the radioisotope, 2 mL of patent blue was injected. The time elapsed between injection and the axillary hot spot, the in vivo and ex vivo counts of the hottest nodes, the background count, and the number of SLN identified were documented. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics with SPSS program, version 18. Results: we identified the SLN in 100% of cases. The rate of SLN identification with the probe was 98% (73/74 cases). In one case (1.35%) the SLN was labeled only with the blue dye. The mean dose of radioisotope injected was 0.97±0.22 mCi. The average time to label the SLN was 10.7 minutes (±5.7 min). We identified on average of 1.66 SLN labeled with the radioisotope. Conclusion: the procedure for SLN identification with an intraoperative injection of the radioisotope is oncologically safe and comfortable for the patient, providing agility to the surgical team. (author)

  5. Breast Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy: State of the Art: 2015.

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    Reintgen, Michael; Kerivan, Lauren; Reintgen, Eric; Swaninathan, Santosh; Reintgen, Douglas

    2016-06-01

    Lymphatic mapping with sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) was introduced in the 1990s as a method to stage the nodal axilla in women with breast cancer. Very quickly the technique became the standard of care because pathologic staging was more accurate and sensitive and the surgical procedure resulted in low morbidity. SLNB has continued to evolve, and the applications in breast cancer have been expanded. A review of the published data was performed to update the lymphatic mapping technique and identify key issues and trends in the application of SLNB in women with breast cancer in 2015. The importance of axillary staging continues to effect the surgical treatment of patients with breast cancer. Originally described for patients with invasive cancer, the technique now plays an important role in staging women with ductal carcinoma in situ or recurrent breast cancer and patients with advanced breast cancer who are receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Histologic examinations have incorporated multiple sectioning and immunostains. The morbidity has been low, and techniques for limiting lymphedema are being introduced. Lymphatic mapping will continue to play an important role in the treatment of women with breast cancer. The SLNB will evolve by eliminating the need for radioactivity in the operating room, and the technique will become more accurate and used in expanded indications by incorporating preoperative imaging and intraoperative guidance procedures. PMID:26952594

  6. Egg and larvae of filarial worm in fine-needle aspiration smears of lymph node

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    Jitendra Singh Nigam

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Filariasis is a major health problem in tropical countries like India. Detection of egg with or without larva in fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC is very unusual despite the high incidence of this parasite in endemic zone. Early diagnosis and treatment prevent the more severe manifestations of disease. A 6-year-old male from eastern Uttar Pradesh presented with the complaints of axillary swelling, fever and loss of appetite. On examination, swelling was 3 cm × 2 cm in size, freely mobile, firm and non-tender. FNA was performed and air-dried smears were stained with Giemsa stain. Smears showed many short and blunt larvae without any distinct sheath and nuclei. Numerous round to oval eggs with short coiled larvae inside them were also seen. A diagnosis of filarial lymphadenopathy was made. The case was considered worth documentation to highlight the finding of filarial eggs in FNA of lymph node, which can be missed or misdiagnosed by an unexperienced pathologist leading to delayed or wrong treatment of a curable disease.

  7. Ultrasound of neck lymph nodes: How to do it and how do they look?

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    Cervical lymphadenopathy is commonly caused by metastases, lymphoma, tuberculosis and reactive hyperplasia. Before making an accurate diagnosis of pathologic lymph nodes, a clear understanding of the normal appearances of cervical nodes is crucial. Ultrasound examination of cervical lymph nodes is common in routine clinical practice because of its high sensitivity and specificity when combined with ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). This article reviews the ultrasound of cervical lymph nodes including classification of the nodes, equipment, scanning technique and sonographic appearances of normal and common abnormal lymph nodes. The sonographic appearance of unusual cervical lymphadenopathy and the value of three-dimensional ultrasound in the volumetric measurements of cervical nodes are also discussed

