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  1. Pattern of Colon Cancer Lymph Node Metastases in Patients Undergoing Central Mesocolic Lymph Node Excision

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    Bertelsen, Claus A; Kirkegaard-Klitbo, Anders; Nielsen, Mingyuan

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Extended mesocolic lymph node dissection in colon cancer surgery seems to improve oncological outcome. A possible reason might be related to metastases in the central mesocolic lymph nodes. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe the pattern of mesocolic lymph node...... not considered appropriate. The risk of central mesocolic lymph node metastases for right-sided cancers varies between 1% and 22%. In sigmoid cancer, the risk is reported in ≤12% of the patients and is associated with advanced T stage. LIMITATIONS: The retrospective design and heterogeneity, in terms...

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ...

  4. [Analysis of the patterns of cervical lymph node recurrence in patients with cN0 papillary thyroid carcinoma after central neck lymph node dissection].

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    Huang, Hui; Xu, Zhengang; Wang, Xiaolei; Wu, Yuehuang; Liu, Shaoyan

    2015-10-01

    To retrospectively analyze the long-term results of prophylactic central lymph node dissection in cN0 papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), and investigate the treatment method of the cervical lymph nodes for cN0 PTC. One hundred and thirty-six patients with cN0 PTC were treated by surgery at the Cancer Hospital of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences from 2000 to 2006. Their clinicopathological characteristics, surgical procedures and survival outcomes were collected and analyzed. The occult lymph node metastasis rate in central compartment was 61.0%. The average number of positive lymph nodes was 2.47 (1-13), in which 54 patients had 1-2 and 29 patients had ≥ 3 positive lymph nodes. Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that age less than 45 (P=0.001, OR 3.571, 95% CI 1.681-7.587)and extracapsular spread (ECS) (P=0.015, OR 2.99, 95% CI 1.241-7.202)were independent risk factors for lymph node metastasis in the central compartment. The ten-year cumulative overall survival rate was 98.3% and cumulative lateral neck metastasis rate was 25.2%. Multivariate analysis with Cox regression model showed that ECS (P=0.001, OR 5.211, 95% CI1.884-14.411) and positive lymph nodes in the central compartment ≥ 3 (P=0.009, OR 4.005, 95% CI 1.419-11.307) were independent risk factors for lymph node recurrence in the lateral neck region. The distribution of recurrent lymph nodes: level IV (82.4%), level III (64.7%), level II (29.4%) and level V (11.8%). Routine central lymph node dissection, at least unilateral, should be conducted for cN0 papillary thyroid carcinoma. Attention should be paid to the treatment of lateral neck region in patients with cN0 papillary thyroid carcinoma. Selective neck dissection is suggested for cN0 PTC with ECS or positive central lymph nodes ≥ 3, or both. The range of dissection should include level III and IV at least.

  5. Lymph node culture

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    ... get infected and you may need to take antibiotics) Nerve injury if the biopsy is done on a lymph node close to nerves (the numbness usually goes away in a few months) Alternative Names Culture - lymph node Images Lymphatic system Lymph ...

  6. A Meta-analysis of Central Lymph Node Metastasis for Predicting Lateral Involvement in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma.

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    Lan, Xiabin; Sun, Wei; Zhang, Hao; Dong, Wenwu; Wang, Zhihong; Zhang, Ting

    2015-11-01

    Whether central lymph node metastasis is a reliable indicator of lateral lymph node metastasis in papillary thyroid carcinoma remains obscure. To investigate the value of central lymph node metastasis for predicting lateral compartment involvement, we performed a meta-analysis of published studies. A systematic literature search of PubMed, EMBASE, and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure databases was completed, and the reference lists of the identified articles and prior relevant reviews were examined. Two reviewers extracted data and assessed the quality of eligible studies independently. Odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals were pooled through a random effects meta-analysis model. Twenty-one studies were eligible and further analyzed in this meta-analysis. The risk of lateral lymph node metastasis was significantly higher in the central lymph node-positive group than in the negative group (odds ratio = 7.64, 95% confidence interval: 5.59-10.44), with moderate heterogeneity across studies (P = .007, I(2) = 48.6%). Subgroup analyses and sensitivity analysis suggested that the results were consistent and credible. However, Begg's funnel plot and Egger linear regression test revealed a likelihood of publication bias (P = .000). This meta-analysis suggests that central lymph node metastasis is valuable for predicting lateral compartment involvement in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma. For those patients with central lymph node metastasis, additional attention should be paid to the lateral neck, as the risk of lateral lymph node metastasis was significantly higher in the central lymph node-positive group than in the negative group. Further studies regarding appropriate management for patients with high risk of lateral involvement are needed. © American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation 2015.

  7. Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma: Analysis of the Central Compartmentʼs Lymph Nodes Metastases

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    Ján Sojak

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Papillary thyroid carcinoma is typical by regional lymph nodes metastases. Therefore we decided to analyse associated risk factors. Objective: In this retrospective study we focused on the incidence of metastatic involvement of the central compartment’s lymph nodes correlated with age, size of the primary tumour, infiltration of thyroid gland capsule, positive lymphangioinvasion in order to assess risk factors. Method: We analysed group of 156 patients with papillary carcinoma, who have undergone total thyroidectomy and bilateral elective central compartment neck dissection. We evaluated the occurrence of metastases, size, infiltration and lymphangioinvasion based on definitive histology of the whole group and separately for subgroups of patients under and over 45 years. Result: We found metastatic involvement in 88 (56.4% patients. When comparing the subgroups of patients under (73 patients and over 45 years (83 patients, we found metastases in 56 vs. 32 (76.7% vs. 38.6% patients. In the subgroup of younger patients we found significant higher incidence of metastases compared with the group of over 45 years, P < 0.001 (P = 0.000027. We found significant higher incidence of metastases in patients with positive capsule infiltration in the whole group, P < 0.001 (P = 0.00049; in the subgroup of under 45 years, P < 0.001 (P = 0.00091 and in patients with positive lymphangioinvasion in the whole group, P < 0.01 (P = 0.00177; in the subgroup of over 45 years, P < 0.001 (P = 0.0002. In patients with metastases we found tumour size ≥1cm more frequently in all groups. Conclusion: We recorded higher incidence of regional metastases in patients under 45 years, positive capsule infiltration, lymphangioinvasion. Age under 45 years itself does not correlate with less aggressive disease, to the contrary some of other analysed risk factors correlate with more aggressive disease.

  8. A Study on Central Lymph Node Metastasis in 543 cN0 Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Patients

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    Huanhuan Yan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC with central lymph node metastases (CLNMs is common. The objective of this study was to investigate the incidence and risk factors of lymph node metastasis patients with PTC. Patients and Methods. Between January 2013 and February 2015, a retrospective study of 543 patients with PTC undergoing hemithyroidectomy or total thyroidectomy with routine central lymph node dissection (CLND was analyzed. Clinicopathologic risk factors for CLNM were studied using univariate and multivariate analysis by SPSS 22.0 software. Results. The incidence of CLNMs in PTC patients was 38.1% (207/543. In the multivariate analysis, male gender (p<0.001, OR: 1.984, age <45 years (p<0.001, OR: 1.934, bilaterality (p=0.006, OR: 1.585, tumor size ≥0.25 cm (p=0.001, OR: 7.655, and external extension (p=0.001, OR: 7.579 were independent risk factors of CLNMs. Furthermore, in PTC patients with tumor size <0.25 cm, all 7 males and 21 patients with unilaterality were not found to have CLNMs. Conclusions. CLNMs are prevalent in the PTC patients with the following risk factors: male gender, age <45 years, bilaterality, tumor size ≥0.25 cm, and external extension. PTC patients with tumor size <0.25 cm, male patients, and patients with unilateral lesion could be considered safe from CLNMs.

  9. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer

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    lymph node metastases.1 Regional nodal status can be accu- rately predicted by identification and examination of the sen- tinel lymph node (SLN). If the SLN shows no evidence of tumour it is over 90% certain that the remaining regional lymph nodes are negative.2. The use of sentinel lymph node direction (SLND) in early.

  10. Application of carbon nanoparticles accelerates the rapid recovery of parathyroid function during thyroid carcinoma surgery with central lymph node dissection: A retrospective cohort study.

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    Wang, Bin; Du, Zhi-Peng; Qiu, Nian-Cun; Liu, Miao-E; Liu, Sheng; Jiang, Dao-Zhen; Zhang, Wei; Qiu, Ming

    2016-12-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of carbon nanoparticles in identifying lymph nodes and promoting parathyroid gland function recovery after thyroid carcinoma surgery along with central lymph node dissection. A total of 231 patients who underwent thyroid carcinoma surgery combined with central lymph node dissection were divided into two groups: the CN group (intraoperative carbon nanoparticles injections) and the control group (no injection). Datas were collected respectively on the pre-operative, 1st, 7th and 30th postoperative days and monthly thereafter. While the pathological results (e.g. amount of incidental removed parathyroid glands and lymph nodes dissected), complications (e.g. rates of vocal cord paralysis, the neuromuscular symptoms, hypocalcemia and hypoparathyroidism), as well as follow-up outcomes of the serum Ca2+ and PTH levels were gathered and measured to be included in. In regard to the results of the pathological tests, the control group had a relatively higher incidence of incidental parathyroidectomy when compared to the CN group (P  0.05). Carbon nanoparticles play a key role in accurately identifying lymph nodes, reducing mistaken excision of parathyroid glands, accelerating rapid recovery of parathyroid function during thyroid carcinoma surgery with central lymph node dissection, without increasing the probability of postoperative complications. Copyright © 2016 IJS Publishing Group Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Intraoperative Sentinel Lymph Node Evaluation

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    Shaw, Richard; Christensen, Anders; Java, Kapil

    2016-01-01

    -ready" intraoperative diagnostic test (one step nucleic acid amplification-OSNA, sysmex). METHODS: Two cohorts were assembled: cohort 1, OSCC with stage and site that closely match cases suitable for sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB); cohort 2, HNSCC with sufficient fresh tumour tissue available for the OSNA assay (>50......BACKGROUND: Intraoperative analysis of sentinel lymph nodes would enhance the care of early-stage oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). We determined the frequency and extent of cytokeratin 19 (CK19) expression in OSCC primary tumours and surrounding tissues to explore the feasibility of a "clinic...

  12. 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.

  13. SENTINEL LYMPH NODES IN ENDOMETRIAL CANCER

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    A. I. Berishvili; O. V. Li; T. M. Kochoyan; N. V. Levkina; R. A. Kerimov; S. B. Polikarpova

    2017-01-01

    Endometrial cancer (EC) typically is treated surgically. Because of the adjuvant treatment implications, complete surgical staging including lymphadenectomy is recommended for high-risk ECs. Sentinel lymph node mapping has the potential to provide information about lymph node metastasis while avoiding potential complications of extended lymph node dissection.

  14. Isolated axillary lymph node tuberculosis in ultrasonography. A case report.

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    Ścieszka, Joanna; Urbańska-Krawiec, Dagmara; Kajor, Maciej; Stefański, Leszek

    2012-09-01

    We present a rare case of isolated axillary lymph node tuberculosis. A 66-year-old patient was admitted in order to perform the diagnostics of a painless tumor of the left armpit. Blood biochemistry tests and chest X-ray did not show any abnormalities. In the ultrasound examination a solid structure of the dimensions of 1.8×1 cm of irregular outline with adjacent hypoechogenic lymph nodes was visualized. The diagnosis of tuberculosis was based on histopathologic examination of the excised tumor. In the latter years an increase in extrapulmonary type of tuberculosis has been observed. Extrapulmonary tuberculosis may appear in practically each organ, nevertheless it affects pleura most often. Lymph node tuberculosis is the second, when it comes to the prevalence rate, type of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. In the majority of cases of lymph node tuberculosis it affects superficial lymph nodes. In the ultrasound examination a packet of pathological, enlarged and hypoechogenic lymph nodes is stated. In 1/3 of cases the central part of the nodes is hyperechogenic which indicates its caseation necrosis. Lymph nodes have a tendency to be matted and they have blurred outline. We observed this type of lymph node image in the presented patient. This image may be a diagnostic hint. Nevertheless, in the differentiation diagnostics one should take many other disease entities into consideration, inter alia: sarcoidosis, lymphomas, fungal infections, neoplastic metastases; the latter ones have an image most similar to tuberculosis lymph nodes. Tuberculosis ought to be considered in differential diagnosis of atypical masses.

  15. 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.

  16. 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. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. [Cervical lymph node tuberculosis: diagnosis and treatment].

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    Zaatar, R; Biet, A; Smail, A; Strunski, V; Page, C

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the advantages of surgery for diagnosis and treatment of cervical lymph node tuberculosis. This was a retrospective study from 1st January 1998 to 31st December 2007 including 30 patients with cervical lymph node tuberculosis. The population included 60% autochthones with a mean age of 47.1 years and a female predominance (73.33%). The lymph nodes were most often supraclavicular, unilateral, firm, and a mean 3 cm at its largest span. Lymph nodes were excised for diagnosis in 22 patients, which demonstrated specific granulomatous and giant cell lesions with caseous necrosis in 21 patients out of 22. Five abscessed adenopathies required surgical drainage, and three cases required repeated lymph node cleaning after well-conducted medical treatment. Surgery retains an important place in the diagnosis and treatment of cervical lymph node tuberculosis.

  18. Lymph-node Involvement in Tuberculoid Leprosy

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    R V Koranne

    1979-01-01

    Full Text Available Twenty two untreated cases, of proved tuberculoid leprosy and five healthy persons in the control group were studied histopathologically for involvement of the lymph nodes. 54 % (12 cases in the study group showed positive evidence of lymph node involvement. Ten patients (45.45% showed the presence of granuloma in the lymph nodes. Eight (36.36% had acid fast bacilli in the lymph nodes: six (75% of them had granulomas as well and in two cases (25% bacilli were present without granulomatous foci. There was no evidence of tuberculosis. In the control group none showed any pathology in the lymph nodes. In two cases, the leprous granuloma and bacilli were seen in lymph nodes which were outside lymphatic drainage area of the cutaneous lesions. 36.84% of these cases also showed evidence of leprous pathology in the liver.

  19. A mathematical model using computed tomography for the diagnosis of metastatic central compartment lymph nodes in papillary thyroid carcinoma

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    Liu, Tianrun [The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou (China); Su, Xuan; Chen, Weichao; Zheng, Lie; Li, Li; Yang, AnKui [Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou (China)

    2014-11-15

    The purpose of this study was to establish a potential mathematical model for the diagnosis of the central compartment lymph node (LN) metastases of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) using CT imaging. 303 patients with PTC were enrolled. We determined the optimal cut-off points of LN size and nodal grouping by calculating the diagnostic value of each cut-off point. Then, calcification, cystic or necrotic change, abnormal enhancement, size, and nodal grouping were analysed by univariate and multivariate statistical methods. The mathematical model was obtained using binary logistic regression analysis, and a scoring system was developed for convenient use in clinical practice. 30 mm{sup 2} for LNs area (size) and two LNs as the nodal grouping criterion had the best diagnostic value. The mathematical model was: p = e{sup y} /(1+ e {sup y}), y = -0.670-0.087 x size + 1.010 x cystic or necrotic change + 1.371 x abnormal enhancement + 0.828 x nodal grouping + 0.909 x area. We assigned the value for cystic or necrotic change, abnormal enhancement, size and nodal grouping value as 25, 33, 20, and 22, respectively, yielding a scoring system. This mathematical model has a high diagnostic value and is a convenient clinical tool. (orig.)

  20. 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.

  1. Contrast enhanced ultrasound of sentinel lymph nodes

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    XinWu Cui

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Sentinel lymph nodes are the first lymph nodes in the region that receive lymphatic drainage from a primary tumor. The detection or exclusion of sentinel lymph node micrometastases is critical in the staging of cancer, especially breast cancer and melanoma because it directly affects patient’s prognosis and surgical management. Currently, intraoperative sentinel lymph node biopsies using blue dye and radioisotopes are the method of choice for the detection of sentinel lymph node with high identification rate. In contrast, conventional ultrasound is not capable of detecting sentinel lymph nodes in most cases. Contrast enhanced ultrasound with contrast specific imaging modes has been used for the evaluation and diagnostic work-up of peripherally located suspected lymphadenopathy. The method allows for real-time analysis of all vascular phases and the visualization of intranodal focal “avascular” areas that represent necrosis or deposits of neoplastic cells. In recent years, a number of animal and human studies showed that contrast enhanced ultrasound can be also used for the detection of sentinel lymph node, and may become a potential application in clinical routine. Several contrast agents have been used in those studies, including albumin solution, hydroxyethylated starch, SonoVue®, Sonazoid® and Definity®. This review summarizes the current knowledge about the use of ultrasound techniques in detection and evaluation of sentinel lymph node.

  2. Sentinel lymph node identification with magnetic nanoparticles

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    Pouw, Joost Jacob

    2016-01-01

    Most solid malignancies have a tendency to spread through the lymphatic system to locoregional lymph nodes. Presence of metastasis is an important prognostic factor, and is used to determine the optimal treatment of the patient. The sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) receive direct lymphatic drainage from

  3. Lymph Node Yield in Primary Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection for Nonseminoma Germ Cell Tumors.

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    Nayan, Madhur; Jewett, Michael A S; Sweet, Joan; Anson-Cartwright, Lynn; Bedard, Philippe L; Moore, Malcolm; Chung, Peter; Warde, Padraig; Hamilton, Robert J

    2015-08-01

    The number of lymph nodes removed at surgery for various malignancies has diagnostic and prognostic value. However, there are limited data on the significance of the number of nodes removed at retroperitoneal lymph node dissection performed for testicular nonseminoma germ cell tumors. From 1979 to 2012 primary open retroperitoneal lymph node dissection was performed by a single experienced surgeon for clinical stage I/II testicular nonseminoma germ cell tumor in 157 patients. Node count was available in 111 cases (71%). Factors associated with total node count and nodes with viable cancer were assessed by linear regression. The association between node count and time to relapse was assessed by multivariate Cox proportional hazards models controlled for adjuvant chemotherapy. The median total lymph node count was 28 (IQR 19-38). Patient age, cancer laterality, body mass index, clinical stage, time from orchiectomy to retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, pathologist and lymph node dissection year were not associated with total lymph node count. A viable germ cell tumor was found in 70 patients (63%). Total node yield was not associated with nodal cancer metastasis. After lymph node dissection 17 patients (16%) received adjuvant chemotherapy. At a median 57-month followup 18 cases (17%) relapsed after primary retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. Increasing total node count was associated with a decreased risk of relapse on univariate and multivariate analysis (HR 0.96, 95% CI 0.92-0.99, p = 0.03 and HR 0.94, 95% CI 0.89-0.99, p = 0.017, respectively). No analyzed clinical or pathological variable was associated with the node yield of primary retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. However, there may be a relationship between the total node yield at retroperitoneal lymph node dissection and the risk of relapse. Copyright © 2015 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Selective sentinel lymph node biopsy in papillary thyroid carcinoma in patients with no preoperative evidence of lymph node metastasis.

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    González, Óscar; Zafon, Carles; Caubet, Enric; García-Burillo, Amparo; Serres, Xavier; Fort, José Manuel; Mesa, Jordi; Castell, Joan; Roca, Isabel; Ramón Y Cajal, Santiago; Iglesias, Carmela

    2017-10-01

    Lymphadenectomy is recommended during surgery for papillary thyroid carcinoma when there is evidence of cervical lymph node metastasis (therapeutic) or in high-risk patients (prophylactic) such as those with T3 and T4 tumors of the TNM classification. Selective sentinel lymph node biopsy may improve preoperative diagnosis of nodal metastases. To analyze the results of selective sentinel lymph node biopsy in a group of patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma and no evidence of nodal involvement before surgery. A retrospective, single-center study in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma and no clinical evidence of lymph node involvement who underwent surgery between 2011 and 2013. The sentinel node was identified by scintigraphy. When the sentinel node was positive, the affected compartment was removed, and when sentinel node was negative, central lymph node dissection was performed. Forty-three patients, 34 females, with a mean age of 52.3 (±17) years, were enrolled. Forty-six (27%) of the 170 SNs resected from 24 (55.8%) patients were positive for metastasis. In addition, 94 (15.6%) out of the 612 lymph nodes removed in the lymphadenectomies were positive for metastases. Twelve of the 30 (40%) low risk patients (cT1N0 and cT2N0) changed their stage to pN1, whereas 12 of 13 (92%) high risk patients (cT3N0 and cT4N0) changed to pN1 stage. Selective sentinel lymph node biopsy changes the stage of more than 50% of patients from cN0 to pN1. This confirms the need for lymph node resection in T3 and T4 tumors, but reveals the presence of lymph node metastases in 40% of T1-T2 tumors. Copyright © 2017 SEEN. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  5. 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......BACKGROUND: Extended histopathologic work-up has increased the detection of micrometastasis in sentinel lymph nodes in malignant melanoma and breast cancer. The aim of this study was to examine if (A) step-sectioning of the central 1000 microM at 250 microM levels with immunostaining were accurate...