  8. Ultrasound of neck lymph nodes: How to do it and how do they look?

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    Ying, Michael [Department of Optometry and Radiography, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China); Ahuja, Anil T. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Organ Imaging, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin New Territories, Hong Kong (China)]. E-mail: aniltahuja@cuhk.edu.hk

    2006-05-15

    Cervical lymphadenopathy is commonly caused by metastases, lymphoma, tuberculosis and reactive hyperplasia. Before making an accurate diagnosis of pathologic lymph nodes, a clear understanding of the normal appearances of cervical nodes is crucial. Ultrasound examination of cervical lymph nodes is common in routine clinical practice because of its high sensitivity and specificity when combined with ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). This article reviews the ultrasound of cervical lymph nodes including classification of the nodes, equipment, scanning technique and sonographic appearances of normal and common abnormal lymph nodes. The sonographic appearance of unusual cervical lymphadenopathy and the value of three-dimensional ultrasound in the volumetric measurements of cervical nodes are also discussed.

  9. Radiation therapy and surgery in the treatment of regional lymph nodes in squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva

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    A series of 244 patients with vulvar squamous cell carcinomas was analyzed with regard to treatment of the regional lymph nodes. In 144 patients, groin dissection was performed, supplemented in 24 cases by pelvic lymphadenectomy. Preoperative irradiation was given and in cases with positive nodes postoperative irradiation as well. Patients in whom lymph node dissection was not performed received irradiation. Treatment failures in the regional lymph node regions were analyzed and the policy concerning treatment of the regional lymph nodes is discussed. (orig.)

  10. Radiation therapy and surgery in the treatment of regional lymph nodes in squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva

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    Simonsen, E.; Nordberg, U.B.; Johnsson, J.E.; Lamm, I.L.; Trope, C.

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    A series of 244 patients with vulvar squamous cell carcinomas was analyzed with regard to treatment of the regional lymph nodes. In 144 patients, groin dissection was performed, supplemented in 24 cases by pelvic lymphadenectomy. Preoperative irradiation was given and in cases with positive nodes postoperative irradiation as well. Patients in whom lymph node dissection was not performed received irradiation. Treatment failures in the regional lymph node regions were analyzed and the policy concerning treatment of the regional lymph nodes is discussed. (orig.).

  11. Differentiation of Metastatic and Non-Metastatic Mesenteric Lymph Nodes by Strain Elastography in Surgical Specimens

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    Havre, R F; Leh, S M; Gilja, O H;

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    Purpose: To investigate if strain elastography could differentiate between metastatic and non-metastatic mesenteric lymph nodes ex-vivo. Materials and Methods: 90 mesenteric lymph nodes were examined shortly after resection from 25 patients including 17 patients with colorectal cancer and 8 patie...

  12. Noninvasive detection of clinically occult lymph-node metastases in prostate cancer.

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    Harisinghani, M.G.; Barentsz, J.O.; Hahn, P.F.; Deserno, W.M.L.L.G.; Tabatabaei, S.; Hulsbergen-van de Kaa, C.A.; Rosette, J.J.M.H.C. de la; Weissleder, R.

    2003-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Accurate detection of lymph-node metastases in prostate cancer is an essential component of the approach to treatment. We investigated whether highly lymphotropic superparamagnetic nanoparticles, which gain access to lymph nodes by means of interstitial-lymphatic fluid transport, could b

  13. Feasibility of 13th lymph nodes as sentinels for periampullary carcinoma

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    2013-01-01

    Objective To study the feasibility and clinical value of 13th lymph nodes in predicting general lymph nodes metastases for periampullary carcinoma.Methods A total of 77 patients with pathologically confirmed periampullary carcinoma were recruited.And 26 (18 males and 8

  14. Ultrasonography of the supramammary lymph nodes for diagnosis of bovine chronic subclinical mastitis.

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    Khoramian, B; Vajhi, A; Ghasemzadeh-Nava, H; Ahrari-Khafi, M S; Bahonar, A