  6. Axillary lymph node management in breast cancer with positive sentinel lymph node biopsy.

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    Voutsadakis, Ioannis A; Spadafora, Silvana

    2015-02-10

    The surgical treatment of localized breast cancer has become progressively less aggressive over the years. The management of the axillary lymph nodes has been modified by the introduction of sentinel lymph node biopsy. Axillary dissection can be avoided in patients with sentinel lymph node negative biopsies. Based on randomized trials data, it has been proposed that no lymph node dissection should be carried out even in certain patients with sentinel lymph node positive biopsies. This commentary discusses the basis of such recommendations and cautions against a general omission of lymph node dissection in breast cancer patients with positive sentinel lymph node biopsies. Instead, an individualized approach based on axillary tumor burden and biology of the cancer should be considered.

  7. Benign lymph node inclusions mimicking metastatic carcinoma.

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    Fisher, C. J.; Hill, S.; Millis, R. R.

    1994-01-01

    AIMS--To draw attention to non-neoplastic inclusions in axillary lymph nodes removed from women with primary breast cancer which may be mistaken for metastases. METHODS--Five examples of non-malignant inclusions were detected in axillary lymph nodes removed from women with mammary carcinoma. Immunohistochemical staining for CAM 5.2 and S100 markers, as well as morphological assessment were performed. RESULTS--Three of the five cases comprised naevus cells and two heterotopic epithelial elemen...

  8. Axillary recurrence after sentinel lymph node biopsy

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    van der Vegt, B; Doting, MHE; Jager, PL; Wesseling, J; de Vries, J

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) without further axillary dissection in patients with sentinel node-negative breast carcinoma appears to be a safe procedure to ensure locoregional control. During a median follow-up of 35 months the false-negative rate was 1% in our study population of 185 patients.

  9. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in prostate cancer; Die Waechterlymphknoten-(Sentinel-Lymph-Node-) Diagnostik beim Prostatakarzinom

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    Holl, Gabriele [Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Klinikum Augsburg (Germany); Weckermann, D.; Dorn, R.; Sciuk, J. [Urologische Klinik, Klinikum Augsburg (Germany)

    2010-09-15

    Since the latest revision of the guidelines on prostate cancer of the European Society of Urology sentinel lymph node biopsy is an acknowledged means of lymph node staging. We present our data on results in respect of sensitivity and false negative rate as well as on PSA free survival after SLNB. (orig.)

  10. Lymph node dissection in atypical endometrial hyperplasia.

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    Taşkın, Salih; Kan, Özgür; Dai, Ömer; Taşkın, Elif A; Koyuncu, Kazibe; Alkılıç, Ayşegül; Güngör, Mete; Ortaç, Fırat

    2017-09-01

    The rate of concomitant endometrial carcinoma in patients with atypical endometrial hyperplasia is high. We aimed to investigate the role of lymphadenectomy in deciding adjuvant treatment in patients with concomitant atypical endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial carcinoma. Women with atypical endometrial hyperplasia were enrolled in this retrospective study. Lymph node dissection was performed in only some patients who gave informed consent if their surgeon elected to do so, or if the intraoperative findings necessitated. The final histopathologic evaluations of surgical specimens were compared with endometrial biopsy results. Eighty eligible patients were evaluated. Seventy-two (90%) patients had complex hyperplasia with atypia, and 8 (10%) patients had simple hyperplasia with atypia. Hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy were performed to all patients; 37 also underwent lymph node dissection. Lymph node dissection was extended to the paraaortic region in 9 of 37 patients. The concomitant endometrial carcinoma rate was 50%. Two patients had lymph node metastasis. Among 40 cases of carcinoma, 17 had deep myometrial invasion and/or cervical or ovarian involvement or grade 2 tumors with superficial myometrial invasion on hysterectomy specimens; 27.5% of all carcinomas were stage Ib or higher. The concomitant endometrial carcinoma rate was high in patients with atypical endometrial hyperplasia. Nearly half of these patients had risk factors for extrauterine spread. Lymph node dissection might be helpful to decide adjuvant treatment.

  11. Simultaneous dual pathology in lymph node

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    Prakas Kumar Mandal

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available [Abstract] Tubercuous lymphadenitis and Non Hodgkins’ Lymphoma are common in India. As both diseases can occur in elderly persons there is a definite chance of co-existence of both diseases; but that coexistence has not been reported. Here we present a unique case in an elderly woman who had synchronous double pathology of tuberculosis (TB and Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma (DLBCL of the lymph nodes.     Key words:- lymph nodes, tuberculosis (TB, Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma (DLBCL.

  12. Research sheds light on lymph node mystery.

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    Researchers explain why so much HIV is found in the lymph nodes. The follicular dendritic cells act like flypaper to HIV and other pathogens. Once attracted, HIV is able to ambush critical immune cells, even in the presence of a vast excess of neutralizing antibodies. In the absence of follicular dendritic cells, similar quantities of neutralizing antibodies block HIV infectivity.

  13. Indications for cellular migration from the central nervous system to its draining lymph nodes in CD11c-GFP+ bone-marrow chimeras following EAE.

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    Schiefenhövel, Fridtjof; Immig, Kerstin; Prodinger, Carolin; Bechmann, Ingo

    2017-07-01

    The concept as to how the brain maintains its immune privilege has initially been based on observations that it is lacking classical lymph vessels and later, the absence of dendritic cells (DC). This view has been challenged by several groups demonstrating drainage/migration of injected tracers and cells into cervical lymph nodes (CLNs) and the presence of brain antigens in CLNs in the course of various brain pathologies. Using CD11c-diphtheria toxin receptor (DTR)-green fluorescent protein (GFP) transgenic (tg) mice, we have shown the existence of CD11c+ cells, a main DC marker, within the brain parenchyma. Since injecting tracers or cells may cause barrier artefacts, we have now transplanted wild type (wt)-bone marrow (BM) to lethally irradiated CD11c-DTR-GFP tg mice to restrict the CD11c-DTR-GFP+ population to the brain and induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). We observed ramified GFP+ cells in the olfactory bulb, the cribriform plate, the nasal mucosa and superficial CLNs. We measured a significant increase of host gfp genomic DNA (gDNA) levels in lymph nodes (LNs) previously described as draining stations for the central nervous system (CNS). Using flow cytometry analysis, we observed an increase of the percentage of CD11c-GFP+ cells in brain parenchyma in the course of EAE which is most likely due to an up-regulation of CD11c of resident microglial cells since levels of gfp gDNA did not increase. Our data supports the hypothesis that brain-resident antigen presenting cells (APC) are capable of migrating to CNS-draining LNs to present myelin-associated epitopes.

  14. Silicosis in Lymph Nodes: The Canary in the Miner?

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    Cox-Ganser, Jean M.; Burchfiel, Cecil M.; Fekedulegn, Desta; Andrew, Michael E.; Ducatman, Barbara S.

    2009-01-01

    Objectives To investigate evidence that lymph node silicosis can precede parenchymal silicosis. Methods The study population was comprised of 264 deceased male uranium miners for whom two or more of four pathologists agreed on the presence or absence of silicosis in lymph nodes and lung parenchyma. We had work-histories and silica exposure estimates. Results 20% of the miners had lymph node silicosis only, 4% had parenchymal silicosis only, and 39% had both. Silica exposure was lower for miners with lymph node silicosis only than for those with both lymph node and parenchymal silicosis. Lymph node silicosis was associated with parenchymal silicosis after adjustment for silica exposure. Conclusions Our results are consistent with silicosis potentially occurring in lymph nodes before the parenchyma. Lymph node damage could impair silica clearance and increase the risk for parenchymal silicosis. PMID:19209037

  15. Popliteal lymph node metastasis of tibial osteoblastic osteosarcoma

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    Yalın Dirik

    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.

  16. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in cutaneous melanoma.

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    Ribero, Simone; Sportoletti Baduel, Eugenio; Osella-Abate, Simona; Dika, Emi; Quaglino, Pietro; Picciotto, Franco; Macripò, Giuseppe; Bataille, Veronique

    2017-08-01

    The management of melanoma is constantly evolving. New therapies and surgical advances have changed the landscape over the last years. Since being introduced by Dr Donald Morton, the role of sentinel lymph node has been debated. In many melanoma centers, sentinel node biopsy is not a standard of care for melanoma above 1 mm in thickness. The results of the MSLT-II Trial are not available for a while and in the meantime, this procedure is offered as a prognostic indicator as it has been shown to be very useful for assessing risk of relapse. The biology of lymph node spread in melanoma is a complex field and there are many factors which influence it such as age, melanoma body site, thickness but other factors such as regression, ulceration and gender need further evaluation. In this review, we address the clinical value of sentinel lymph node biopsy and how its indication has changed over the years especially recently with the setup of many adjuvant trials which are offered to stage 3 melanomas.

  17. The movement of lymph in the system of lymph node-lymph vessel and its regulation

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    Myrzakhanov Nurken

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Background This article presents the results of studying the specific features (rat, pig, sheep, cow of spontaneous rhythmic contractile activity of the lymph nodes of internal organs and body, the role of intranode pressure in the genesis of a node reduction of the lymph nodes activity regulation under the influence of biologically active substances, and the drug immunal and feed additives – polfamix on spontaneous contractile activity of a lymphatic node. Aims So far, well researched are the thin structural-topographic formation and innervation of the lymph circulation machine, the main functions (drainage, immunological, protein transport, etc. of the lymphatic system are set, which ensure the preservation of endoecological homeostasis of the organism environments. Methods We used the technique of recording contractions of isolated solitary lymph nodes of the body and internal organs, placed in an oxygenized chamber with Krebs medium. Results We found a direct link between the spontaneous rhythmic contractile activity of a lymph node and its internal pressure. A direct relationship is established: the higher within certain limits micronodular pressure is, the more intense is the reduction node (r+0,879. Conclusion As well as giving data from the manuscript there will be presentation of the main points of lymph node’s values in the organism.

  18. Histopathological of lymph node biopsies in Lagos, South West ...

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    Lymph nodes are discrete ovoid lymphoid structures that are widely distributed throughout the body. Lymph node enlargement is a common clinical problem, and biopsies are usually undertaken to determine the cause of nodal enlargement. The aim of this study is to elucidate the pattern of lymph node biopsies seen in ...

  19. Lymph node imaging: multidetector CT (MDCT)

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    Silverman, Paul M

    2005-01-01

    Advances in cross-sectional imaging, including conventional and helical (spiral) CT and multidetector (MDCT) and MR imaging, now allow detailed evaluation of the anatomy and pathology of the neck and thoracic inlet. The major structures are identified by their appearance and that of contrasting fatty tissue planes surrounding the soft tissues. These structures include the larynx, trachea, thyroid, and parathyroid glands as well as the vessels, lymph node chains, nerves, and supporting muscles. A thorough understanding of the normal cross-sectional anatomy is fundamental to properly interpret pathologic processes. Pathologic processes include both solid and cystic masses. Most solid masses are enlarged lymph nodes. In contrast, cystic masses are of variable pathology, and their characteristic appearances and locations with respect to normal neck anatomy allow a confident diagnosis to be made from a brief differential diagnostic spectrum. PMID:16361138

  20. Morphology of the lymph nodes in bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) from the Adriatic Sea.

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    Vukovic, Snjezana; Lucić, H; Gomercić, H; Duras Gomercić, Martina; Gomercić, T; Skrtić, Darinka; Curković, Snjezana

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    Morphology of the lymph nodes was examined in six bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and three striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) from the Adriatic Sea. All animals had been found dead in nature. One group of the nodes was taken from the tracheal branching area and was marked as bifurcational lymph node, and the other group was taken from the mesenteric root and was marked as mesenteric lymph node. Microscopic analysis showed that the lymph nodes in both dolphin species were surrounded by a connective tissue capsule comprising smooth muscle cells. The parenchyma of the mesenteric and bifurcational lymph nodes in bottlenose dolphin was divided into the peripherally situated cortex with the lymphatic nodules and diffuse lymphatic tissue, and the centrally situated medulla structured of the medullary cords separated by the medullary sinuses. These lymph nodes structurally correspond to the lymph nodes in the majority of terrestrial mammals. The mesenteric lymph node of striped dolphin also had a peripherally situated cortex and a centrally positioned medulla as the majority of terrestrial mammals. In the bifurcational lymph nodes of striped dolphin, there was a central dense lymphatic tissue with the lymphatic nodules and a peripheral less dense lymphatic tissue structured of the cell cords and sinuses. The bifurcational lymph node in striped dolphin resembled porcine lymph nodes and belonged to the inverse lymph nodes.

  1. [Chronic meningitis associated with lymph node sarcoidosis].

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    Thielemans, P; Jann, E

    1989-01-01

    A 59-year-old woman with maturity-onset diabetes presented with symmetrical transient polyarthralgia and acido-cetosis. Bilateral hilar adenopathy and erythematous rash on lower limbs were demonstrated. While low-grade chronic meningeal irritation supervened, lymph node biopsy showed typical sarcoidosis. Administration of corticosteroids resulted in reduction of cerebrospinal fluid albumin content and of lymphocytosis in bronchoalveolar lavage. In this patient, sarcoidosis was therefore associated with Löfgren's syndrome and meningitis.

  2. Lymph Node Mapping in the Mouse

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    Harrell, Maria I; Iritani, Brian M.; Ruddell, Alanna

    2007-01-01

    Accurate identification of lymph nodes in the mouse is critical for studies of tumor metastasis, and of regional immune responses following immunization. However, these small lymphatic organs are often difficult to identify in mice using standard dissection techniques, so that larger rats have been used to characterize rodent lymphatic drainage. We developed techniques injecting dye into the mouse footpad or tail, to label the lymphatic drainage of the hind leg and flank, pelvic viscera, pros...

  3. Mistakes in ultrasound diagnosis of superficial lymph nodes

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    Jakubowski, Wiesław

    2017-01-01

    The article discusses basic mistakes that can occur during ultrasound imaging of superficial lymph nodes. Ultrasound is the first imaging method used in the diseases of superficial organs and tissues, including lymph nodes. The causes of mistakes can be either dependent or independent of the performing physician. The first group of mistakes includes inappropriate interpretation of images of anatomical structures, while the latter group includes, among other things, similar ultrasound images of different pathologies. For instance, a lymph node, whether normal or abnormal, may be mimicked by anatomical structures, such as a partially visible, compressed vein. Lymph nodes in lymphomas may be indistinguishable from reactive lymph nodes, even when using Doppler option, as well as morphologically difficult to distinguish from metastases. Metastatic lymph nodes can mimic e.g. nodular, separated postoperative thyroid fragments, a lateral neck cyst, chemodectoma (carotid body tumor) or neuroma. The appearance of lymph nodes in granulomatous diseases, such as tuberculosis or sarcoidosis, can be very similar to that of typical metastatic lymph nodes or lymphomas. Anechoic or hypoechoic areas in a lymph node can represent necrosis or metastatic hemorrhages, but also suppuration in inflamed lymph nodes. Lymph nodes in lymphomas, metastatic and reactive lymph nodes can adopt the classical characteristics of a simple cyst. The overall ultrasound picture along with all criteria for the assessment of a lymph node should be taken into account during ultrasound imaging. It seems that the safest management is to refer patients diagnosed with lymph node abnormalities for ultrasound-guided targeted fine needle aspiration biopsy followed by a total lymph node resection for histopathological examination in the case of suspected lymphoma. PMID:28439430

  4. Differential regulation of self-reactive CD4 T cells in cervical lymph nodes and central nervous system during viral encephalomyelitis

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    Carine Savarin

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Viral infections have long been implicated as triggers of autoimmune diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis (MS, a central nervous system (CNS inflammatory demyelinating disorder. Epitope spreading, molecular mimicry, cryptic antigen and bystander activation have been implicated as mechanisms responsible for activating self-reactive (SR immune cells, ultimately leading to organ-specific autoimmune disease. Taking advantage of coronavirus JHM strain of mouse hepatitis virus (JHMV induced demyelination, this study demonstrates that the host also mounts counteractive measures to specifically limit expansion of endogenous SR T cells. In this model, immune mediated demyelination is associated with induction of SR T cells after viral control. However, their decline during persisting infection, despite ongoing demyelination, suggests an active control mechanism.Antigen-specific IL-10 secreting CD4+ T cells (Tr1 and Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs, both known to control autoimmunity and induced following JHMV infection, were assessed for their relative in vivo suppressive function of SR T cells. Ablation of Foxp3+ Tregs in chronically infected DEREG mice significantly increased SR CD4+ T cells within cervical lymph nodes (CLN, albeit without affecting their numbers or activation within the CNS compared to controls. In contrast, infected IL-27 receptor deficient (IL-27R-/- mice, characterized by a drastic reduction of Tr1 cells, revealed that SR CD4+ T cells in CLN remained unchanged, but were specifically increased within the CNS. These results suggest that distinct regulatory T cell subsets limit SR T cells in the draining lymph nodes and CNS to maximize suppression of SR T cell mediated autoimmune pathology. The JHMV model is thus valuable to decipher tissue specific mechanisms preventing autoimmunity.

  5. Sarcoidal Granuloma in Cervical Lymph Nodes

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    Hsin-Chien Chen

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available Sarcoidosis is a multiorgan granulomatous disease, the most common head and neck manifestation of which is cervical lymphadenopathy. Only the presentation of sarcoidal granuloma in cervical lymph nodes without typical manifestations of systemic sarcoidosis poses a diagnostic difficulty. We describe the case of a 39-year-old male who had a 2-month history of a progressively increasing mass with soreness in his right neck. The biopsy from the neck mass demonstrated non-caseating epithelioid cell granuloma of the lymph nodes. The differential diagnoses of mycobacterial or fungal infections were excluded. Thoracic evaluations, including chest X-ray and high-resolution computed tomography, revealed no abnormal findings. Treatment with systemic corticosteroids resulted in improved clinical symptoms. No recurrence of the neck mass or other signs of systemic sarcoidosis were noted during 1.5 years of follow-up. Although our patient's definitive diagnosis could not be determined, the case highlights 2 important issues: sarcoidal granuloma in lymph nodes may be a precursor of sarcoidosis, even in the absence of pulmonary or other systemic involvement; and regular follow-up is recommended in such cases.

  6. 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...... prospectively analyzed, completely step sectioned, positive SLNs from 96 patients was examined using 3 theoretical protocols, evaluating respectively: (1) the 3 most central step sections only; (2) the 3 most peripheral step sections only; and (3) 3 step sections evenly distributed throughout the individual...

  7. [Extrapelvic sentinel lymph nodes in cervical cancer: a review].

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    Ouldamer, L; Marret, H; Acker, O; Barillot, I; Body, G

    2012-05-01

    To determine the frequency of extrapelvic sentinel lymph node in patients with cervical cancer. We performed systematic searches (Medline, Pubmed; up to April 2010) to determine the route of lymphatic spread in cervical cancer and to review results on extrapelvic sentinel lymph nodes. According to our search, 2.51% of detected sentinel lymph nodes in patients with cervical cancer were extrapelvic: 2% in the inguinal chain and 98% in the lower paraaortic area. The unusual localizations of sentinel lymph nodes impose to the gynaecologic surgeons to be hardened in performing lymph node dissection in all the territories potentially affected. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  8. Impact on survival of the number of lymph nodes resected in patients with lymph node-negative gastric cancer.

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    Chu, Xiaoyuan; Yang, Zhong-Fa

    2015-06-01

    Patients with lymph node-negative gastric cancer show a better overall survival rate than those who have a pathological lymph node-positive gastric cancer. But a large number of patients still develop recurrence. We aimed to explore the significant prognostic factors of lymph node-negative gastric cancer and determine how many lymph nodes should be removed. A total of 3103 patients who underwent radical operation are identified from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database. Standard survival methods and restricted multivariable Cox regression models were applied. The overall survival rate was significantly higher with an increasing number of negative lymph node resected. Among the 843 patients who had the exact T stage, the overall survival rate was significantly better in T3-4 group with more than 15 lymph nodes resected (P patients (P = 0.44). A further 25 more lymph nodes resection did not show additional survival benefits. Multivariate analysis of patients demonstrated that age, depth of tumor invasion, and the number of lymph nodes resected were the significant and independent prognostic factors. A lymphadenectomy with more than 15 lymph nodes removal should be performed for T3-4 lymph node-negative gastric cancer. But the survival benefit of a lymphadenectomy with more than 25 lymph nodes removal is disputed. And the further treatment should refer to the prognostic indicators.

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

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    Eguchi, Reiki; Yamada, Akiyoshi; Ueno, Keiko; Murata, Yoko [Tokyo Women`s Medical Coll. (Japan)

    1996-10-01

    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)

  10. Lymph node metastases: CT and MRI

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    Brekel, Michiel van den W.M. E-mail: mwm.vandenbrekel@azvu.nl

    2000-03-01

    Imaging is playing a major role in the assessment of cervical lymphadenopathy. In head and neck malignancies, imaging can be helpful for staging, and sometimes in differentiating different types of metastases, such as squamous cell carcinomas, non-hodgkins disease and thyroid carcinomas. This article on imaging of cervical lymph node metastases will describe both radiological and clinical aspects. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) are widely used for primary tumor and nodal imaging. However, very seldom these modalities have clinical consequences for the management of the neck, such as a wait-and-see policy if no nodes are depicted. This is caused by the limited accuracy of both modalities caused by the fallibility of radiologic criteria for metastases. Ultrasound (US) is hampered by similar morphologic criteria, and only US-guided fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) can offer additional cytologic criteria which are more reliable.

  11. The effect of colonoscopic tattooing on lymph node retrieval and sentinel lymph node mapping

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    Bartels, Sanne A. L.; van der Zaag, Edwin S.; Dekker, Evelien; Buskens, Christianne J.; Bemelman, Willem A.

    2012-01-01

    Background: In colorectal cancer (CRC), colonoscopic tattooing is performed to mark the tumor site before laparoscopic surgery. Objective: To determine whether colonoscopic tattooing can be used to refine staging accuracy by increasing the lymph node (LN) yield per specimen and to determine its

  12. 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.

  13. Critical Issues in Modelling Lymph Node Physiology

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    Dmitry Grebennikov

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we discuss critical issues in modelling the structure and function of lymph nodes (LNs, with emphasis on how LN physiology is related to its multi-scale structural organization. In addition to macroscopic domains such as B-cell follicles and the T cell zone, there are vascular networks which play a key role in the delivery of information to the inner parts of the LN, i.e., the conduit and blood microvascular networks. We propose object-oriented computational algorithms to model the 3D geometry of the fibroblastic reticular cell (FRC network and the microvasculature. Assuming that a conduit cylinder is densely packed with collagen fibers, the computational flow study predicted that the diffusion should be a dominating process in mass transport than convective flow. The geometry models are used to analyze the lymph flow properties through the conduit network in unperturbed- and damaged states of the LN. The analysis predicts that elimination of up to 60%–90% of edges is required to stop the lymph flux. This result suggests a high degree of functional robustness of the network.

  14. Primary tuberculosis of cystic duct lymph node.

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    Ghazanfar, Aamir; Asghar, Afifa; Khan, Naqeeb Ullah; Hassan, Iram

    2017-06-16

    Tuberculosis (TC) is very common and significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Isolated cystic duct lymph node TC cases without involvement of gallbladder are exceedingly rare. It is difficult to diagnose preoperatively because of lack of characteristic signs and symptoms of TC. We report a man aged 45 years who presented with right upper abdominal pain since 1week. It was associated with nausea and postprandial fullness. There was no evidence of jaundice and lymphadenopathy. Abdominal examination showed moderate right upper quadrant tenderness with positive Murphy's sign and splenomegaly but no signs of peritonism. Abdomen ultrasound revealed sludge in gallbladder, dilated pancreatic duct, coarse exotexture of liver, splenomegaly and no lymphadenopathy. He underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy; histological report showed chronic caseating granulomatous lymphadenitis with Langhans type of giant cells in lymph node near cystic duct with chronic cholecystitis of gallbladder. Standard antituberculosis therapy was given for 12 months. © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  15. Lymph Node Metastasis of Gastric Cancer

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    Seigo Kitano

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  16. Social temperament and lymph node innervation.

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    Sloan, Erica K; Capitanio, John P; Tarara, Ross P; Cole, Steve W

    2008-07-01

    Socially inhibited individuals show increased vulnerability to viral infections, and this has been linked to increased activity of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). To determine whether structural alterations in SNS innervation of lymphoid tissue might contribute to these effects, we assayed the density of catecholaminergic nerve fibers in 13 lymph nodes from seven healthy adult rhesus macaques that showed stable individual differences in propensity to socially affiliate (Sociability). Tissues from Low Sociable animals showed a 2.8-fold greater density of catecholaminergic innervation relative to tissues from High Sociable animals, and this was associated with a 2.3-fold greater expression of nerve growth factor (NGF) mRNA, suggesting a molecular mechanism for observed differences. Low Sociable animals also showed alterations in lymph node expression of the immunoregulatory cytokine genes IFNG and IL4, and lower secondary IgG responses to tetanus vaccination. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that structural differences in lymphoid tissue innervation might potentially contribute to relationships between social temperament and immunobiology.

  17. Clinical significance of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer

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    Deng, Jing-Yu; Liang, Han

    2014-01-01

    Gastric cancer, one of the most common malignancies in the world, frequently reveals lymph node, peritoneum, and liver metastases. Most of gastric cancer patients present with lymph node metastasis when they were initially diagnosed or underwent surgical resection, which results in poor prognosis. Both the depth of tumor invasion and lymph node involvement are considered as the most important prognostic predictors of gastric cancer. Although extended lymphadenectomy was not considered a survival benefit procedure and was reported to be associated with high mortality and morbidity in two randomized controlled European trials, it showed significant superiority in terms of lower locoregional recurrence and disease related deaths compared to limited lymphadenectomy in a 15-year follow-up study. Almost all clinical investigators have reached a consensus that the predictive efficiency of the number of metastatic lymph nodes is far better than the extent of lymph node metastasis for the prognosis of gastric cancer worldwide, but other nodal metastatic classifications of gastric cancer have been proposed as alternatives to the number of metastatic lymph nodes for improving the predictive efficiency for patient prognosis. It is still controversial over whether the ratio between metastatic and examined lymph nodes is superior to the number of metastatic lymph nodes in prognostic evaluation of gastric cancer. Besides, the negative lymph node count has been increasingly recognized to be an important factor significantly associated with prognosis of gastric cancer. PMID:24744586

  18. Proposing prognostic thresholds for lymph node yield in clinically lymph node-negative and lymph node-positive cancers of the oral cavity.

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    Kuo, Phoebe; Mehra, Saral; Sosa, Julie A; Roman, Sanziana A; Husain, Zain A; Burtness, Barbara A; Tate, Janet P; Yarbrough, Wendell G; Judson, Benjamin L

    2016-12-01

    Prognostic lymph node yield thresholds have been identified and incorporated into treatment guidelines for multiple cancer sites, but not for oral cancer. The objective of this study was to identify optimal thresholds in elective and therapeutic neck dissection for oral cavity cancers. Patients with oral cavity cancers in the National Cancer Database (NCDB) were stratified into clinically lymph node-negative (cN0) and clinically lymph node-positive (cN+) cohorts to reflect the differing surgical management for these diseases. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to assess the relation between lymph node yield and overall survival, adjusting for other prognostic factors. Thresholds derived from the NCDB were validated in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database. In patients with cN0 cancers of the oral cavity from the NCDB, those who had cancers from SEER, with a mortality hazard ratio of 0.825 for ≥ 16 lymph nodes (95% confidence interval, 0.764-0.950; P = .004). In patients with cN + oral cavity cancers from the NCDB, groups with cancers from SEER, with a mortality hazard ratio of 0.791 (95% confidence interval, 0.692-0.903; P = .001). Academic centers, higher volume centers, and geographic location predicted higher lymph node yields. More extensive neck dissection (≥16 lymph nodes in cN0, ≥ 26 lymph nodes in cN+) was associated with better survival. Further evaluation of practice patterns in lymph node yield may represent an opportunity for improved quality of care. Cancer 2016;122:3624-31. © 2016 American Cancer Society. © 2016 American Cancer Society.

  19. Is Full Lymph Node Removal Always Needed for Melanoma?

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    ... The findings may help clear up decades of debate regarding how best to employ lymph node removals, ... node removal surgery is still the standard, despite debate as to whether it's of significant benefit. To ...

  20. SENTINEL LYMPH NODE CONCEPT IN DIFFERENTIATED THYROID CANCER

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    Markovic Ivan

    2014-12-01

    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.

  1. Lymph node mapping with carbon nanoparticles and the risk factors of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer.

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    Wang, Hui; Chen, Man-Man; Zhu, Guang-Sheng; Ma, Mao-Guang; Du, Han-Song; Long, Yue-Ping

    2016-12-01

    The study aimed to examine the applicability of carbon nanoparticles as a tracer for lymph node mapping and the related factors of lymph node and No.8p subgroup metastasis in patients with gastric cancer. Clinical data of 50 patients with gastric cancer, who had not received treatment preoperatively and underwent gastrectomy in Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Wuhan Union Hospital, between October 2014 and August 2015, were retrospectively analyzed. These patients were found to have no distant metastasis preoperatively. Thirty-five out of 50 patients were subjected to lymphatic mapping technique using carbon nanoparticles as the tracer, and the rest 15 cases did not experience the lymphatic mapping and served as controls. The sensitivity, specificity, false positive rate and false negative rate were calculated according to the number of lymph nodes, and the staining and metastasis condition of lymph nodes. The diagnostic value of carbon nanoparticles on metastatic lymph nodes was evaluated. The relationship between the metastasis of lymph nodes or subgroup No.8p lymph nodes and clinicopathologic features was analyzed by χ(2)-test or Fisher's exact test. All patients underwent D2 surgery (lymph node dissection including all the group 1 and group 2 nodes) plus the dissection of the subgroup No.8p lymph nodes. It was found that the average number of harvested lymph nodes in lymphatic mapping technique group (45.7±14.5) was greater than that in control group (39.2±11.7), but the difference was not significantly different (P=0.138>0.05). The success rate, the accuracy, sensitivity, specificity and false negative rate was 97%, 57%, 28%, 62% and 72% respectively. The metastasis of lymph nodes was correlated to the depth of cancer invasion (T stage) (P=0.004nanoparticles failed to show good selectivity for metastatic lymph nodes; the result of lymphatic mapping does not achieve a satisfactory performance; the incidence of lymph node metastasis may increase

  2. [Anatomy and histology characteristics of lymph node in nude mice].

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    Sun, R; Gao, B; Guo, C B

    2017-10-18

    To compare the differences of anatomical and histological characteristics of lymph nodes between BALB/c nude mice and BALB/c mice. Firstly, twenty BALB/c nude mice and twenty BALB/c mice were dissected by using a surgical microscope. Secondly, the differences of T cells and B cells at the lymph node were compared by the expressions of CD 3 and CD 20 immunohistochemistry dyes. There were, on average, 23 nodes per mouse contained within the large lymph node assembly in the BALB/c nude mouse. The anatomical features of the lymph node distribution in the nude mice were mainly found in the neck with relatively higher density. There were two lymph nodes both in the submandible lymph nodes group and in the superficial cervical lymph nodes group (the constituent ratios were 95% and 90%, respectively) in the BALB/c nude mice, but there were four lymph nodes (the constituent ratios were 95% and 90%, respectively) in the BALB/c mice. There were significant difference between the BALB/c nude mice and the BALB/c mice. Mostly there were two lymph nodes of deep cervical lymph nodes both in the BALB/c nude mice and the BALB/c mice (the constituent ratios were 95% and 100%, respectively). There were no significant difference between the BALB/c nude mice and the BALB/c mice. We confirmed that the number of CD 3 -positive T lymphocytes in lymph nodes of the nude mice decreased greatly as compared with the BALB/c mice. Expressions of CD3 in T cells were 95% and 100% in the BALB/c nude mice and in the BALB/c mice, respectively. There were significant differences between the BALB/c nude mice and the BALB/c mice. Expressions of CD20 in B cells were 95% and 100% in the BALB/c nude mice and in the BALB/c mice, respectively. There was no significant difference between the BALB/c nude mice and BALB/c mice. The anatomical pictures of lymph node distribution in the nude mouse will be benefit to those who are interested. The anatomical features of the lymph node local higher density in neck of

  3. Gene expression profiling in lymph node-positive and lymph node-negative colorectal cancer.

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    Kwon, Hyuk-Chan; Kim, Sung-Hyun; Roh, Mee-Sook; Kim, Jae-Seok; Lee, Hyung-Sik; Choi, Hong-Jo; Jeong, Jin-Sook; Kim, Hyo-Jin; Hwang, Tae-Ho

    2004-02-01

    To identify the genes involved in the carcinogenesis and progression of colorectal cancer, we analyzed the gene-expression profiles of colorectal cancer cells from 12 tumors with corresponding noncancerous colonic epithelia using a cDNA microarray representing 4,08 genes. We classified both samples and genes by using a two-way clustering analysis and identified genes that were differentially expressed in the cancerous and noncancerous tissues. Genes associated with lymph node metastasis were identified by means of the supervised learning technique. Differentially expressed genes (77 up-regulated and 45 down-regulated genes) were identified in more than 75 percent of the tumors. The functional categories of these genes belonged to signal transduction (19 percent), metabolism (17 percent), cell structure/motility (14 percent), cell cycle (13 percent), and gene protein expression (13 percent). The gene expression pattern of reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results from randomly selected genes shows a pattern similar to that of cDNA microarray. Moreover, the gene expression patterns observed were similar to those reported previously, suggesting rare racial differences. Sixty genes possibly associated with lymph node metastasis in colorectal cancer were selected on the basis of clinicopathological data obtained by performing signal-to-noise calculations. "Leave-one-out" cross-validation testing correctly classified 10 of 12 patients (83.3 percent) as having colorectal cancer with lymph node metastasis vs. those without metastasis. These results provide not only a new molecular basis for understanding the biologic properties of colorectal cancer, including lymph node metastasis, but also provide a resource for future development of therapeutic targets and diagnostic markers for colorectal cancer.

  4. Most frequent location of the sentinel lymph nodes

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    Chiao Lo

    2014-07-01

    Conclusion: The area between these four landmarks is the most frequent location of the sentinel lymph node identified using the radioisotope method. We suggest that this area should be carefully evaluated preoperatively by ultrasound for appropriate surgical planning. A skin incision in this area is also recommended when sentinel lymph node dissection is guided by blue dye.

  5. 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...

  6. 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

  7. Mediastinal lymph node tuberculosis in an adult: a case report

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    Alireza Emami Naeini; Abdolali Foroozmehr; Abbas Tabatabae

    2006-01-01

    Mediastinal lymph node enlargement is an uncommon feature of intrathoracic tuberculosis in adults, whereas it is the rule in primary tuberculosis in children. Herein, we report a 56–year-old female with three-year history of non-productive cough, which was diagnosed as mediastinal lymph node tuberculosis.

  8. ORIGINAL ARTICLES Sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer ...

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    Jenny Edge, Athar Nizami, Judith Whittaker, Robert Mansel. Background. Sentinel lymph node biopsy ... Department of Surgery, Cardiff University, UK. Robert Mansel, MB BS, MRCS, LRCP, MS ..... Lucci A, Keleman P, Miller C, Chardkoft L, Wilson Li National practice patterns of sentinel lymph node dissection for breast ...

  9. Internal mammary sentinel lymph node biopsy: abandon or persist?

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    Qiu PF

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Peng-Fei Qiu, Yan-Bing Liu, Yong-Sheng Wang Breast Cancer Center, Shandong Cancer Hospital and Institute, Jinan, Shandong, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Although the 2009 American Joint Committee on Cancer incorporated the internal mammary sentinel lymph node biopsy (IM-SLNB concept, there has been little change in surgical practice patterns due to the low visualization rate of internal mammary sentinel lymph nodes with the traditional injection technique. Meanwhile, as internal mammary lymph nodes (IMLN metastases are mostly found concomitantly with axillary lymph nodes (ALN metastases, previous IM-SLNB clinical trials fail to evaluate the status of IMLN in patients who are really in need (only in clinically ALN negative patients. Our modified injection technique (periareolar intraparenchymal, high volume, and ultrasonographic guidance significantly improved the visualization rate of internal mammary sentinel lymph nodes, making the routine IM-SLNB possible in daily practice. IM-SLNB could provide individual minimally invasive staging, prognosis, and decision-making for breast cancer patients, especially for patients with clinically positive ALN. Moreover, IMLN radiotherapy should be tailored and balanced between the potential benefit and toxicity, and IM-SLNB-guided IMLN radiotherapy could achieve this goal. In the era of effective adjuvant therapy, within the changing treatment approach – more systemic therapy, less loco-regional therapy – clinicians should deliberate the application of regional IMLN therapy. Keywords: breast cancer, internal mammary lymph node, axillary lymph node, sentinel lymph node biopsy 

  10. [Cervical lymph node tuberculosis in Libreville: epidemiology, diagnosis, and therapy].

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    Mouba, John Florent; Miloundja, Jérôme; Mimbila-Mayi, Mylène; Ndjenkam, Florent Tchouansi; N'zouba, Léon

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    To analyse the epidemiological, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of cervical lymph node tuberculosis (TB) in Libreville. This retrospective descriptive multicentre study included all 140 patients with complete files who were treated for cervical lymph node TB from 2001 through 2006, regardless of whether TB was found at any other site. A slight predominance of men was observed. The infected lymph nodes were most often located at the posterior triangle of the neck. Histological proof was obtained for 81 patients. We recorded 94 cures, 4 cases of therapeutic failure, 34 patients lost to follow-up and 8 deaths. Cervical lymph node tuberculosis is a common ailment. Excisional lymph node biopsy has a twofold interest -therapeutic and diagnostic. It is based on histological examination, which must henceforth be systematic. Tuberculosis is a major HIV-related opportunistic infection and must be screened for or monitored at every HIV check-up.

  11. [Computed tomography of the soft tissues of the neck. Lymph node metastases and their differential diagnosis. I. Methods and the principal CT criteria for lymph node metastases].

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    Lenz, M

    1990-06-01

    Standardisation of the examination method is imperative to guarantee reproducible and valid assessability of the cervical lymph node status. To this end, update high-resolution CT equipment of the third generation will be suitable, provided it meets certain minimum requirements, such as: 120 kV, 280 mAs, 480 projections over 360 degrees, 4-5 mm slice thickness, continuous tomography. If a primary tumour is known to exist, no plain examination is needed. The decisive examination is effected after intravenous administration of contrast medium in a dosage of 2.0-2.5 ml contrast medium/kg body weight (assuming a body weight of 70 kg, this would amount to 150 ml = 45 g iodine), one-third of the total dosage to be given as bolus and two-thirds as a rapid infusion. This procedure ensures sharp definition of lymph nodes against vessels and musculature over the entire period of examination. If tumour anamnesis has been established the size of the lymph node is significant for assessing the lymph node status. Even lymph node metastases less than 15 mm can be properly identified if the structure of the lymph nodes is known and employed as a criterion (central hypodensity with rim enhancement, inhomogeneity).

  12. Breast Cancer Metastasis to the Axillary Lymph Nodes: Are Changes to the Lymph Node “Soil” Localized or Systemic?

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    Heather L Blackburn

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    Full Text Available Metastasis is a multistep process that is not well understood. Colonization of a secondary organ requires specific molecular alterations of the host microenvironment. To determine the temporal and spatial changes associated with metastatic dissemination to the axillary lymph nodes, gene expression profiles were compared between histologically normal lymph nodes from node-positive patients and tumor-free nodes from node-negative patients. Using a stringent false discovery rate correction (<0.05 for multiple hypothesis testing, we did not detect any differentially expressed genes between the lymph node groups. Thus, the presence of metastatic cells within the lymphatic system does not elicit widespread changes in gene expression through the axillary basin; rather, lymph nodes independently respond to disseminated tumor cells.

  13. 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

  14. [Multiple myeloma (IgG-kappa) infiltrating central nervous system, lymph nodes, liver, and kidneys, and with elevation of IgE].

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    Toyota, Shigeo; Nakamura, Norihiko; Dan, Kazuo

    2004-05-01

    A 63-year-old man was admitted because of general malaise, fever, headache, generalized lymphadenopathy and hepatomegaly in July 2002. He was diagnosed as having multiple myeloma (MM) (IgG-kappa type) with atypical plasma cells in the bone marrow, lymph nodes and cerebrospinal fluid. Systemic and intrathecal chemotherapy were effective. Because of an increase of polyclonal IgE, electrophoretic patterns revealed an M-peak which was not as sharp as that in IgG myeloma. IgE production is not impaired by the pathologic process in MM patients.

  15. Does sentinel lymph node biopsy have a role in node- positive head ...

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    lymph nodes (SLNs) detected on lymphoscintigraphy were marked on the skin using a radioactive tracer. In the operating theatre and after induction of general anaesthesia, 1 - 2 ml of methylene blue dye was injected into the mucosa and submucosa surrounding. Does sentinel lymph node biopsy have a role in node-.

  16. Non-sentinel lymph node metastases associated with isolated breast cancer cells in the sentinel node.

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    Deurzen, C.H. van; Boer, M. de; Monninkhof, E.M.; Bult, P.; Wall, E. van der; Tjan-Heijnen, V.C.; Diest, P.J. van

    2008-01-01

    There are many reports on the frequency of non-sentinel lymph node involvement when isolated tumor cells are found in the sentinel node, but results and recommendations for the use of an axillary lymph node dissection differ among studies. This systematic review was conducted to give an overview of

  17. 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

  18. Lymph node inspired computing: towards holistic immune system inspired algorithms for human-engineered complex systems

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    Banerjee, Soumya

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    The immune system is a distributed decentralized system that functions without any centralized control. The immune system has millions of cells that function somewhat independently and can detect and respond to pathogens with considerable speed and efficiency. Lymph nodes are physical anatomical structures that allow the immune system to rapidly detect pathogens and mobilize cells to respond to it. Lymph nodes function as: 1) information processing centers, and 2) a distributed detection and ...