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    Currently, somatic cell count (SCC) and bacterial culture are considered as the gold standard of detecting subclinical Mastitis. Mastitis leads to proliferation of lymphocytes in the supramammary lymph nodes and subsequent enlargement of ipsilateral lymph node. Ultrasonography can be used to survey these changes. A portable ultrasound machine with a 2-5 MHz convex transducer was used to identify the supramammary lymph node size in 35 cows in a herd with chronic Staphylococcus aureus mastitis. After pre-milking udder preparation, a California mastitis test (CMT) was performed and individual milk samples were taken from each quarter for bacterial culture and somatic cell count (SCC) in accordance with NMC recommendations. The mean length (range 5.77-12.90 cm) and width (range 2.07-7.41 cm) of the lymph node were 9.2 and 4.03 cm, respectively. There was a positive correlation between lymph node size (length and depth) and culture of milk samples on ipsilateral quarters. Also, there was a significant difference correlation between CMT or mean log SCC of each side and size of supramammary lymph node in the same side. This study showed significant changes in supramammary lymph node dimensions in mastitis cases, so ultrasonography of this lymph node is probably a useful method for mastitis detection, especially in situations that test on milk is impossible. PMID:27175155

  15. Adjuvant radiotherapy after salvage lymph node dissection because of nodal relapse of prostate cancer versus salvage lymph node dissection only

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    Nodal pelvic/retroperitoneal recurrent prostate cancer (PCa) after primary therapy can be treated with salvage lymph node dissection (salvage-LND) in order to delay disease progression and offer cure for a subset of patients. Whether adjuvant radiotherapy (ART) in affected regions improves the outcome by elimination of residual tumour burden remains unclear. A total of 93 patients with exclusively nodal PCa relapse underwent choline-positron-emission tomography-computed-tomography-directed pelvic/retroperitoneal salvage-LND; 46 patients had surgery only and 47 patients received ART in regions with proven lymph node metastases. In case of subsequent prostate specific antigen (PSA) progression, different imaging modalities were performed to confirm next relapse within or outside the treated region (TR). Mean follow-up was 3.2 years. Lymphatic tumour burden was balanced between the two groups. Additional ART resulted in delayed relapse within TR (5-year relapse-free rate 70.7 %) versus surgery only (5-year relapse-free rate 26.3 %, p < 0.0001). In both treatment arms, time to next relapse outside the TR was almost equal (median 27 months versus 29.6 months, p = 0.359). With respect to the detection of the first new lesion, regardless if present within or outside the TR, 5 years after the treatment 34.3 % of patients in the group with additional ART were free of relapse, versus 15.4 % in the surgery only group (p = 0.0122). ART had no influence on the extent of PSA reduction at latest follow-up compared to treatment with surgery only. ART after salvage-LND provides stable local control in TR and results in overall significant improved next-relapse-free survival, compared to patients who received surgery only in case of nodal PCa-relapse. (orig.)

  16. The influence of ionizing beams on the barrier function of the lymph nodes

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    60 female Wistar rats were given a 60Co gamma irradiation dose of 1,500 R in one go on a ventral pelvic field. The bilateral iliac and inguinal groups of lymph nodes were always within the penetrated region. 30 test animals each were investigated in a test series I (three months after irradiation) and a test series II (four months after irradiation). After three or four months, the barrier function of the abdominal lymph node groups was tested. Radioactively labelled erythrocytes were incorporated in the filtration system of the lymph apparatus as test particles. The comparison of the measured results with those of non-irradiated control animals showed a significant reduction of the barrier effectiveness in both test series. It can be concluded from the investigations that the radiogenic barrier reduction observed on the single lymph nodes is valid for the whole system consisting of several lymph nodes and also for physiological lymph transport. (BSC/LH)

  17. Sentinel lymph node detection in breast cancer patients using surgical navigation system based on fluorescence molecular imaging technology

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    Chi, Chongwei; Kou, Deqiang; Ye, Jinzuo; Mao, Yamin; Qiu, Jingdan; Wang, Jiandong; Yang, Xin; Tian, Jie