  19. LIGHT regulates inflamed draining lymph node hypertrophy

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    Zhu, Mingzhao; Yang, Yajun; Wang, Yugang; Wang, Zhongnan; Fu, Yang-Xin

    2011-01-01

    Lymph node (LN) hypertrophy, the increased cellularity of LNs, is the major indication of the initiation and expansion of the immune response against infection, vaccination, cancer or autoimmunity. The mechanisms underlying LN hypertrophy remain poorly defined. Here, we demonstrate that LIGHT (TNFSF14) is a novel factor essential for LN hypertrophy after CFA immunization. Mechanistically, LIGHT is required for the influx of lymphocytes into but not egress out of LNs. In addition, LIGHT is required for DC migration from the skin to draining LNs. Compared with WT mice, LIGHT−/− mice express lower levels of chemokines in skin and addressins in LN vascular endothelial cells after CFA immunization. We unexpectedly observed that LIGHT from radioresistant rather than radiosensitive cells, likely Langerhans cells, is required for LN hypertrophy. Importantly, antigen-specific T cell responses were impaired in DLN of LIGHT−/− mice, suggesting the importance of LIGHT regulation of LN hypertrophy in the generation of an adaptive immune response. Collectively, our data reveal a novel cellular and molecular mechanism for the regulation of LN hypertrophy and its potential impact on the generation of an optimal adaptive immune response. PMID:21572030

  20. Melanoma staging and sentinel lymph node biopsy.

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    Forsea, Ana-Maria

    2010-01-01

    Tumor staging of melanoma is a crucial step for estimating patient prognosis, deciding on therapy approach, and efficient collection, analysis, comparison and communication of scientific data across borders and research groups. Recently, the Melanoma Staging Committee of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has proposed a revision of the widely used melanoma staging system, using an evidence-based approach, to reflect the improved understanding of this disease. Important adjustments were made related to the role of mitotic rate as a prognostic factor, definition of N category and classification of all microscopic nodal metastases, regardless of the extent of tumor burden, and specifically including micrometastases detected by immunohistochemistry as stage III. These revisions are to be implemented by early 2010 and are likely to be adopted and incorporated in international guidelines. Within the updated AJCC staging system, sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) remains a standard-of-care diagnostic procedure, widely accepted as an important prognostic tool. According to current recommendations, SLNB is routinely offered as a staging procedure in patients with tumors more than 1 mm in thickness. Beyond its prognostic value, the therapeutic benefit of this procedure in improving overall survival yet remains to be proven. This article reviews and discusses the new aspects and challenges of the current staging recommendations for melanoma.

  1. Extended lymph node dissection in robotic radical prostatectomy: Current status

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    Sameer Chopra

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The role and extent of extended pelvic lymph node dissection (ePLND during radical prostatectomy (RP for prostate cancer patients remains unclear. Materials and Methods: A PubMed literature search was performed for studies reporting on treatment regimens and outcomes in patients with prostate cancer treated by RP and extended lymph node dissection between 1999 and 2013. Results: Studies have shown that RP can improve progression-free and overall survival in patients with lymph node-positive prostate cancer. While this finding requires further validation, it does allow urologists to question the former treatment paradigm of aborting surgery when lymph node invasion from prostate cancer occurred, especially in patients with limited lymph node tumor infiltration. Studies show that intermediate- and high-risk patients should undergo ePLND up to the common iliac arteries in order to improve nodal staging. Conclusions: Evidence from the literature suggests that RP with ePLND improves survival in lymph node-positive prostate cancer. While studies have shown promising results, further improvements and understanding of the surgical technique and post-operative treatment are required to improve treatment for prostate cancer patients with lymph node involvement.

  2. Predictors for lymph nodes involvement in low risk endometrial cancer.

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    Kadan, Yfat; Calvino, Abdul Saied; Katz, Andrew; Katz, Steven; Moore, Richard G

    2017-05-01

    Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and BMI were examined as pre-operative predictors for lymph node metastases in patients with low-risk endometrial cancer. The study was a retrospective analysis of 534 endometrial cancer patients that underwent hysterectomy and lymph node dissection. Included subjects had a preoperative diagnosis of a grade 1 or 2 endometrioid carcinoma and no macroscopic extrauterine disease. We compared node-negative to node-positive patients to identify correlates of node-positive disease. The node-positive group presented with lower BMI than the node-negative group, 31.5 and 34.4, respectively (p = .03). The mean NLR was higher in the node-positive group 3.4 vs 2.9 (p = .08), showing a trend towards significance on univariate analysis. On multivariate analysis, lower BMI was found to be an independent predictor for nodal metastasis. Our data suggest that lower BMI is a risk factor for lymph nodes involvement in low-risk endometrial cancer. Impact statement Most endometrial cancer patients have low-risk disease with low risk for lymph nodes metastasis. In order to reduce the number of patients that will undergo unnecessary lymph node dissection, different types of preoperative predictors for lymph node involvement were studied. CA 125 and different imaging modalities were found as useful predictors for more advanced disease. Less studied predictors are the systemic inflammatory response markers and patient's BMI. This study suggests that lower BMI is a risk factor for lymph node involvement in low-risk endometrial cancer. The neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio was close to significance as a predictor for lymph node involvement. In practice, physicians might favour comprehensive lymph node dissection when there is a doubt regarding the procedure but the patient is lean. The study's conclusion can be utilised for triaging patients to general gynaecologist vs gynaecologic oncologist. Further research should focus on combining predictors such as

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

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    Syeda Tasfia Siddika

    2012-07-01

    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

  4. Does obesity impact lymph node retrieval in colon cancer surgery?

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    Linebarger, Jared H; Mathiason, Michelle A; Kallies, Kara J; Shapiro, Stephen B

    2010-10-01

    Evaluation of lymph nodes is important for the optimal treatment of colon adenocarcinoma. Few studies have assessed whether lymph node harvest is compromised by obesity. We hypothesized that lymph node retrieval in colon cancer resection would be reduced in obese patients. Patients undergoing resection for colon adenocarcinoma diagnosed from 2000 to 2007 were reviewed retrospectively and stratified by body mass index (BMI). Lymph node harvest was evaluated. A total of 401 patients were included. Their mean age was 72.8 years, and 44% were men. Their mean BMI was 28.2 kg/m(2). Mean lymph node recovery among BMI groups was as follows: BMI less than 18.5 was 20.6; BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 was 25.1; BMI of 25 to 29.9 was 23.1; BMI of 30 to 34.9 was 22.4; BMI of 35 to 39.9 was 19.0; and BMI of 40 or greater was 21.1 nodes (P = .321). Surgical time increased with increasing BMI (P = .005). Adequacy of node harvest differed by stage (P = .007), left-sided versus right-sided resections (P = .001), and pathology technician (P = .001). Lymph node retrieval was not affected by BMI. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. The role of lymph node sinus macrophages in host defense.

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    Kuka, Mirela; Iannacone, Matteo

    2014-06-01

    Strategically positioned along lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes act as filter stations preventing systemic pathogen dissemination; they are primary sites of innate immune responses and provide the staging grounds for the generation of adaptive immunity. Critical mediators of these lymph node functions are two phenotypically and functionally distinct subsets of macrophages: the subcapsular sinus macrophages and the medullary macrophages. This review focuses on the phenotype and function of these lymph node sinus-resident macrophages and summarizes methods for their proper identification and experimental manipulation. © 2014 New York Academy of Sciences.

  6. CT features of intrapulmonary lymph nodes confirmed by cytology.

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    Shaham, Dorith; Vazquez, Madeline; Bogot, Naama R; Henschke, Claudia I; Yankelevitz, David F

    2010-01-01

    We retrospectively assessed the computed tomography features of intrapulmonary lymph nodes confirmed by cytology in 18 patients. The median size of the lymph nodes was 5.8 mm (range=3.3-8.5 mm). All were below the carina, and only one nodule, which was associated with an interlobar fissure, was over 20 mm from the chest wall. The nodules were oval, round, triangular, or trapezoidal; had sharply defined borders; were solid and homogenous; and were without calcification. Six nodules (33.3%) had a discrete thin tag extending to the pleura. Intrapulmonary lymph nodes can reliably be confirmed by fine needle aspiration with cytological diagnosis.

  7. Metastasis in the subcarinal lymph node with unknown primary tumor

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    Eckardt, J.; Olsen, K. E.; Petersen, H.

    2011-01-01

    A 59-year-old man with previous anaplastic large cell T-cell lymphoma stage 3A was admitted with an isolated positron emission tomography(PET)-positive spot in a subcarinal lymph node. Diagnosis was achieved with endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration demonstrating a well-differen...... an inoperable metastasis in a subcarinal lymph node which infiltrated the trachea, esophagus and aorta. Such isolated squamous cell carcinoma in a subcarinal lymph node without a primary tumor despite invasive work-up has not been reported before....

  8. Lymph node retrieval rates in melanoma: a quality assessment parameter.

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    Berger-Richardson, D; Cordeiro, E; Ernjakovic, M; Easson, A M

    2017-08-01

    Regional lymph node dissection (rlnd) for melanoma with nodal metastasis is a specialized procedure that is associated with improved disease-specific survival in selected patients. Furthermore, there is evidence that a higher lymph node retrieval rate (lnrr) is associated with improved local control. Currently, no consensus has been reached on the definition of an adequate lnrr. A minimum lnrr has been proposed as a quality assessment parameter that has to be validated. We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (University Health Network, Toronto, ON). The lnrrs for all patients who underwent rlnd for malignant cutaneous melanoma during 2000-2010 were recorded. Indications for rlnd were a positive sentinel lymph node biopsy or clinical lymphadenopathy (palpable or radiologically detected). Of the 207 identified rlnds, 146 (70.5%) were subsequent to a positive sentinel lymph node biopsy, and 61 (29.5%) were performed for clinical lymphadenopathy. The median lnrr was 24 nodes (range: 9-47 nodes; 10th percentile: 14 nodes) for axillary rlnd, 12 nodes (range: 5-30 nodes; 10th percentile: 8 nodes) for inguinal rlnd, and 16 nodes (range: 10-21 nodes; 10th percentile: 11 nodes) for ilioinguinal rlnd. The results were similar when comparing patients with positive sentinel lymph nodes and those with clinical lymphadenopathy, and the same surgical techniques were used in both groups. The lnrrs at our institution are similar to rates reported at other tertiary-care melanoma centres. A minimum acceptable lnrr can be considered a quality assessment parameter in the surgical management of melanoma with nodal metastasis.

  9. 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.

  10. Accidental visualization of mesenteric lymph nodes by bipedal lymphography

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    Bastholt, L.; Pfeiffer, P.

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    A case is presented of mesenteric lymph nodes filling accidentally by bipedal lymphography. The radiographs were interpreted erroneously as pathologic; consequently the patient was treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The correct diagnosis was made later by explorative laparotomy.

  11. Lymph node dissection for gastric cancer: a critical review

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    Batista, Thales Paulo; Martins, Mário Rino

    2012-01-01

    Gastric cancer is one of the most common neoplasms and an important cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Efforts to reduce its high mortality rates are currently focused on multidisciplinary management. However, surgery remains a cornerstone in the management of patients with resectable disease. There is still some controversy as to the extent of lymph node dissection for potentially curable stomach cancer. Surgeons in eastern countries favor more extensive lymph node dissection, whereas those in the West favor less extensive dissection. Thus, extent of lymph node dissection remains one of the most hotly discussed aspects of gastric surgery, particularly because most stomach cancers are now often comprehensively treated by adding some perioperative chemotherapy or chemo-radiation. We provide a critical review of lymph nodes dissection for gastric cancer with a particular focus on its benefits in a multimodal approach. PMID:25992202

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Epitrochlear lymph node metastases from invasive ductal breast cancer

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    Kumar Pavan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Metastasis to an epitrochlear lymph node from a primary invasive breast cancer has not been reported earlier. We report a case of epitrochlear lymph node metastasis that presented 10 years after the primary breast malignancy had been treated with radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy. The patient was successfully treated and continues to remain asymptomatic more than 2 years after she presented with the metastasis.

  15. Spontaneous chylothorax revealing a mediastinal and abdominal lymph node tuberculosis.

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    Amar, Jihen Ben; Zaibi, Haifa; Dahri, Besma; Aouina, Hichem

    2017-04-01

    Chylothorax is a rare manifestation of tuberculosis. We report a case of spontaneous chylothorax due to tuberculosis. A 62-year-old woman was admitted with fever, chest pain and dyspnea. Chest and abdominal computed tomography revealed a fluid collection with necrotic mediastinal and abdominal lymph nodes. Biopsy of lymph nodes by mediastinoscopy. The patient was treated with anti-tuberculosis medication. He is clinically improved and his pleural effusion also completely resolved. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  16. Hemosiderin: a new marker for sentinel lymph node identification.

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    Pinheiro, Luiz Gonzaga Porto; Oliveira Filho, Renato Santos de; Vasques, Paulo Henrique Diógenes; Filgueira, Pedro Henrique de Oliveira; Aragão, Douglas Henning Pinheiro; Barbosa, Pedro Macedo Esmeraldo; Beserra, Hugo Enrique Orsini; Cavalcante, Raissa Vasconcelos

    2009-01-01

    To evaluate and present our initial results of a new marker (hemosiderin) for mammary sentinel lymph node identification in an experimental model. Skins mapped like a lymphatic duct draining to the axilla in patients submitted to breast biopsy, in our mastology service, stimulated us to try it in an animal model (female dogs). Our theory was that some blood derivate (hemosiderin) was captured by macrophages and accessed the lymphatic ducts in direction to the axilla. Six female dogs of no defined race were studied. We injected 0,2 ml of technetium on both superior mammary glands. After ten minutes, a 2,5 ml solution of hemolized blood (hemosiderin) from the own animal was injected in the subareolar lymphatic plexus on the left superior mammary gland and 2,5 ml of patent blue concomitantly and equally on the contralateral gland. Ten minutes after, incisions on both axillae were made to search, through the lymphatic mapping and a gamma probe, the sentinel lymph nodes. Seven brown sentinel lymph nodes were identified and also radiomarked on the left axilla. Six blue sentinel lymph nodes were identified and also radiomarked on the right axilla. Preliminary studies of a potential new dye for sentinel lymph node identification are presented. It may be the change of the current use of the blue dyes and their severe side-effects on patients submitted to sentinel lymph node biopsies.

  17. Granulocytic sarcoma presenting with necrotic cervical lymph nodes as an initial manifestation of childhood leukaemia: imaging features

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    An, Sang Bu; Cheon, Jung-Eun; Kim, In-One; Kim, Woo Sun [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Institute of Radiation Medicine, Seoul (Korea); Ahn, Hyo Seop; Shin, Hee Young; Kang, Hyoung Jin; Yeon, Kyung Mo [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Cancer Research Institute, Seoul (Korea)

    2008-06-15

    We present two cases of granulocytic sarcoma of the cervical lymph nodes with central necrosis as an initial manifestation of childhood leukaemia, focusing on the imaging features. Recognition of the CT and MR imaging findings of granulocytic sarcoma involving the cervical lymph nodes assists the differential diagnosis of noninfective lymphadenopathy in children. (orig.)

  18. High-Frequency Quantitative Ultrasound Imaging of Cancerous Lymph Nodes

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    Mamou, Jonathan; Coron, Alain; Hata, Masaki; Machi, Junji; Yanagihara, Eugene; Laugier, Pascal; Feleppa, Ernest J.

    2009-07-01

    High-frequency ultrasound (HFU) offers a means of investigating biological tissue at the microscopic level. High-frequency, quantitative-ultrasound (QUS) methods were developed to characterize freshly-dissected lymph nodes of cancer patients. Three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound data were acquired from lymph nodes using a 25.6-MHz center-frequency transducer. Each node was inked prior to 3D histological fixation to recover orientation after sectioning. Backscattered echo signals were processed to yield two QUS estimates associated with tissue microstructure: scatterer size and acoustic concentration. The QUS estimates were computed following established methods using a Gaussian scattering model. Four lymph nodes from a patient with stage-3 colon cancer were evaluated as an illustrative case. QUS images were generated for this patient by expressing QUS estimates as color-encoded pixels and overlaying them on conventional gray-scale B-mode images. The single metastatic node had an average scatterer size that was significantly larger than the average scatterer size of the other nodes, and the statistics of both QUS estimates in the metastatic node showed greater variance than the statistics of the other nodes. Results indicate that the methods may provide a useful means of identifying small metastatic foci in dissected lymph nodes that might not be detectable using current standard pathology procedures.

  19. [Comparison of ventral and dorsal lymph node metastases of obturator nerve in radical prostatectomy].

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    Yokoyama, Hitoshi; Kato, Haruaki; Inoue, Hiroo; Komiyama, Itsuki; Yoneyama, Takehisa; Nakazawa, Koh; Ishizuka, Osamu; Nishizawa, Osamu

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    In this study, we assessed the significance of complete dissection of the dorsal lymph node of the obturator nerve during radical prostatectomy. Fifty-six patients undergoing open radical prostatectomy and pelvic lymph node dissection for treatment of prostate cancer were included in this study. Neoadjuvant hormonal therapy and radiation therapy were not performed in any of the patients. First, pelvic lymph node dissection was performed between the external iliac vein and obturator nerve and classified as "ventral lymph node of the obturator nerve". Then, the tissue located in the area between the obturator nerve and the surface of the obturator internus muscle was removed and classified as "dorsal lymph node of the obturator nerve". Both lymph nodes were meticulously examined by identical pathologist. Lymph node yields, lymph node positive rate, and the factors associated with lymph node metastasis were studied. Eight of the 56 patients had pelvic lymph node metastases (6 were high risk and 2 were intermediate risk according to the D'Amico's criteria). In the 8 node-positive patients, only 1 patient had positive lymph node in "ventral lymph node of the obturator nerve" exclusively. Four patients had positive lymph node exclusively in "dorsal lymph node of the obturator nerve" and 3 patients had in both "ventral and dorsal lymph nodes of the obturator nerve". The total lymph node yields from "ventral lymph node of the obturator nerve" and "dorsal lymph node of the obturator nerve" were 459 (8.2 per patient) and 117 (2.1 per patient), respectively. The total numbers of positive lymph nodes from "ventral lymph node of the obturator nerve" and "dorsal lymph node of the obturator nerve" were 6 and 12, respectively. Lymph node positive rate was significantly higher in "dorsal lymph node of the obturator nerve" (10%) than "ventral lymph node of the obturator nerve" (1.3%) (P or = 20 ng ml), Gleason score sum at prostate biopsy (> or = 9), and lymph node yield (> or = 16

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

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    Hai-Yan He

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available 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 patients suspected of lung cancer were enrolled, and a total of 68 lymph nodes were evaluated by EBUS-TBNA. EBUS-guided elastography of lymph nodes was performed prior to EBUS-TBNA. Standard EBUS characteristics were also described. Pathological determination of malignant or benign lymph nodes was used as the gold standard for this study. If EBUS-TBNA did not result in a formal pathological diagnosis of malignancy, patients were referred for a surgical procedure. Comparisons of elastography and standard EBUS characteristics were made between benign and malignant lymph nodes. Results: Elastography grading scores and strain ratios showed significant differences between benign and malignant lymph nodes (P = 0.000. The elastography strain ratio was more sensitive and specific for determining malignant lymph nodes than elastography grading score or standard EBUS criteria. The receiver operating characteristic curve for the elastography strain ratio showed an area under the curve of 0.933. The best cut-off point of the strain ratio for differentiating malignant from benign lymph nodes was 32.07. The elastography strain ratio had a sensitivity of 88.1%, the specificity of 80.8%, positive predictive value of 88.1%, and negative predictive value of 80.8% for distinguishing malignant from benign nodes. The overall accuracy of elastography strain ratio was 85.3%. The strain ratio of malignant and benign lymph nodes positively correlated with the elastography grading score (r = 0

  1. Echo pattern of lymph nodes in colorectal cancer

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    Rafaelsen, Søren Rafael; Kronborg, Ole; Fenger, Claus

    1992-01-01

    in vivo. The pathologist examined each node without knowledge of the sonographic finding. Malignant nodes were larger than benign nodes. Of 21 nodes less than 5 mm in diameter, 20 were benign. Round nodes were malignant more often (45/78) than ovoid nodes (6/61). A homogeneous echo pattern was associated......Surgical specimens from 75 patients with colorectal cancer were examined within 15 min of removal with a 7.5 MHz linear-array transducer. The echo pattern of 139 lymph nodes was analysed to evaluate previous criteria of malignancy and to establish other possible criteria, which could be tested...... with malignancy in 39 of 82 nodes in contrast to 12 of 57 with a heterogeneous pattern. Thirty-one nodes were ovoid as well as heterogeneous and all of these were benign. A hyperechoic centre was found in 14 nodes of which two were malignant. The highest predictive value for malignancy (59%) was obtained...

  2. Axillary Lymph Nodes and Breast Cancer

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    ... nodes . The axillary nodes are the first place breast cancer is likely to spread. During breast surgery, some ... if cancer cells are present. This helps determine breast cancer stage and guide treatment. So, it is more ...

  3. Detection of Sentinel Lymph Nodes in Patients with Papillary Thyroid Cancer

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    Hiroshi Takami

    2003-07-01

    Conclusions: Sentinel lymph node biopsy may allow discrimination between patients with true lymph-node-negative papillary thyroid carcinoma and those with non-palpable metastatic lymph nodes. It may also be helpful in diagnosing metastases and avoiding unnecessary lymph node dissection in thyroid cancer.

  4. 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......-risk prostate cancer. Two hundred ten patients who awaited curative indented therapy were included. We first performed a standard pathological examination of the LN, followed by an extended pathological examination of the patients who were LN negative in the standard examination. The extended pathological...... indicate that an extended pathological examination of LN will improve the staging of intermediate- and high-risk prostate cancer patients; however, we acknowledge that it is both costly and time consuming. We do not recommend the use of cytokeratin staining in routine staining because...

  5. Apolipoprotein D expression in metastasic lymph nodes of breast cancer.

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    Lamelas, M L; Vázquez, J; Enguita, M I; Rodríguez, J C; González, L O; Merino, A M; Vizoso, F

    2000-01-01

    Apolipoprotein D is a glycoprotein of the human plasma whose functional role remains unclear. On the other hand, this protein is also produced by breast carcinomas and is positively associated with a favorable outcome of patients. However, none study has focused on metastasic lesions. To analyze apolipoprotein D expression in breast cancer patients and their synchronous metastasic axillary lymph nodes. We analyzed by immunohistochemical assay both, the tumoral expression of apolipoprotein D in primary tumors and in their synchronous metastasic axillary lymph nodes of 30 node-positive breast cancer patients. Of the primary tumors, 28 (93.3%) showed a positive immunostaining for apolipoprotein D, although there was wide variability immunostaining values. On the other hand, 16 (53.3%) patients showed a positive immunostaining for the protein in their tumoral lymph nodes. In addition, there was a significant positive relationship between the tumoral expression of apolipoprotein D in primary tumors and metastasic lymph nodes (P metastasic lymph nodes of breast carcinomas, but with a different pattern of immunostaining and less clinical significance than in primary tumors.

  6. Prediction of nonsentinel lymph node metastasis in malignant melanoma.

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    Cadili, Ali; Smylie, Michael; Danyluk, John; Dabbs, Kelly

    2009-06-15

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is the standard at many institutions caring for melanoma patients. Patients with positive SLNB results are currently offered completion lymph node dissection (CLND) of the affected lymph node basin. This procedure entails considerable morbidity and is often applied to patients with shortened life expectancies. Because 80% of CLNDs yield no additional positive nodes and there is no proof that CLND leads to survival improvement, criteria are needed to limit this procedure to those most likely to harbor nonsentinel lymph node (SLN) metastases. A retrospective review of 349 cases of melanoma from January 1999 to April 2007 that underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy at a single institution was done. Statistical analysis was used to compare two subgroups of patients: a positive CLND group and a negative CLND group. These two groups were compared with regards to multiple variables related to patient demographics, primary tumor characteristics, and SLN tumor burden. Age and total size of SLN tumor deposit were the factors with the strongest correlation with CLND positivity. By applying a risk score model that uses the cutoff values of age 55 y and SLN tumor deposit of 5 mm, it is possible to predict CLND positivity in SLN-positive melanoma patients. The likelihood of CLND positivity in SLN-positive melanoma patients can be predicted from two criteria readily available: size of SLN tumor deposit and patient age.

  7. Predictive Factors for Nonsentinel Lymph Node Metastasis in Patients With Positive Sentinel Lymph Nodes After Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy: Nomogram for Predicting Nonsentinel Lymph Node Metastasis.

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    Ryu, Jai Min; Lee, Se Kyung; Kim, Ji Young; Yu, Jonghan; Kim, Seok Won; Lee, Jeong Eon; Han, Se Hwan; Jung, Yong Sik; Nam, Seok Jin

    2017-11-01

    Axillary lymph node (ALN) status is an important prognostic factor for breast cancer patients. With increasing numbers of patients undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC), issues concerning sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) after NAC have emerged. We analyzed the clinicopathologic features and developed a nomogram to predict the possibility of nonsentinel lymph node (NSLN) metastases in patients with positive SLNs after NAC. A retrospective medical record review was performed of 140 patients who had had clinically positive ALNs at presentation, had a positive SLN after NAC on subsequent SLNB, and undergone axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) from 2008 to 2014. On multivariate stepwise logistic regression analysis, pathologic T stage, lymphovascular invasion, SLN metastasis size, and number of positive SLN metastases were independent predictors for NSLN metastases (P Samsung Medical Center NAC nomogram was developed to predict the likelihood of additional positive NSLNs. The Samsung Medical Center NAC nomogram could provide information to surgeons regarding whether to perform additional ALND when the permanent biopsy revealed positive findings, although the intraoperative SLNB findings were negative. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Isolated perifacial lymph node metastasis in oral squamous cell carcinoma with clinically node-negative neck.

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    Agarwal, Sangeet Kumar; Arora, Sowrabh Kumar; Kumar, Gopal; Sarin, Deepak

    2016-10-01

    The incidence of occult perifacial nodal disease in oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma is not well reported. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence of isolated perifacial lymph node metastasis in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma with a clinically node-negative neck. The study will shed light on current controversies and will provide valuable clinical and pathological information in the practice of routine comprehensive removal of these lymph node pads in selective neck dissection in the node-negative neck. Prospective analysis. This study was started in August 2011 when intraoperatively we routinely separated the lymph node levels from the main specimen for evaluation of the metastatic rate to different lymph node levels in 231 patients of oral squamous cell cancer with a clinically node-negative neck. The current study demonstrated that 19 (8.22%) out of 231 patients showed ipsilateral isolated perifacial lymph node involvement. The incidence of isolated perifacial nodes did not differ significantly between the oral tongue (7.14%) and buccal mucosa (7.75%). Incidence was statistically significant in cases with lower age group (oral squamous cell carcinoma with a clinically node-negative neck. The incidence of isolated perifacial involvement is high in cases of buccal mucosal and tongue cancers. A meticulous dissection of the perifacial nodes seems prudent when treating the neck in oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma. 4 Laryngoscope, 126:2252-2256, 2016. © 2016 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  9. Assessment of lymph node tuberculosis in two provinces in Turkey.

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    Tatar, Dursun; Senol, Gunes; Alptekin, Serpil; Gunes, Ebru

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate lymph node tuberculosis (LNT) cases in two provinces in Turkey with different demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. A total of 109 LNT cases were reviewed retrospectively. The cases were analyzed and compared for symptoms, findings, age, vaccination status, and diagnostic procedures. Socioeconomic conditions were also assessed for the two provinces. A palpable cervical node was considered a significant predictor for all LNT. Mediastinal lymph node involvement was found to be common in cases of pulmonary manifestation of LNT. Female patients were predominantly from the Van Province, while older patients were found to be from Izmir Province. LNT should be suspected in lymphadenitis patients of all age-groups especially in young adolescents with cervical lymph node enlargements. In the presence of mediastinal lymphadenopathy, pulmonary tuberculosis should be investigated.

  10. Procedure guidelines for sentinel lymph node diagnosis; Verfahrensanweisung fuer die nuklearmedizinische Waechter-Lymphknoten-Diagnostik

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    Vogt, H. [Klinikum Augsburg (Germany). Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin; Schmidt, Matthias [Universitaeten zu Koeln (Germany). Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin; Bares, R. [Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Tuebingen (DE)] (and others)

    2010-07-01

    The authors present a procedure guideline for scintigraphic detection of sentinel lymph nodes in malignant melanoma and other skin tumours, in breast cancer, in head and neck cancer, and in prostate and penile carcinoma. Important goals of sentinel lymph node scintigraphy comprise reduction of the extent of surgery, lower postoperative morbidity and optimization of histopathological examination focussing on relevant lymph nodes. Sentinel lymph node scintigraphy itself does not diagnose tumorous lymph node involvement and is not indicated when lymph node metastases have been definitely diagnosed before sentinel lymph node scintigraphy. Procedures are compiled with the aim to reliably localise sentinel lymph nodes with a high detection rate typically in early tumour stages. Radiation exposure is low so that pregnancy is not a contraindication for sentinel lymph node scintigraphy. Even with high volumes of scintigraphic sentinel lymph node procedures surgeons, theatre staff and pathologists receive a radiation exposure <1 mSv/year so that they do not require occupational radiation surveillance. (orig.)

  11. Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer

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    Nieweg, O.E.; Jansen, L.; Rutgers, E.J.T.; Kroon, B.B.R. [Netherlands Cancer Inst./Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Surgery; Valdes Olmos, R.A.; Hoefnagel, K.A. [Netherlands Cancer Inst./Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine; Peterse, J.L. [Netherlands Cancer Inst./Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Pathology

    1999-04-01

    Lymphatic mapping with selective lymphadenectomy is an attractive approach in breast-cancer patients. It uses existing technology to exploit logical anatomic and physiological principles to identify occult regional lymph-node metastases. The lymphatic flow is visualized and the first (sentinel) lymph node on a direct drainage pathway from the primary tumour is identified. This is the node at greatest risk of harbouring metastatic deposits. Retrieving this node requires a concerted effort from the nuclear medicine physician, surgeon and pathologist. Lymphoscintigraphy can indicate the number of sentinel nodes and their location. The surgeon can use two techniques to find the node. A vital dye injected at the tumour site will stain the lymphatic duct as well as the sentinel node and allow their visual identification. Alternatively, a lymph-node-seeking radiopharmaceutical will also migrate from the tumour site to the sentinel node and will enable its retrieval with the use of a gamma detection probe. The pathologist has a number of techniques to identify tumour deposits in the lymph node. A review of the literature shows that the sentinel node can be found in more than 90% of the patients. With experience, the false-negative rate can be kept down to about 5%. This novel approach of lymphatic mapping with selective lymphadenectomy may lead to a substantial reduction in the need for axillary node dissection in patients with breast cancer without compromising survival and regional control, and without loss of prognostic and staging information. This development will translate into a great reduction in patient morbidity and medical expenses. (orig.) With 3 figs., 2 tabs., 39 refs.

  12. Risk prediction and clinical model building for lymph node metastasis in papillary thyroid microcarcinoma.

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    Lin, Dao-Zhe; Qu, Ning; Shi, Rong-Liang; Lu, Zhong-Wu; Ji, Qing-Hai; Wu, Wei-Li

    2016-01-01

    The surgical management of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC), especially regarding the necessity of central/lateral lymph node dissection, remains controversial. This study investigated the clinicopathologic factors predictive of lymph node metastasis (LNM) in patients diagnosed with PTMC. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used for PTMC patients identified from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database who were treated by surgery between 2002 and 2012, to determine the association of clinicopathologic factors with LNM. According to the results, a total of 31,017 patients met the inclusion criteria of the study. Final histology confirmed 2,135 (6.9%) cases of N1a disease and 1,684 cases (5.4%) of N1b disease. Our multivariate logistic regression analysis identified variables associated with both central LNM and lateral lymph node metastasis (LLNM), including a younger age (extension; distant metastasis was also significantly associated with LLNM. The significant predictors identified from multivariable logistic regression were integrated into a statistical model that showed that extrathyroidal extension had maximum weight in the predictive role for LNM. LLNM was validated to be a significant risk factor for cancer-specific death in Cox regression analyses, whereas central LNM failed to predict a worse cancer-specific survival according to our data. Therefore, we suggested that central lymph node dissection could be performed in certain patients with risk factors. Given the prevalence of LLNM in PTMC, a thorough inspection of the lateral compartment is recommended in PTMC patients with risk factors for precise staging; from the viewpoint of a radical treatment for tumors, prophylactic lateral lymph node dissection that aims to remove the occult lateral lymph nodes may be an option for PTMC with risk factors. Multicenter studies with long-term follow-up are recommended to better understand the risk factors and surgical management for

  13. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in oral cancer

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

    2005-01-01

    AND METHODS: Forty patients (17 F and 23 M, aged 32-90) with 24 T1 and 16 T2 squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity. Planar lymphoscintigraphy, emission and transmission tomography were performed. Detection and excision of the sentinel nodes were guided by a gamma probe. The sentinel nodes were step...

  14. Automatic mediastinal lymph node detection in chest CT

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    Feuerstein, Marco; Deguchi, Daisuke; Kitasaka, Takayuki; Iwano, Shingo; Imaizumi, Kazuyoshi; Hasegawa, Yoshinori; Suenaga, Yasuhito; Mori, Kensaku

    2009-02-01

    Computed tomography (CT) of the chest is a very common staging investigation for the assessment of mediastinal, hilar, and intrapulmonary lymph nodes in the context of lung cancer. In the current clinical workflow, the detection and assessment of lymph nodes is usually performed manually, which can be error-prone and timeconsuming. We therefore propose a method for the automatic detection of mediastinal, hilar, and intrapulmonary lymph node candidates in contrast-enhanced chest CT. Based on the segmentation of important mediastinal anatomy (bronchial tree, aortic arch) and making use of anatomical knowledge, we utilize Hessian eigenvalues to detect lymph node candidates. As lymph nodes can be characterized as blob-like structures of varying size and shape within a specific intensity interval, we can utilize these characteristics to reduce the number of false positive candidates significantly. We applied our method to 5 cases suspected to have lung cancer. The processing time of our algorithm did not exceed 6 minutes, and we achieved an average sensitivity of 82.1% and an average precision of 13.3%.

  15. [Lymph node tuberculosis as primary manifestation of Hodgkin's disease].

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    Audebert, Franz; Schneidewind, Arne; Hartmann, Pia; Kullmann, Frank; Schölmerich, Jürgen

    2006-06-15

    A 63-year-old female patient was admitted to the authors' hospital for further diagnostic work-up for suspected reactivation of a previously successfully treated lymph node tuberculosis, which had been diagnosed 1 year prior to the current admission. The clinical signs consisted of worsening of the patient's general condition, negacervical lymphadenopathy, night sweats, dyspnea, and superficial inflammation of the right mamma. A contrast-enhanced CT scan of the neck, thorax and abdomen revealed a generalized enlargement of the cervical, axillar, mediastinal and retroperitoneal lymph nodes, multiple intrapulmonary nodular lesions with a diameter of up to 6 mm, and a substantial right-sided pleural effusion. Under the assumption of reactivation of a lymph node tuberculosis, the patient was initially treated with an extended tuberculostatic therapy. Because of disease progression another lymph node biopsy was performed revealing Hodgkin's disease of mixed-cellularity type with a partly histiocytic necrotizing, partly tuberculoid reaction. The biopsy was negative for acid-fast bacilli. Thereupon initiated chemotherapy according to the ABVD protocol led to a rapid amelioration of the clinical symptoms. In the clinical setting of suspected or confirmed lymph node tuberculosis malignant lymphoma should always be considered. This consideration is particular important since Hodgkin's disease is typically associated with a cellular immunosuppression predisposing the subject to tuberculosis.

  16. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Patients

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    Marie-Laure Matthey-Giè

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The management of lymph nodes in nonmelanoma skin cancer patients is currently still debated. Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC, pigmented epithelioid melanocytoma (PEM, and other rare skin neoplasms have a well-known risk to spread to regional lymph nodes. The use of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB could be a promising procedure to assess this risk in clinically N0 patients. Metastatic SNs have been observed in 4.5–28% SCC (according to risk factors, in 9–42% MCC, and in 14–57% PEM. We observed overall 30.8% positive SNs in 13 consecutive patients operated for high-risk nonmelanoma skin cancer between 2002 and 2011 in our institution. These high rates support recommendation to implement SLNB for nonmelanoma skin cancer especially for SCC patients. Completion lymph node dissection following positive SNs is also a matter of discussion especially in PEM. It must be remembered that a definitive survival benefit of SLNB in melanoma patients has not been proven yet. However, because of its low morbidity when compared to empiric elective lymph node dissection or radiation therapy of lymphatic basins, SLNB has allowed sparing a lot of morbidity and could therefore be used in nonmelanoma skin cancer patients, even though a significant impact on survival has not been demonstrated.

  17. [The lymph nodes imprint for the diagnosis of lymphoid neoplasms].

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    Peniche-Alvarado, Carolina; Ramos-Peñafiel, Christian Omar; Martínez-Murillo, Carlos; Romero-Guadarrama, Mónica; Olarte-Carrillo, Irma; Rozen-Fuller, Etta; Martínez-Tovar, Adolfo; Collazo-Jaloma, Juan; Mendoza-García, Carlos Alberto

    2013-01-01

    lymphoma is the most frequent lymphoid neoplasm in our country. Its diagnosis is based on histopathological findings. The lymph node imprint has been used for more than 40 years. The aim was to establish the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of lymph node imprint and estimate the inter-observer rate. we did an observational, retrospective, prolective study, based on the lymph node imprint obtained by excisional biopsies over a period of 6 years. the inclusion criteria was met on 199 samples, 27.1 % were considered as reactive (n = 54), 16.1 % Hodgkin lymphoma (n = 32), 40.2 % (n = 80) non-Hodgkin lymphoma and 16.6 % (n = 33) as metastatic carcinoma. Comparing with the final histopathology report, the sensitivity and specificity of lymph node imprint were 88 % (0.81-0.95) and 64 % (0.55-0.73) respectively, the positive predictive value was 67 % (0.59-0.76) and the negative predictive value was 86 % (0.79-0.94). The interobserver kappa index was 0.467. the lymph node imprint remains as a useful tool for the diagnosis of lymphoid neoplasm. The agreement between observers was acceptable.

  18. Modeling lymphocyte homing and encounters in lymph nodes

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    Bernaschi Massimo

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available 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 of the lymph node and the regulation of cells migration, encounter, and antigen presentation during the inflammation process. Conclusion Our model reproduces the correct timing of an immune response, including the observed time delay between duplication of T helper cells and duplication of B cells in response to antigen exposure. Furthermore, we investigate the consequences of the absence of dendritic cells at different times during infection, and the dependence of system dynamics on the regulation of lymphocyte exit from lymph nodes. In both cases, the model predicts the emergence of an impaired immune response, i.e., the response is significantly reduced in magnitude. Dendritic cell removal is also shown to delay the response time with respect to normal conditions.

  19. Factors predicting non-sentinel lymph node involvement in sentinel node positive breast carcinoma.

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    Durak, Merih Güray; Akansu, Bülent; Akin, Mehmet Mustafa; Sevınç, Ali Ibrahim; Koçdor, Mehmet Ali; Saydam, Serdar; Harmancioğlu, Omer; Ellıdokuz, Hülya; Bekış, Recep; Canda, Tülay

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    In routine practice, axillary lymph node dissection is performed in early invasive breast cancer patients with positive sentinel node biopsy. However, sentinel node is the only involved axillary node in 40-70% of patients, and determining factors that predict axillary non-sentinel node involvement will therefore prevent unnecessary axillary lymph node dissection and decrease morbidity. In this study, 119 invasive breast cancer patients with sentinel node metastasis who underwent axillary lymph node dissection between 1998-2009 at our institution were studied. Primary tumor characteristics and features of the metastatic tumors in sentinel nodes, such as microanatomic location, size of metastasis, and the ratio of metastatic tumor area to the total sentinel node area were evaluated. Student's t-test and multivariate logistic regression were used for statistical analysis. The mean age of the patients was 50.7 years (28-80). Forty-three patients (36%) had invasive ductal and 25 patients (21%) had invasive lobular carcinoma. Most of the patients had either pT1 (44%) or pT2 (54%) tumors. Fifty-four patients (45%) had no further positive nodes in the axilla. The metastatic deposits in the sentinel node were subcapsular in 16 patients (13%). The percent area of sentinel node occupied by tumor (p < 0.001), number of sentinel nodes (p=0.041), and microanatomic location of metastatic tumor (p=0.002) were significantly associated with non-sentinel node metastasis in univariate analysis. The percent area of sentinel node occupied by tumor (p < 0.001) and number of sentinel nodes (p=0.033) remained significantly associated with non-sentinel node involvement in multivariate analysis. In patients with invasive breast cancer and positive sentinel node, area percent of sentinel node occupied by tumor, and the number of sentinel nodes removed are independently predictive of non-sentinel node involvement.

  20. Lymph node staging of oral and maxillofacial neoplasms in 31 dogs and cats.

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    Herring, Erin S; Smith, Mark M; Robertson, John L

    2002-09-01

    A retrospective study was performed to report the histologic examination results of regional lymph nodes of dogs and cats with oral or maxillofacial neoplasms. Twenty-eight dogs and 3 cats were evaluated. Histologic examination results of standard and serial tissue sectioning of regional lymph nodes were recorded. When available, other clinical parameters including mandibular lymph node palpation, thoracic radiographs, and pre- and postoperative fine needle aspiration of lymph nodes were compared with the histologic results. Squamous cell carcinoma, fibrosarcoma, and melanoma were the most common neoplasms diagnosed in dogs. Squamous cell carcinoma and fibrosarcoma were diagnosed in cats. Of the palpably enlarged mandibular lymph nodes, 17.0% had metastatic disease histologically. Radiographically evident thoracic metastatic disease was present in 7.4% of cases. Preoperative cytologic evaluation of the mandibular lymph node based on fine needle aspiration concurred with the histologic results in 90.5% of lymph nodes examined. Postoperative cytologic evaluation of fine needle aspirates of regional lymph nodes concurred with the histologic results in 80.6% of lymph nodes examined. Only 54.5% of cases with metastatic disease to regional lymph nodes had metastasis that included the mandibular lymph node. Serial lymph node sectioning provided additional information or metastasis detection. Cytologic evaluation of the mandibular lymph node correlates positively with histology, however results may fail to indicate the presence of regional metastasis. Assessment of all regional lymph nodes in dogs and cats with oral or maxillofacial neoplasms will detect more metastatic disease than assessing the mandibular lymph node only.