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    Introduction: Precision and personalization treatments are expected to be effective methods for early stage cancer studies. Breast cancer is a major threat to women's health and sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is an effective method to realize precision and personalized treatment for axillary lymph node (ALN) negative patients. In this study, we developed a surgical navigation system (SNS) based on optical molecular imaging technology for the precise detection of the sentinel lymph node (SLN) in breast cancer patients. This approach helps surgeons in precise positioning during surgery. Methods: The SNS was mainly based on the technology of optical molecular imaging. A novel optical path has been designed in our hardware system and a feature-matching algorithm has been devised to achieve rapid fluorescence and color image registration fusion. Ten in vivo studies of SLN detection in rabbits using indocyanine green (ICG) and blue dye were executed for system evaluation and 8 breast cancer patients accepted the combination method for therapy. Results: The detection rate of the combination method was 100% and an average of 2.6 SLNs was found in all patients. Our results showed that the method of using SNS to detect SLN has the potential to promote its application. Conclusion: The advantage of this system is the real-time tracing of lymph flow in a one-step procedure. The results demonstrated the feasibility of the system for providing accurate location and reliable treatment for surgeons. Our approach delivers valuable information and facilitates more detailed exploration for image-guided surgery research.

  18. Prognostic value of retropharyngeal lymph nodes in nasopharyngeal carcinoma treated by intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)

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    Objective: To investigate the correlation of the the positive rate and necrosis rate of retropharyngeal lymph nodes with the clinical effects of intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in treatment of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (PNC). Methods: Seventy-two patients with PNC, 50 males and 22 females,with the median age of 50, underwent IMRT delivered into 33 times. The retropharyngeal lymph nodes involved and positive lymph nodes of neck were delineated on the CT image. The median dose and median fractionated dose for gross tumor volume (GTV) were 70.0 and 2.12 Gy respectively, and the median dose and median fractionated dose for clinical target volume (CTV) were 70.0 and 2.12 Gy respectively. The patients were followed up for 36 (5-54) months. Results: The metastasis rate of the neck lymph nodes was 90.3%, the metastasis rates in the regions Ⅰ-Ⅴ were 2.8%, 86.0%, 51.4%, 20.8%, and 37.5%, respectively. The metastasis rate of the retropharyngeal lymph nodes was 79.2%, and specifically the metastasis rates of the left, right, and bilateral retropharyngeal lymph nodes were 51.4%, 45.9%, and 18.1%, respectively. The cross metastasis rate was 6.9%. Necrosis of the retropharyngeal lymph nodes was found in 15 cases. The necrosis rates of the left, right, and bilateral retropharyngeal lymph nodes were 21.6%, 27.2%, 15.4%, respectively. Retropharyngeal lymph nodes metastasis was significantly correlated with N stage and clinical stage (Fuzhou 92:r =-0.383, -0.314, P<0.05; UICC:r =-0.434, -0.306, P<0.05). Local recurrence was observed in 4 patients,6 patients had distant metastasis, and 7 patients died. The positiveness of retropharyngeal lymph nodes was significantly correlated with the recurrence rate, distant metastasis rate,survival rate,and disease free survival rate (r = 0.085, 0.138, -0.140, -0.124, P<0.05), and the necrosis of the retropharyngeal lymph nodes was significantly correlated with the recurrence rate and distant metastasis rate (r = 0.256, -0.057, P<0

  19. Lymphatic spread of mesenchymal renal tumor to metastatic parathymic lymph nodes in rat

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    Rozsa, David; Trencsenyi, Gyorgy; Kertai, Pal; Marian, Terez; Nagy, Gabor; Banfalvi, Gaspar

    2009-01-01

    Rat mesenchymal renal tumor cells (NeDe) transplanted under the kidney capsule of F344 rats resulted in metastases in the parathymic lymph nodes. Tumor cells were isolated from these tumor-bearing lymph