  1. Evaluation of lymph node reactivity in differentiated thyroid carcinoma

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    1999-05-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: The development of metastases is the most notable characteristic of malignant neoplasias. The filter function of lymph nodes, which led to the idea of including lymphatic treatment in surgical management of metastases. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate morphological alterations in neck nodes in the presence of differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC: hyperplasia, histiocytosis, desmoplasia, capsular rupture, necrosis and their relation to the biological behavior of these neoplasias. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: University referral unit. PARTICIPANTS: 98 DTC patients, from 1977 to 1992, 18 cases were selected for histological analyses, of which 14 were female and 4 males, with an average age of 50.2 years. From these cases, 290 lymph nodes were analyzed (81 with metastasis, with an average of 16 lymph nodes/patient. MAIN MEASUREMENTS: Morphological evaluation of paraffin cuts stained by HE was done using an optical microscope, looking for presence of the abovementioned neoplasias and their UICC-TNM (1997 staging. RESULTS: Sinus histiocytosis was 2.4 times more frequent in the absence of lymph node metastasis (pNo. Disease recurrence occurred in 5 patients, all of whom were more than 40 years old (p= 0.24 and 4 of whom had necrosis (p= 0.02. Six patients with predominance of paracortical hyperplasia (p= 0.02 did not show as much relapse into disease as those with less than 6 metastasis lymph nodes (p= 0.009. CONCLUSIONS: The presence of paracortical hyperplasia is associated with a better prognosis. The existence of necrosis or metastasis in more than 6 lymph nodes in patients over 40 years of age is related to higher risk of relapse of disease in DTC.

  2. Pathological axillary lymph nodes detected at mammographic screening

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    Lim, E. T.; O' Doherty, A.; Hill, A. D.; Quinn, C. M. E-mail: c.quinn@st-vincents.ie

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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.

  3. 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.

  4. Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Cervical Lymph Nodes in Thyroid Cancer.

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    Machado, Maria Regina Marrocos; Tavares, Marcos Roberto; Buchpiguel, Carlos Alberto; Chammas, Maria Cristina

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    Objective To determine what ultrasonographic features can identify metastatic cervical lymph nodes, both preoperatively and in recurrences after complete thyroidectomy. Study Design Prospective. Setting Outpatient clinic, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Subjects and Methods A total of 1976 lymph nodes were evaluated in 118 patients submitted to total thyroidectomy with or without cervical lymph node dissection. All the patients were examined by cervical ultrasonography, preoperatively and/or postoperatively. The following factors were assessed: number, size, shape, margins, presence of fatty hilum, cortex, echotexture, echogenicity, presence of microcalcification, presence of necrosis, and type of vascularity. The specificity, sensitivity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of each variable were calculated. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted. A receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curve was plotted to determine the best cutoff value for the number of variables to discriminate malignant lymph nodes. Results Significant differences were found between metastatic and benign lymph nodes with regard to all of the variables evaluated ( P < .05). Logistic regression analysis revealed that size and echogenicity were the best combination of altered variables (odds ratio, 40.080 and 7.288, respectively) in discriminating malignancy. The ROC curve analysis showed that 4 was the best cutoff value for the number of altered variables to discriminate malignant lymph nodes, with a combined specificity of 85.7%, sensitivity of 96.4%, and efficiency of 91.0%. Conclusion Greater diagnostic accuracy was achieved by associating the ultrasonographic variables assessed rather than by considering them individually.

  5. Robust automated lymph node segmentation with random forests

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    Allen, David; Lu, Le; Yao, Jianhua; Liu, Jiamin; Turkbey, Evrim; Summers, Ronald M.

    2014-03-01

    Enlarged lymph nodes may indicate the presence of illness. Therefore, identification and measurement of lymph nodes provide essential biomarkers for diagnosing disease. Accurate automatic detection and measurement of lymph nodes can assist radiologists for better repeatability and quality assurance, but is challenging as well because lymph nodes are often very small and have a highly variable shape. In this paper, we propose to tackle this problem via supervised statistical learning-based robust voxel labeling, specifically the random forest algorithm. Random forest employs an ensemble of decision trees that are trained on labeled multi-class data to recognize the data features and is adopted to handle lowlevel image features sampled and extracted from 3D medical scans. Here we exploit three types of image features (intensity, order-1 contrast and order-2 contrast) and evaluate their effectiveness in random forest feature selection setting. The trained forest can then be applied to unseen data by voxel scanning via sliding windows (11×11×11), to assign the class label and class-conditional probability to each unlabeled voxel at the center of window. Voxels from the manually annotated lymph nodes in a CT volume are treated as positive class; background non-lymph node voxels as negatives. We show that the random forest algorithm can be adapted and perform the voxel labeling task accurately and efficiently. The experimental results are very promising, with AUCs (area under curve) of the training and validation ROC (receiver operating characteristic) of 0.972 and 0.959, respectively. The visualized voxel labeling results also confirm the validity.

  6. Lymph node pooling: a feasible and efficient method of lymph node molecular staging in colorectal carcinoma.

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    Rakislova, Natalia; Montironi, Carla; Aldecoa, Iban; Fernandez, Eva; Bombi, Josep Antoni; Jimeno, Mireya; Balaguer, Francesc; Pellise, Maria; Castells, Antoni; Cuatrecasas, Miriam

    2017-01-14

    Pathologic lymph node staging is becoming a deficient method in the demanding molecular era. Nevertheless, the use of more sensitive molecular analysis for nodal staging is hampered by its high costs and extensive time requirements. Our aim is to take a step forward in colon cancer (CC) lymph node (LN) pathology diagnosis by proposing a feasible and efficient molecular method in routine practice using reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP). Molecular detection of tumor cytokeratin 19 (CK19) mRNA with RT-LAMP was performed in 3206 LNs from 188 CC patients using two methods: individual analysis of 1449 LNs from 102 patients (individual cohort), and pooled LN analysis of 1757 LNs from 86 patients (pooling cohort). A median of 13 LNs (IQR 10-18) per patient were harvested in the individual cohort, and 18 LNs (IQR 13-25) per patient in the pooling cohort (p ≤ 0.001). The median of molecular assays performed in the pooling cohort was 2 per patient (IQR 1-3), saving a median of 16 assays/patient. The number of molecular assays performed in the individual cohort was 13 (IQR 10-18), corresponding to the number of LNs to be analyzed. The sensitivity and specificity of the pooling method for LN involvement (assessed by hematoxylin and eosin) were 88.9% (95% CI 56.5-98.0) and 79.2% (95% CI 68.9-86.8), respectively; concordance, 80.2%; PPV, 33.3%; NPV, 98.4%. The individual method had 100% sensitivity (95% CI 72.2-100), 44.6% specificity (95% CI 34.8-54.7), 50% concordance, 16.4% PPV, and 100% NPV. The amount of tumor burden detected in all LNs of a case, or total tumor load (TTL) was similar in both cohorts (p = 0.228). LN pooling makes it possible to analyze a high number of LNs from surgical colectomies with few molecular tests per patient. This approach enables a feasible means to integrate LN molecular analysis from CC specimens into pathology diagnosis and provides a more accurate LN pathological staging with potential prognostic

  7. Clinical significance of microscopic melanoma metastases in the nonhottest sentinel lymph nodes.

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    Luo, Su; Lobo, Alice Z C; Tanabe, Kenneth K; Muzikansky, Alona; Durazzo, Tyler; Sober, Arthur; Tsao, Hensin; Cosimi, A Benedict; Lawrence, Donald P; Duncan, Lyn M

    2015-05-01

    A practice gap exists in the surgical removal of sentinel lymph nodes, from removal of only the most radioactive (hottest) lymph node to removal of all lymph nodes with radioactivity greater than 10% of the hottest lymph node. To determine the clinical significance of melanoma in sentinel lymph nodes that are not the hottest sentinel node and to determine the risk for disease progression based on sentinel lymph node status and primary tumor characteristics. Consecutive patients with cutaneous melanoma with sentinel lymph nodes resected from January 5, 2004, to June 30, 2008, with a mean follow-up of 59 months, at Massachusetts General Hospital were included in this retrospective review. The last year of follow-up was 2012. The operative protocol led to resection of all sentinel lymph nodes with radioactivity greater than 10% of the hottest lymph node. The number of lymph nodes removed, technetium-99m counts for each sentinel lymph node, presence or absence of sentinel lymph node metastases, primary tumor characteristics, disease progression, and melanoma-specific survival were recorded. Microscopic melanoma metastases in the hottest and nonhottest sentinel lymph nodes and factors that correlate with disease progression and mortality. A total of 1575 sentinel lymph nodes were analyzed in 475 patients. Ninety-one patients (19%) had positive sentinel lymph nodes. Of these, 72 (79%) had metastases in the hottest sentinel lymph node. Of 19 cases with tumor present, but not in the hottest sentinel lymph node, counts ranged from 26% to 97% of the hottest node. Progression occurred in 43% of patients with sentinel node metastasis, regardless of whether the hottest lymph node was positive. In patients with negative sentinel lymph nodes, 11% developed metastases beyond the sentinel lymph node basin and 3.4% recurred in the basin. Mitogenicity of the primary tumor was associated with mortality (odds ratio, 2.435; 95% CI, 1.351-4.391; P negative results in 19 of 475 (4%) of

  8. Redefining ultrasound appearance criteria of positive axillary lymph nodes

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    Duchesne, N. [Ottawa Hospital, Dept. of Radiology, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)]. E-mail: nathalie_duchesne_22@yahoo.ca; Jaffey, J. [Ottawa Hospital Research Inst., Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Florack, P. [Ottawa Regional Women' s Breast Health Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Duchesne, S. [McGill Univ., Biomedical Engineering Dep., Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

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    To determine objective criteria for ultrasonography (US) appearance in the diagnosis of abnormal axillary lymph nodes (ALNs) and to assess retrospectively their accuracy in preoperative staging of patients with Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) Category 5 breast lesion. US-guided axillary fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) was performed for preoperative staging of BI-RADS Category 5 lesions in breast cancer patients seen at the Ottawa Regional Women's Breast Health Centre. Retrospectively, ALN morphology was classified into 3 categories based on US appearance: mass-like appearance, focal nodular cortical thickening (FNCT), and diffuse cortical thickening (DCT), the latter 2 with fatty hilum preservation and cortical thickening greater than 2 mm. Cytologic results from the FNAB were compared with axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) or sentinel lymph node procedure (SLNP), when available. Retrospective image-based classification was performed blind to pathology results and analyzed with Pearson's correlation coefficient, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves, and chi-square and Hosmer-Lemeshow tests against the cytologic ground truth. Eighty-six ALNs in 84 patients were sampled with an 18-gauge needle under US guidance. The number of passes per sample was related to adequate sampling of positive ALNs having mass-like morphology but not DCT or FNCT (p < 0.001). The most frequent morphologic presentation of the 86 ALNs was mass-like appearance of lymph nodes (45%), followed by DCT (35%) and FNCT (20%). Metastatic involvement was found in 34 (87%) of 39 ALNs that were mass-like, in 9 (53%) of 17 ALNs with FNCT, and in 9 (30%) of 30 ALNs with DCT. The kappa agreement between FNAB and ALND or SLNP was 0.64 for mass-like lymph nodes, 0.7 for lymph nodes with DCT, and 1.0 for FNCT. Overall sensitivity and specificity were 94% and 89%, respectively, with a positive predictive value of 97% and negative predictive value of 80%. Using a 2

  9. Arm morbidity following sentinel lymph node biopsy or axillary lymph node dissection: a study from the Danish Breast Cancer Cooperative Group

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    Husted, Madsen A.; Haugaard, K.; Soerensen, J.

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    the impact on shoulder mobility of node positive patients having a secondary axillary dissection because of the findings of metastases postoperatively. AIM: We aimed to investigate the objective and subjective arm morbidity in node negative and node positive patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In a prospective...... groups of node negative patients. Highly significant difference was found comparing sensibility. Comparing the morbidity in node positive patients who had a one-step axillary dissection with patients having a two-step procedure (sentinel lymph node biopsy followed by delayed axillary dissection) revealed...... no difference in objective or subjective arm morbidity. CONCLUSION: Node negative patients operated with sentinel lymph node biopsy have less arm morbidity compared with node negative patients operated with axillary lymph node dissection. Node positive patients who had a secondary axillary lymph node dissection...

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

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    Goerich, J. [Univ. of Ulm, Dept. of Radiology 1, Ulm (Germany); Liebermann, D. [Inst. of Radiology and Pathophysiology, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (Germany); Luehrs, H. [Inst. of Radiology and Pathophysiology, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (Germany); Beyer-Enke, S.A. [Inst. of Radiology and Pathophysiology, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (Germany); Kaick, G. van [Inst. of Radiology and Pathophysiology, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (Germany)

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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.)

  11. Sentinel lymph node biopsy: An audit of intraoperative assessment ...

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    Jul 2, 2015 ... Objective. To audit results from intraoperative assessment of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) after the introduction of a cytotechnologist. Study design. Since 2010, a cytotechnologist has been involved in the intraoperative assessment of SLNB in our breast cancer patients. The data from patients over ...

  12. The diagnostic value of lymph node biopsy to detect Castleman's ...

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    HIV is not indicated in the aetiology of Castleman's disease. However, it impacts on the prevalence and natural history of this disease and significantly on the disease progression. Castleman's disease is a uni- or multicentric disease of the lymph node with or without polyclonal proliferation of B-cells. It is a morphologically ...

  13. [Lymph node tuberculosis treatment: from recommendations to practice].

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    Lanoix, J-P; Douadi, Y; Borel, A; Andrejak, C; El Samad, Y; Ducroix, J-P; Schmit, J-L

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    Lymph node infection is the most frequent localization of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. However, there is still no consensus on the length of antimicrobial treatment. We conducted a retrospective study in the Department of infectious diseases and internal medicine in the Amiens Teaching Hospital, France. All patients diagnosed with lymph node tuberculosis between 1998 and 2007 were included; some patients presented with bi- or multifocal tuberculosis. The aim of the study was a practice analysis. We studied 48 medical records, 16 were excluded for lack of more than 40% of data or because lymph node tuberculosis was non-active. The mean age of the 32 patients included was 49 years. The mean duration of treatment was 10.9 months (standard deviation 2.6, median 11, range 6-18). There was no statistical age difference between subgroups (lymph node tuberculosis versus multifocal tuberculosis). There was no significant difference between the 6-month treatment group and the 9-month treatment group in term of clinical response. One relapse was diagnosed, eight patients (25%) were lost to follow-up at 1 year after treatment. DISCUSSION AND REVIEW: No reliable published data was found as to the optimal duration of treatment. A high quality clinical trial should be carried out to suggest a consensus. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Prediction of lymph node metastases in vulvar cancer: a review.

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    Oonk, M.H.; Hollema, H.; Hullu, J.A. de; Zee, A.G. van der

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to review the literature on currently available non- and minimally-invasive diagnostic methods and analysis of primary tumor characteristics for prediction of inguinofemoral lymph node metastases in patients with primary squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva. We used the

  15. Lymph node hemangioma in one-humped camel | Aljameel | Open ...

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    Hemangioma is a benign tumor of blood and lymphatic vessels. It is common in skin, mucosa and soft tissues, and its occurrence in lymph nodes is extremely rare. A 10 year-old she-camel was slaughtered at Nyala slaughterhouse, South Darfur State, Sudan. Grossly, the carcass was emaciated. The left ventral superficial ...

  16. Metastatic Carcinoma Of The BreastWith Inguinal Lymph Node ...

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    To report two cases of advanced breast carcinoma with metastases to the inguinal lymph nodes in two Nigerian women. The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Two Nigerian women, one aged 40 years with an invasive lobular carcinoma of the right breast, and the other aged 48 yearswith ...

  17. The prognostic value of the number of lymph nodes removed in patients with node-negative colorectal cancer.

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    Duraker, Nüvit; Civelek Çaynak, Zeynep; Hot, Semih

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    To investigate the prognostic significance of the number of lymph nodes removed in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients with no metastatic lymph node. The clinicopathological data of 461 CRC patients was analyzed. In order to compare the survival of patients who had fewer lymph nodes removed versus the survival of patients who had 1-3 metastatic lymph node(s), a separate group of 74 N1 disease patients were also included in the study. All patient data were collected prospectively. Kaplan-Meier method was used for calculation and plotting of the survival curves of the patient groups, and log-rank test was used for the comparison of the survival curves. Cancer-specific survival (CSS) rates of patients who had 1-7 lymph node(s) and 8-11 lymph nodes removed were significantly worse than those who had 12 or more lymph nodes removed (p = 0.006 and p = 0.037, respectively), while CSS was not significantly different between those who had 1-7 versus 8-11 lymph node(s) removed (p = 0.647); this grouping had independent prognostic significance in Cox analysis (p = 0.006). CSS of patients with N1 disease was not significantly different from those who had 1-7 and 8-11 lymph node(s) removed (p = 0.312 and p = 0.165, respectively), while it was significantly worse than CSS of patients who had 12 or more lymph nodes removed (p = 0.001). In colorectal cancer patients whose removed lymph nodes are non-metastatic, removal of at least 12 lymph nodes will determine the lymph node status reliably. Copyright © 2014 Surgical Associates Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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

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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.

  19. Morbidity after inguinal sentinel lymph node biopsy and completion lymph node dissection in patients with cutaneous melanoma

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    de Vries, M.; Vonkeman, W. G.; van Ginkel, R. J.; Hoekstra, H. J.

    Background: Aim of the study was to assess the short-term and long-term morbidity after inguinal sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) with or without completion groin dissection (GD) in patients with cutaneous melanoma. Methods: Between 1995 and 2003, 127 inguinal SLNBs were performed for cutaneous

  20. Prognostic significance of the total number of harvested lymph nodes for lymph node-negative gastric cancer patients.

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    Ji, Xin; Bu, Zhao-De; Li, Zi-Yu; Wu, Ai-Wen; Zhang, Lian-Hai; Zhang, Ji; Wu, Xiao-Jiang; Zong, Xiang-Long; Li, Shuang-Xi; Shan, Fei; Jia, Zi-Yu; Ji, Jia-Fu

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    The relationship between the number of harvested lymph nodes (HLNs) and prognosis of gastric cancer patients without an involvement of lymph nodes has not been well-evaluated. The objective of this study is to further explore this issue. We collected data from 399 gastric cancer patients between November 2006 and October 2011. All of them were without metastatic lymph nodes. Survival analyses showed that statistically significant differences existed in the survival outcomes between the two groups allocated by the total number of HLNs ranging from 16 to 22. Therefore, we adopted 22 as the cut-off value of the total number of HLNs for grouping (group A: HLNs patients at the T4 stage was better in group B than in group A (76.9% vs. 58.5%; P=0.004). An analysis of multiple factors elucidated that the total number of HLNs, T stage, operation time and age were independently correlated factors of prognosis. Regarding gastric cancer patients without the involvement of lymph nodes, an HLN number ≥22 would be helpful in prolonging their overall survival, especially for those at T4 stage. The total number of HLNs was an independent prognostic factor for this population of patients.

  1. Abnormal position of lymph nodes in a freemartin sheep

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    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

  2. Esophageal Cancer: Associations With (pN+) Lymph Node Metastases.

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    Rice, Thomas W; Ishwaran, Hemant; Hofstetter, Wayne L; Schipper, Paul H; Kesler, Kenneth A; Law, Simon; Lerut, E M R; Denlinger, Chadrick E; Salo, Jarmo A; Scott, Walter J; Watson, Thomas J; Allen, Mark S; Chen, Long-Qi; Rusch, Valerie W; Cerfolio, Robert J; Luketich, James D; Duranceau, Andre; Darling, Gail E; Pera, Manuel; Apperson-Hansen, Carolyn; Blackstone, Eugene H

    2017-01-01

    To identify the associations of lymph node metastases (pN+), number of positive nodes, and pN subclassification with cancer, treatment, patient, geographic, and institutional variables, and to recommend extent of lymphadenectomy needed to accurately detect pN+ for esophageal cancer. Limited data and traditional analytic techniques have precluded identifying intricate associations of pN+ with other cancer, treatment, and patient characteristics. Data on 5806 esophagectomy patients from the Worldwide Esophageal Cancer Collaboration were analyzed by Random Forest machine learning techniques. pN+, number of positive nodes, and pN subclassification were associated with increasing depth of cancer invasion (pT), increasing cancer length, decreasing cancer differentiation (G), and more regional lymph nodes resected. Lymphadenectomy necessary to accurately detect pN+ is 60 for shorter, well-differentiated cancers (<2.5 cm) and 20 for longer, poorly differentiated ones. In esophageal cancer, pN+, increasing number of positive nodes, and increasing pN classification are associated with deeper invading, longer, and poorly differentiated cancers. Consequently, if the goal of lymphadenectomy is to accurately define pN+ status of such cancers, few nodes need to be removed. Conversely, superficial, shorter, and well-differentiated cancers require a more extensive lymphadenectomy to accurately define pN+ status.

  3. Tuberculosis axillary lymph node coexistent breast cancer in adjuvant treatment: case report

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    Bromberg, Silvio Eduardo; do Amaral, Paulo Gustavo Ten?rio

    2015-01-01

    Coexistence of breast cancer and tuberculosis is rare. In most cases, involvement by tuberculosis occurs in axillary lymph nodes. We report a case of a 43-years-old patient who had undergone adenomastectomy and left sentinel lymph node biopsy due to a triple negative ductal carcinoma. At the end of adjuvant treatment, the patient had an atypical lymph node in the left axilla. Lymph node was excised, and after laboratory analysis, the diagnosis was ganglion tuberculosis. The patient underwent ...

  4. DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSTICS OF PERIPHERAL LYMPH NODE TUBERCULOSIS IN HIV-INFECTED PATIENTS

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    FAYZULLAEVA DILFUZA; TILLYASHAYKHOV MIRZAGOLIB; KHAKIMOVH MIRAZIM

    2016-01-01

    Biopsy is more informative to diagnose the lymph node tuberculosis. Pathomorphological pattern features of the lymph node tuberculosis in HIV-infected patients areprincipally specified during the active period of the lymph node inflammatory process. Three stages are classified as per changes in lymph node tissues as follow: low-active period primarily by granulomatous and productive changes. active period productive and necrotic changes. progressive period purulence and fistula occurrence. As...

  5. Mulig forbedret behandling af kolorektal cancer med sentinel lymph node-diagnostik

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    Burgdorf, Stefan Kobbelgaard; Eriksen, Jens Ravn; Gögenur, Ismail

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    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...

  6. Molecular and Functional Imaging for Detection of Lymph Node Metastases in Prostate Cancer

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    Ansje Fortuin

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    Full Text Available Knowledge on lymph node metastases is crucial for the prognosis and treatment of prostate cancer patients. Conventional anatomic imaging often fails to differentiate benign from metastatic lymph nodes. Pelvic lymph node dissection is an invasive technique and underestimates the extent of lymph node metastases. Therefore, there is a need for more accurate non-invasive diagnostic techniques. Molecular and functional imaging has been subject of research for the last decades, in this respect. Therefore, in this article the value of imaging techniques to detect lymph node metastases is reviewed. These techniques include scintigraphy, sentinel node imaging, positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT, diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI MRI and magnetic resonance lymphography (MRL. Knowledge on pathway and size of lymph node metastases has increased with molecular and functional imaging. Furthermore, improved detection and localization of lymph node metastases will enable (focal treatment of the positive nodes only.

  7. Metastatic intramammary lymph nodes: mammographic and ultrasonographic features

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    Objective: To evaluate the mammographic and ultrasonographic findings in patients with intramammary lymph node (IMLN) involvement in breast cancer. Materials and methods: The mammograms of 1655 histopathologically proven breast cancer cases diagnosed during the last 10 years were retrospectively reviewed. There were 16 cases in which metastasis to intramammary lymph nodes was suspected mammographically and proven histopathologically. The clinical and radiological features of these 16 cases were evaluated. Results: On mammograms, the involved lymph nodes were all well circumscribed, homogeneous, oval or round opacities in the upper outer quadrant of the breast. They were all larger than 1 cm in size. On US, they were seen as well circumscribed, homogeneously hypoechoic masses with mild acoustic enhancement. In one case, besides enlargement, development of malignant microcalcifications was seen inside the node in the follow up period. In another case with IMLN metastasis, the primary focus of the breast cancer could not be detected either mammographically or histopathologically. So the case was accepted as occult breast carcinoma. All of the primary tumors detected were invasive histopathologically and their sizes varied between 1-6 cm (mean, 3 cm). Conclusion: The involvement of the IMLN can be suspected with mammographic and ultrasonographic features. Metastatic disease from breast cancer to IMLN may be the first clinical and/or radiological sign of breast cancer.

  8. Internal mammary lymph node management – further direction

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    Full Text Available D Vrana,1,2 J Gatek3,4 1Department of Oncology, 2Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacky University, Olomouc, 3Department of Surgery, Atlas Hospital, 4Faculty of Humanities, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Zlín, Czech Republic We read the article titled “Internal mammary sentinel lymph node biopsy: abandon or persist?” by Qiu et al with high interest. This was an excellent paper regarding the contemporary management of internal mammary lymph nodes (IMLN in early-stage breast cancer1 and we would like to take this opportunity to comment on this paper.There are several unresolved questions regarding early-stage breast management including axillary staging, clear resection margin, or IMLN.2–4 We have been focusing on the issues of IMLN for almost a decade and just recently published our data regarding IMLN management. We absolutely agree that one has to carefully balance the benefit and potential risks of biopsy or radiotherapy of IMLN.  Authors' reply Peng-Fei Qiu, Yong-Sheng WangBreast Cancer Center, Shandong Cancer Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Jinan, People’s Republic of China  We appreciate the letter from Professors Vrana and Gatek regarding our article titled “Internal mammary sentinel lymph node biopsy: abandon or persist?”.1 We have been following their publications regarding internal mammary lymph nodes (IMLN management since the publication of their article titled “Prognostic influence of internal mammary node drainage in patients with early-stage breast cancer” in December 20162 and we share their interest on this topic.  View the original paper by Qiu and colleagues.

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  12. The role of OCT4 immunohistochemistry in evaluation of retroperitoneal lymph node dissections: a pilot study.

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    Idrees, Muhammad T; Williamson, Sean R; Kieffer, Theodore W; Cheng, Liang

    2013-12-01

    We investigated the role of OCT4 immunohistochemical staining in detecting germ cell tumor lymph node metastases. Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection is important for staging and treatment of testicular germ cell tumors, and OCT4 is sensitive and specific for pluripotent testicular germ cell tumors; however, micrometastases, particularly from seminoma, can be difficult to detect. We examined 262 lymph nodes in 45 retroperitoneal lymph node dissection specimens from germ cell tumor patients. Specimens were categorized as postchemotherapy and untreated retroperitoneal lymph node dissection with or without clinical suspicion, based on lymphadenopathy or elevated serum germ cell tumor markers. Sections were stained with anti-OCT4 antibody. Twenty-one additional positive lymph nodes in 12 cases were detected to harbor scattered seminoma cells, singly and in small clusters, from 256 previously considered benign in: untreated retroperitoneal lymph node dissection with clinical suspicion (13% increase), postchemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (7%), and untreated retroperitoneal lymph node dissection without suspicion (4%). However, no patient with an entirely negative dissection specimen was reclassified as positive. OCT4 immunohistochemistry detected scattered seminoma cells and small clusters of seminoma cells in lymph nodes previously considered to be benign for an overall increase of 8%, greatest in the setting of untreated retroperitoneal lymph node dissection with clinical suspicion. However, immunohistochemistry did not convert any entirely negative specimen to positive. Future studies will be useful to determine whether the small volume of disease detected by immunohistochemistry has the same impact as routinely detected lymph node metastases.

  13. Postmastectomy neuropathic pain: results of microsurgical lymph nodes transplantation.

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    Becker, Corinne; Pham, Duc Nhat Minh; Assouad, Jalal; Badia, Alain; Foucault, Christophe; Riquet, Marc

    2008-10-01

    Postmastectomy chronic pain may be divided into widespread and regional pain. Almost half patients with regional pain, which is more likely related to neuropathic phenomena, do not benefit any pain relief from medication. Our purpose was to report results on pain relief obtained by axillary lymph nodes autotransplantation. Six patients presented with chronic regional neuropathic pains and upper limb lymphedema after breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy. Despite medication, pain was intolerable and daily activity dramatically reduced. Lymph nodes were harvested in the femoral region, transferred to the axillary region and transplanted by microsurgical procedures. Lymphedema resolved in 5 out of 6 patients. Pain was relieved in all, permitting return to work and daily activity; analgesic medication was discontinued. This procedure proved efficient and may be advocated in case of neuropathic pain when discussing lymphedema management.

  14. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in paediatric melanoma. A case series.

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    Sánchez Aguilar, M; Álvarez Pérez, R M; García Gómez, F J; Fernández Ortega, P; Borrego Dorado, I

    2015-01-01

    The incidence of melanoma in children is uncommon, being particularly rare in children under 10 years-old. However, this disease is increasing by a mean of 2% per year. As in adults, the lymph node status is the most important prognostic factor, crucial to performing the selective sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). We report 3 cases of paediatric patients of 3, 4 and 8 years-old, in which SLNB was performed for malignant melanoma. Paediatric age implies greater technical difficulty to the scintigraphy scan due to poor patient cooperation, with mild sedation required in some cases, and only being able to acquire planar images in other cases. SPECT/CT was only performed in the oldest patient. In our cases, SLNB was useful for selecting the least invasive surgery in order to reduce morbidity. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  15. Analysis of interlobar (between upper and middle lobes) lymph node enlargement on hilar tomography

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    Hirose, Takao (Yamaguchi Univ., Ube (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1989-06-01

    We examined interlobar (between upper and middle lobes) lymph node enlargement by compensating filter hilar tomography in cases of central vein type right upper lobe vein. The control group consisted of 100 randomly selected specimens, in which hilar lymphadenopathy such as malignant lymphoma or sarcoidosis, and displacement of interlobar fissure due to atlectasis or tuberculosis were excluded. Eighty-four of the control cases were central vein type. As a lung cancer group, 18 cases were analyzed. These cases consisted of central vein type, and interlobar lymph node enlargement was noted on operation, in the course of therapy or on enhanced CT study. The right hilum bordered by the upper lobe bronchus (medial to the orfice of B/sup 1/) and segmental bronchus (B/sup 2/ or B/sup 3/) above, central vein lateral and intermedial arterial trunk on the mediastinal side were evaluated. The shadows that obscured the inner margin of the central vein and lower margin of the upper-lobe and segmental bronchi were analyzed. The inner margin of the central vein was visible in 75 cases (89.3%) in the control group, compared to 1 (5.6%) of 18 cases in the lung cancer group. Decreased radioluceny beneath the upper lobe bronchus and segmental bronchus was found in 10 cases (11.9%) in the control, compared to 16 cases (88.9%) in the lung cancer group. In conclusion, obliteration of the inner margin of the central vein and the opacity that decreased the radiolucency extending to the peripheral side of the upper lobe bronchus are strongly suggestive of interlobar lymph node enlargement. Recognition of interlobar lymph node enlargement is useful for the staging of lung cancer and diagnosis of the disease that accompanies systemic hilar lymphadenopathy. (author).

  16. Detailed examination of lymph nodes improves prognostication in colorectal cancer.

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    Doekhie, Fania S; Mesker, Wilma E; Kuppen, Peter J; van Leeuwen, Gijs A; Morreau, Hans; de Bock, Geertruida H; Putter, Hein; Tanke, Hans J; van de Velde, Cornelis J; Tollenaar, Rob A

    2010-06-01

    Up to 30% of stage II patients with curatively resected colorectal cancer (CRC) will develop disease recurrence. We evaluated whether examination of lymph nodes by multilevel sectioning and immunohistochemical staining can improve prognostication. Lymph nodes (n = 780) from 36 CRC patients who had developed disease recurrence (cases) and 72 patients who showed no recurrence of disease for at least 5 years (controls) were analyzed. Sections of 4 levels at 200-microm interval were immunohistochemically stained for cytokeratin expression. The first level was analyzed by conventional and automated microscopy, and the 3 following levels were analyzed by automated microscopy for the presence of tumor cells. Overall, cases showed more micrometastases (3 patients) than controls (1 patient). Analysis of a second level led to the additional detection of 1 patient with micrometastases (case) and 1 patient with macrometastasis (case). Examining more levels only led to additional isolated tumor cells, which were equally divided between cases and controls. Likewise, automated microscopy resulted only in detection of additional isolated tumor cells when compared with conventional microscopy. In multivariate analysis, micrometastases [odds ratio (OR) 26.3, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.9-364.8, p = 0.015], T4 stage (OR 4.8, 95% CI 1.4-16.7, p = 0.013) and number of lymph nodes (OR 0.9, 95% CI 0.8-1.0, p = 0.028) were independent predictors for disease recurrence. Lymph node analysis of 2 levels and immunohistochemical staining add to the detection of macrometastases and micrometastases in CRC. Micrometastases were found to be an independent predictor of disease recurrence. Isolated tumor cells were of no prognostic significance.

  17. Cardiac Sarcoidosis Diagnosed by Incidental Lymph Node Biopsy.

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    Matsuda, Jun; Fujiu, Katsuhito; Roh, Solji; Tajima, Miyu; Maki, Hisataka; Kojima, Toshiya; Ushiku, Tetsuo; Nawata, Kan; Takeda, Norihiko; Watanabe, Masafumi; Akazawa, Hiroshi; Komuro, Issei

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    Cardiac involvement in systemic sarcoidosis sometimes provokes life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmia. Steroid administration is one of the fundamental anti-arrhythmia therapies. For an indication of steroid therapy, a definitive diagnosis of sarcoidosis is required.1) However, cases that are clearly suspected of cardiac sarcoidosis based on their clinical courses sometimes do not meet the current diagnostic criteria and result in the loss of an appropriate opportunity to perform steroid therapy.Here we report a case that was diagnosed as sarcoidosis by incidental biopsy of an inguinal lymph node during cardiac resuscitation for cardiac tamponade.2) While the inguinal lymph node was not swollen on computed tomography, a specimen obtained from an incidental biopsy during the exposure of a femoral vessel for the establishment of extracorporeal cardio-pulmonary resuscitation showed a non-caseating granuloma.This findings suggest a non-swelling lymph node biopsy might be an alternative strategy for the diagnosis for sarcoidosis if other standard strategies do not result in a diagnosis of sarcoidosis.

  18. Spectrum of Morphologic Changes of Lymph Nodes in HIV Infection

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    1996-06-01

    Full Text Available Cervical lymph nodes biopsies from 31 HIV positive patients (with or without AIDS were studied by histologic methods and immunohistochemistry (StreptABC staining of paraffin sections to identify cellular and extracellular matrix components. The results were the following: (1 the biopsies were included in the stages of follicular hyperplasia without fragmentation FH-FF (4 cases; follicular hyperplasia with follicular fragmentation FH+FF (16 cases; follicular involution FI (6 cases and diffuse pattern DP (5 cases; (2 the most important alteration was the germinal centers disruption due to follicle lysis, which began in the light zone; (3 there was coincidence between intrafollicular hemorrhages and segmental hyaline mycroangiopathy; (4 during the progression of the disease occurred: (a an increase in the number of mast cells, CD68+ and Mac387+ macrophages; (b a diffuse augment of collagen III, elastic fibers, laminin, fibronectin and proteoglycans; (c maintenance of Factor VIII - related antigens in the vascular endothelial cells, with decrease in the expression of Ulex-Europeus I lectin. Follicular hyperplasia (FH-FF or FH+FF was the most common histologic pattern recognized in the lymph nodes of patients without AIDS and follicular involution and difuse pattern were seen in those who had AIDS. The results indicate that the lymph node biopsies may provide important information about the evolutive stage of the disease and its prognosis.

  19. 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.

  20. In vivo and ex vivo sentinel node mapping does not identify the same lymph nodes in colon cancer.

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    Andersen, Helene Schou; Bennedsen, Astrid Louise Bjørn; Burgdorf, Stefan Kobbelgaard; Eriksen, Jens Ravn; Eiholm, Susanne; Toxværd, Anders; Riis, Lene Buhl; Rosenberg, Jacob; Gögenur, Ismail

    2017-07-01

    Identification of lymph nodes and pathological analysis is crucial for the correct staging of colon cancer. Lymph nodes that drain directly from the tumor area are called "sentinel nodes" and are believed to be the first place for metastasis. The purpose of this study was to perform sentinel node mapping in vivo with indocyanine green and ex vivo with methylene blue in order to evaluate if the sentinel lymph nodes can be identified by both techniques. Patients with colon cancer UICC stage I-III were included from two institutions in Denmark from February 2015 to January 2016. In vivo sentinel node mapping with indocyanine green during laparoscopy and ex vivo sentinel node mapping with methylene blue were performed in all patients. Twenty-nine patients were included. The in vivo sentinel node mapping was successful in 19 cases, and ex vivo sentinel node mapping was successful in 13 cases. In seven cases, no sentinel nodes were identified. A total of 51 sentinel nodes were identified, only one of these where identified by both techniques (2.0%). In vivo sentinel node mapping identified 32 sentinel nodes, while 20 sentinel nodes were identified by ex vivo sentinel node mapping. Lymph node metastases were found in 10 patients, and only two had metastases in a sentinel node. Placing a deposit in relation to the tumor by indocyanine green in vivo or of methylene blue ex vivo could only identify sentinel lymph nodes in a small group of patients.

  1. [Technical advantages of nano carbon development combined with artery approach in lymph node sorting of rectal cancer].

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    Zhao, Yuzhou; Han, Guangsen; Li, Jian; Gu, Yanhui; Ma, Pengfei; Liu, Chenyu; Huo, Mingke; Zhang, Junli; Cao, Yanghui; Zhang, Shijia

    2017-06-25

    To explore the technical advantages of nano carbon development combined with artery approach in lymph node sorting of rectal cancer. From December 2015 to June 2016, 70 patients with of rectal cancer in General Surgery Department of Henan Cancer Hospital were randomly divided into nano carbon development combined with artery approach group(artery approach group) and conventional group. Specimen of artery approach group was placed on the sorting table. Anatomy was performed from the root of inferior mesenteric artery to left colonic artery, sigmoid artery and superior rectal artery. Along the arterial vessel shape, the black-stained lymph nodes and non-stained lymph nodes (perhaps pink, pale yellow, white or pale brown) were examined carefully using visual and haptic combination method for identification of lymph node. From the root of inferior mesenteric artery, central lymph nodes were sorted. Along the vessel shape, vascular lymph nodes were sorted. Intestinal lymph nodes around the rectum were examined as well. Then, specimen was reversed on the sorting table and underwent sorting as above after the examination of obverse. The conventional group received routine method. The total number, the average harvested number, the number of positive lymph nodes and the number of patients with lymph nodes less than 12 were compared between two groups. Among 70 cases, 37 were male and 33 were female with the median age of 57(32-88) years old. Dixon resection was performed in 46 cases, and Miles resection in 24 cases. Total sorting lymph node was 1 105, including 641 of artery approach group and 464 of control group with significant difference (t=20.717, P=0.000). Lymph node sorting time of artery approach group was (12.6±3.9) minutes, which was shorter than (18.2±4.1) minutes of control group (t=12.464, P=0.000). In artery approach group, number of lymph node with diameter less than 5 mm was 142, sorting rate was 22.2%(142/641), of which 29 were positive(20.4%). In

  2. Factors influencing sentinel lymph node identification failure in breast cancer surgery

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    Straalman, K.; Kristoffersen, U.S.; Galatius, H.

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate potential risk factors for failed sentinel lymph node identification in breast cancer surgery. Patient characteristics, tumour characteristics, surgeon experience and detection success/failure were registered at 748 sentinel lymph node biopsy procedures...... at our inpatient clinic. Data were analysed with backward stepwise multiple logistic regression with a cut-off point of psentinel lymph node detection rate....... Tumour size, palpability and biopsy method were not significantly associated with the sentinel lymph node detection rate. In conclusion, it is possible to identify patients with a higher risk of sentinel lymph node identification failure and we recommend that these patients are operated by experienced...

  3. Risk prediction and clinical model building for lymph node metastasis in papillary thyroid microcarcinoma

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    Lin DZ

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Dao-zhe Lin,1,* Ning Qu,2,3,* Rong-liang Shi,2,3 Zhong-wu Lu,2,3 Qing-hai Ji,2,3 Wei-li Wu1 1Department of Surgical Oncology, Rui’an People’s Hospital, Third Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, 2Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, 3Department of Oncology, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: The surgical management of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC, especially regarding the necessity of central/lateral lymph node dissection, remains controversial. This study investigated the clinicopathologic factors predictive of lymph node metastasis (LNM in patients diagnosed with PTMC. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used for PTMC patients identified from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database who were treated by surgery between 2002 and 2012, to determine the association of clinicopathologic factors with LNM. According to the results, a total of 31,017 patients met the inclusion criteria of the study. Final histology confirmed 2,135 (6.9% cases of N1a disease and 1,684 cases (5.4% of N1b disease. Our multivariate logistic regression analysis identified variables associated with both central LNM and lateral lymph node metastasis (LLNM, including a younger age (<45 years, male sex, non-Hispanic white and other race, classical papillary histology, larger tumor size, multifocality, and extrathyroidal extension; distant metastasis was also significantly associated with LLNM. The significant predictors identified from multivariable logistic regression were integrated into a statistical model that showed that extrathyroidal extension had maximum weight in the predictive role for LNM. LLNM was validated to be a significant risk factor for cancer-specific death in Cox regression analyses, whereas central LNM failed to predict a worse cancer

  4. Non-visualization of sentinel lymph nodes in penile carcinoma

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    Kroon, Bin K.; Horenblas, Simon [Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Urology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Valdes Olmos, Renato [Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Nieweg, Omgo E. [Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Surgery, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2005-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyse the incidence and cause of non-visualization of sentinel lymph nodes on preoperative lymphoscintigrams for penile cancer and its implications for further management. Preoperative lymphoscintigraphy was performed after injection of {sup 99m}Tc-labelled nanocolloid in 123 clinically node-negative penile carcinoma patients. Anterior dynamic lymphoscintigraphy was performed during 20 min immediately after tracer injection. Subsequently, 5-min anterior and lateral static images were obtained 30 min and 2 h post injection. Lymphatic drainage to both groins was seen in 98 patients (79%), unilateral drainage in 23 patients (19%) and no drainage at all in two patients (2%). Thus, in 27 (11%) of 246 groins, no sentinel node was visualized. The amount of administered tracer dose was associated with non-visualization (p=0.01). Unilateral drainage was initially interpreted as a normal physiological phenomenon. After the occurrence of a tumour-positive node in a non-visualized groin, we explore non-visualized groins by blue dye mapping and intraoperative palpation. Sentinel nodes were retrieved in four out of eight such groins, of which one contained metastasis. In penile carcinoma patients, preoperative lymphoscintigraphy visualizes a sentinel node in 89% of groins. Visualization depends on the administered tracer dose. It is worthwhile to explore non-visualized groins. Sentinel nodes can be intraoperatively identified in more than half of these cases. (orig.)

  5. Cost analysis of sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma.

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    Martínez-Menchón, T; Sánchez-Pedreño, P; Martínez-Escribano, J; Corbalán-Vélez, R; Martínez-Barba, E

    2015-04-01

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is the most useful tool for node staging in melanoma. SLNB facilitates selective dissection of lymph nodes, that is, the performance of lymphadenectomy only in patients with sentinel nodes positive for metastasis. Our aim was to assess the cost of SLNB, given that this procedure has become the standard of care for patients with melanoma and must be performed whenever patients are to be enrolled in clinical trials. Furthermore, the literature on the economic impact of SLNB in Spain is scarce. From 2007 to 2010, we prospectively collected data for 100 patients undergoing SLNB followed by transhilar bivalving and multiple-level sectioning of the node for histology. Our estimation of the cost of the technique was based on official pricing and fee schedules for the Spanish region of Murcia. The rate of node-positive cases in our series was 20%, and the mean number of nodes biopsied was 1.96; 44% of the patients in the series had thin melanomas. The total cost was estimated at between €9486.57 and €10471.29. Histopathology accounted for a considerable portion of the cost (€5769.36). The cost of SLNB is high, consistent with amounts described for a US setting. Optimal use of SLNB will come with the increasingly appropriate selection of patients who should undergo the procedure and the standardization of a protocol for histopathologic evaluation that is both sensitive and easy to perform. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and AEDV. All rights reserved.

  6. Immune complexes stimulate CCR7-dependent dendritic cell migration to lymph nodes

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    Clatworthy, Menna R.; Aronin, Caren E. Petrie; Mathews, Rebeccah J.; Morgan, Nicole; Smith, Kenneth G.C.; Germain, Ronald N.

    2014-01-01

    Antibodies are critical for defence against a variety of microbes but may also be pathogenic in some autoimmune diseases. Many effector functions of antibody are mediated by Fcγ receptors (FcγRs), which are found on most immune cells, including dendritic cells (DCs). DCs are important antigen presenting cells and play a central role in inducing antigen-specific tolerance or immunity1,2. Following antigen acquisition in peripheral tissues, DCs migrate to draining lymph nodes via lymphatics to present antigen to T cells. In this study we demonstrate that FcγR engagement by IgG immune complexes (IC) stimulates DC migration from peripheral tissues to the paracortex of draining lymph nodes. In vitro, IC-stimulated murine and human DCs showed enhanced directional migration in a CCL19 gradient and increased CCR7 expression. Using intravital two-photon microscopy, we observed that local administration of IC resulted in dermal DC mobilisation. We confirmed that dermal DC migration to lymph nodes was CCR7-dependent and increased in the absence of the inhibitory receptor, FcγRIIb. These observations have relevance to autoimmunity, because autoantibody-containing serum from mice and humans with SLE also increased dermal DC migration to lymph nodes in vivo, suggesting that this process may occur in lupus, potentially driving the inappropriate localisation of autoantigen-bearing DCs. PMID:25384086

  7. Sentinel Node Ratio as a Predictor of Non-sentinel Lymph Node Involvement

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    Reza Parsaei

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB has replaced axillary lymph node dissection (ALND in early breast cancer patients as the first line surgical approach to axillary nodes. Further dissection is performed only when SLN is involved by tumor cells. However, in a significant proportion of patients, non-sentinel nodes are still not involved and axillary dissection has no additional therapeutic benefits. Selective axillary clearance has been considered to prevent unnecessary dissection. The purpose of this study was to define predictors of non-sentinel lymph node involvement in patients with positive SLNB.Methods: Patients with early stage breast cancer and positive SLNB who underwent ALNDin a referral hospital in Tehran, Iran between2010 and 2012 were recruited into the study. Relations between different clinico-pathological characteristics and involvement of non-sentinel nodes were investigated.Results: From 139 patients who had positive SLNB and underwent ALND, only in 71 cases (51% positive non-sentinel lymph nodes (NSLNs were detected. In univariate analysis, there was no association between tumor size, lymphovascular invasion, ER, PR and HER-2 expression and NSLN metastasis. In contrast, presence of more than one SLN (P = 0.016 and a sentinel node ratio (SNR more than 0.5 showed a significant association (P< 0.001. Only the latter remained as the significant predictor of NSLN involvement in mutltivariate analysis (P < 0.001, OR = 3.706.Conclusions: Based on our results, patients with a SNR more than 0.5 were more commonly diagnosed with NSLN metastasis. Thus, it is recommended that surgeons think twice before skipping ALND in this subgroup of patients.

  8. Gray-scale contrast-enhanced utrasonography in detecting sentinel lymph nodes: An animal study

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    Wang Yuexiang, E-mail: wangyuexiang1999@sina.co [Department of Ultrasound, Chinese People' s Liberation Army General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing 100853 (China); Cheng Zhigang, E-mail: qlczg@sina.co [Department of Ultrasound, Chinese People' s Liberation Army General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing 100853 (China); Li Junlai, E-mail: junlai555@sina.co [Department of Ultrasound, Chinese People' s Liberation Army General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing 100853 (China); Tang Jie, E-mail: txiner@vip.sina.co [Department of Ultrasound, Chinese People' s Liberation Army General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing 100853 (China)

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    Objective: To investigate the usefulness of gray-scale contrast-enhanced ultrasonography for detecting sentinel lymph nodes. Methods: Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography was performed in five normal dogs (four female and one male) after subcutaneous administration of a sonographic contrast agent (Sonovue, Bracco, Milan, Italy). Four distinct regions in each animal were examined. After contrast-enhanced ultrasonography, 0.8 ml of blue dye was injected into the same location as Sonovue and the sentinel lymph nodes were detected by surgical dissection. The findings of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography were compared with those of the blue dye. Results: Twenty-one sentinel lymph nodes were detected by contrast-enhanced ultrasonography while 23 were identified by blue dye with surgical dissection. Compared with the blue dye, the detection rate of enhanced ultrasonography for the sentinel lymph nodes is 91.3% (21/23). Two patterns of enhancement in the sentinel lymph nodes were observed: complete enhancement (5 sentinel lymph nodes) and partial enhancement (16 sentinel lymph nodes). The lymphatic channels were demonstrated as hyperechoic linear structures leading from the injection site and could be readily followed to their sentinel lymph nodes. Histopathologic examination showed proliferation of lymphatic follicles or lymphatic sinus in partial enhanced sentinel lymph nodes while normal lymphatic tissue was demonstrated in completely enhanced sentinel lymph nodes. Conclusions: Sonovue combined with gray-scale contrast-enhanced ultrasonography may provide a feasible method for detecting sentinel lymph nodes.

  9. [Lymph node mapping and axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy in 243 invasive breast cancers with no palpable nodes. The south Lyon hospital center experience].

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    Bobin, J Y; Spirito, C; Isaac, S; Zinzindohoue, C; Joualee, A; Khaled, M; Perrin-Fayolle, O

    2000-11-01

    To evaluate the effect of intraoperative lymph node mapping and sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND) on the axillary staging of patients with N0 breast carcinoma. Two techniques were used: blue dye alone (Evans Blue and Patent Blue) and combined technique (blue dye and isotope). The incidence of axillary node metastasis in axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) and SLND was compared prospectively. Multiple sections of each SLN were examined by HPS staining and immunohistochemical techniques. Two sections of each non sentinel node in ALND specimens were examined by routine HPS staining. 243 patients underwent ALND after SLN biopsy. The SLN detection rate was 225/243 cases (92.59%): 89.94% with blue dye alone and 100% with the combined technique. The false-negative rate was less than 2%. SN biopsy is an accurate staging technique for N0 breast cancer. SLN biopsy with multiple sections and immunohistochemical staining of the SLN can identify significantly more patients with lymph node metastases than ALND with routine HPS staining.

  10. [Transoral resection of thyroid cancer metastasis to retropharyngeal lymph node].

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    Laccourreye, L; Breheret, R; Rohmer, V; Dubin, J; Bizon, A

    2008-12-01

    Retropharyngeal lymph node metastasis from papillary thyroid carcinoma is uncommon. Traditional extirpative procedures include cervical, cervical-parotid, and transmandibular approaches. The authors report the case of a patient with a retropharyngeal node metastasis originating from papillary carcinoma of the thyroid gland that was successfully removed by a transoral approach. A 49-year-old man presented for removal of a retropharyngeal lymph node metastasis measuring 21 mm x 27 mm from papillary thyroid carcinoma. Surgical excision was performed through a transoral approach using a surgical navigation system to assess the location of the node precisely. The postoperative course was uneventful with return to a normal diet on the first postoperative day and hospital discharge on the second postoperative day. Three months after surgery, TSH-stimulated thyroglobulin was undetectable. The transoral approach to retropharyngeal space is a reliable procedure with low morbidity compared to other approaches. The limited surgical access provided by this approach should limit its use to removal of well-circumscribed lesions not invading adjacent structures.

  11. Clinicopathologic Predictive Factors of Cervical Lymph Node Metastasis in Differentiated Thyroid Cancer.

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    Sun, Ronghao; Zhang, Hua; Liu, Kun; Fan, Jinchuan; Li, Guojun; Song, Xicheng; Li, Chao

    2017-11-18

    Cervical lymph node metastasis (LNM) has been proven to be a predictor for locoregional recurrence in differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC). Clinicopathological features could be effective predictive factors for central and lateral LNM of DTC, and provide references to surgeons for cervical neck dissection. Retrospective analysis of clinicopathological data was performed on 420 patients who underwent initial surgery from 2010 to 2015. The incidence of central and lateral LNM was calculated. Of 420 patients, 247 (58.8%) exhibited central LNM, and 185 (44.1%) exhibited lateral LNM. There were 29 (6.9%) cases confirmed to have skip metastasis. Univariate and multivariate analysis revealed that tumour location, tumour size, multifocality, capsular invasion, affected lobes, and age were independent predictors of central LNM. Tumour location, capsular invasion, affected lobes, and tumour size were independent predictors of lateral LNM. Our findings suggest that tumour location, affected lobes, capsular invasion, age, tumour size and multifocality may be taken as predictive factors for cervical LNM of DTC. Meticulous perioperative evaluation of cervical LNM and prophylactic cervical lymph node dissection that aims to remove the occult lymph nodes may be an option for DTC with risk factors. Copyright © 2017. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U.

  12. Contrast-enhanced endoscopic ultrasound in discrimination between benign and malignant mediastinal and abdominal lymph nodes.

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    Hocke, Michael; Menges, Markus; Topalidis, Theodor; Dietrich, Christoph F; Stallmach, Andreas

    2008-04-01

    Enlarged lymph nodes in the mediastinum reflect neoplastic, infectious or other diseases. The classification of these nodes is crucial in the management of the patient. Currently, only invasive measures obtaining tissue samples reach satisfying specificity. Contrast-enhanced endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) may offer a non-invasive alternative. A total of 122 patients (age: 63 +/- 15 years, 92 males, 30 females) with enlarged mediastinal and/or paraaortic lymph nodes diagnosed by CT scan were included in the study. EUS-guided fine needle aspiration was performed and cytologic specimens were diagnosed as representing a malignant or benign process in case of Papanicolau IV and V, or Papanicolau I and II, respectively. Based on cytology results, the investigated lymph nodes were classified as neoplastic (n = 48) or non-neoplastic lymph nodes. Using the B-mode criteria the preliminary diagnosis was confirmed in 64 out of 74 benign lymph nodes (specificity 86%). Regarding malignant lymph nodes 33 of 48 were confirmed (sensitivity 68%). Using the advanced contrast-enhanced EUS criteria the diagnosis was confirmed in 68 of 74 benign lymph nodes (specificity 91%). However, in case of malignant lymph nodes the number of correct diagnoses dropped to 29 of 48 lymph nodes (sensitivity 60%). The contrast-enhanced EUS criteria to identify benign lymph nodes and node enlargement in malignant lymphoma do not differ. If those ten patients with malignant lymphoma are excluded, the sensitivity of the contrast enhanced EUS for malignant lymph nodes rises to 73%. Contrast-enhanced EUS improves the specificity in diagnosing benign lymph nodes as compared to B-mode EUS. It does not improve the correct identification of malignant lymph nodes and cannot replace EUS-guided fine-needle aspiration.

  13. Severe paradoxical reaction requiring tracheostomy in a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-negative patient with cervical lymph node tuberculosis.

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    Park, In-Suh; Son, Dongwook; Lee, Chanwoo; Park, Jae Eun; Lee, Jin-Soo; Cheong, Moon-Hyun; Kim, Young Mo

    2008-10-31

    During drug treatment of tuberculous lymphadenitis, paradoxical response (PR) may occasionally occur. Continued treatment or lymph node aspiration improves PR without severe sequelae. However, we report a case of severe PR in a patient with cervical lymph node tuberculosis causing airway obstruction due to retropharyngeal lymph node swelling during antituberculous treatment. Tracheostomy and drainage of the node were performed to secure the airway. Possible airway obstruction due to PR must be suspected when cervical lymph node tuberculosis involves the retropharyngeal lymph node.

  14. Reduction in the size of enlarged pelvic lymph nodes after chemoradiation therapy is associated with fewer lymph node metastases in locally advanced rectal carcinoma.

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    Morimoto, Mitsuaki; Miyakura, Yasuyuki; Lefor, Alan T; Takahashi, Kazuya; Horie, Hisanaga; Koinuma, Koji; Tanaka, Hiroyuki; Ito, Homare; Shimizu, Tetsuichiro; Kono, Yoshihiko; Sata, Naohiro; Fukushima, Noriyoshi; Sakatani, Takashi; Yasuda, Yoshikazu

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    We hypothesized that a reduction in the size of the lymph nodes after neoadjuvant therapy for locally advanced rectal carcinoma would be associated with decreased lymph node metastases and/or a better prognosis. Between March 2006 and April 2012, 71 patients with primary rectal cancer received neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy (CRT). For all lymph nodes 5 mm or larger in size, the major and minor axes were measured on CT scan images, and the product was calculated. The lymph node size was determined before and after CRT. The patients were divided into three groups based on the lymph node size before and after treatment. Group A exhibited a reduction in size of 60% or more, Group B a reduction of less than 60% and Group C had no lymph node enlargement before treatment. The incidence of lymph node metastases on pathological examination was 15% in Group A and 50% in Group B (p = 0.006). The five-year disease-free survival in Group A was 84% compared with 78% in Group B (log rank p = 0.34). The five-year overall survival in Group A was 92% compared with 74% in Group B (log rank p = 0.088). A reduction in the size of enlarged lymph nodes after neoadjuvant therapy may be a useful prognostic factor for recurrence and survival.

  15. 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

    2015-01-01

    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...

  16. Correlation between retroperitoneal lymph node size and presence of metastases in nonseminomatous germ cell tumors.

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    Hudolin, Tvrtko; Kastelan, Zeljko; Knezevic, Nikola; Goluza, Eleonora; Tomas, Davor; Coric, Marijana

    2012-02-01

    Eighty-five patients had staging laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (L-RPLND) for nonseminomatous germ cell tumors at our institution. The largest lymph node size was measured and presence or absence of metastatic disease was determined. A total of 1139 lymph nodes have been removed and in 27 (31.8%) patients, metastases in one or more lymph nodes were detected. There were 338 (29.7%) hilar, 259 (22.7%) paraaortic, 221 (19.4%) interaortocaval, 171 (15%) paracaval, 133 (11.7%) preaortic and 17 (1.5%) precaval lymph nodes. The total number of lymph nodes with metastases was 74 (6.5%), and 1065 (93.5%) nodes did not have any metastases. The average size of a lymph node with metastases was 1.05 (0.3-3), and without metastases it was 0.55 (0.1-2.5) cm, (p 1 cm size of a lymph node as a "cut-off" value for enlargement and presence of metastases, 60% of metastatic lymph nodes would be missed since they were all ≤ 1 cm. Our results have shown that decreasing size of lymph nodes which are considered positive from > 1 cm to 0.7 -0.8 cm can be recommended, with specificity and sensitivity equal 70%.

  17. Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection as First-Line Treatment of Node-Positive Seminoma.

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    Hu, Brian; Shah, Swar; Shojaei, Sepehr; Daneshmand, Siamak

    2015-08-01

    The long-term morbidity associated with treating advanced seminoma can be significant. Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) has established oncologic efficacy in treating germ cell tumors with minimal long-term toxicity. We describe our experience with RPLND as a front-line treatment of lymph node-positive seminoma. We reviewed our institutional review board-approved testicular cancer database to find the patients with pure seminoma and isolated retroperitoneal lymph node disease who had undergone primary RPLND. The clinical and pathologic variables were obtained. The follow-up data were used to determine recurrence and death. Four patients with a mean age of 37 years were identified. All patients had normal tumor markers and retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy measuring 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, and 5.5 cm before RPLND. Of the 4 patients, 3 had had seminoma diagnosed at orchiectomy and 1 (with a 5.5-cm retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy and a burned out primary testicular mass) had had seminoma diagnosed at RPLND after 2 nondiagnostic retroperitoneal biopsies. All patients had undergone nerve-sparing, template, extraperitoneal RPLND and were discharged home after 3 days. An average of 3 positive lymph nodes were found. Of the 4 patients, 3 had pathologic stage IIA and 1 stage IIB disease, with no patient undergoing adjuvant therapy. At a mean follow-up period of 25 months, no patient had experienced disease recurrence, and none had died. All patients maintained antegrade ejaculation, and no long-term complications had developed. Our small series has demonstrated encouraging oncologic efficacy for RPLND as a primary treatment of retroperitoneal lymph node-positive seminoma. A multi-institutional phase II trial of RPLND for stage IIA seminoma is being developed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Contrast CT-scan for preoperative planning of VSLN (vascularized submental lymph-node) transfer.

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    Mullan, Damian; Kosutic, Damir

    2017-01-01

    Vascularized submental lymph-node (VSLN) transfer is gaining popularity as a reliable donor-site in microsurgical treatment of lymphedema. However, variations in number, location, and blood supply to submental lymph-nodes as well as associate skin-paddle make a predictable flap harvest a challenging task. We analyzed this region on preoperative imaging, to improve accuracy of VSLN transfers. Contrast CT-scan analysis of VSLN-flap areas was performed in 58 patients. Number and location of visibly vascularized lymph nodes as well as submental artery perforators were identified, documented, and compared. About 409 lymph-nodes were found in 50 patients. No significant difference was found in the number of nodes between the right and left side. Significantly more lymph-nodes were found in zones 1B than zones 1A. In eight patients nodes were not identified. In the remaining 50 patients position of the visibly vascularized submental lymph-node was predictable. Significantly less lymph-nodes can be found in zone 1a then zone 1b. Location of visibly vascularized lymph nodes can be identified predictably in relation to bony landmarks. Blood supply to 1a nodes and particularly location of dominant skin perforator is unpredictable due to potential crossover. Contrast CT scan can help identify location and blood supply to submental lymph-nodes in most patients. J. Surg. Oncol. 2017;115:23-26. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of the stomach with lymph node metastasis

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    Nalbant Olcay

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Lymph node (LN metastasis of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST is unusual. Unlike gastric adenocarcinomas, routine lymphadenectomy is not recommended unless there is no suspicion for LN metastasis. Herein, we report a case of GIST of the stomach with LN metastasis treated with distal gastrectomy with perigastric LN dissection followed by adjuvant imatinib therapy. Case presentation A 32-year-old female presented with anemia. Diagnostic investigations including thoracoabdominopelvic computed tomography (CT scan and gastroscopy revealed a 8 cm gastric antral submucosal tumor without any metastasis. Enlarged periantral LNs were detected during laparotomy and patient underwent distal gastrectomy with en bloc perigastric LN dissection. Pathologic investigation revealed antral stromal tumor with high mitotic and Ki-67 index. Lymph node metastasis was observed in 7 of 12 resected perigastirc nodes. Immunohistochemically, tumor cells were positive for CD117. She was diagnosed as high grade gastric GIST due to the presence of LN metastasis, large tumor size and unfavorable histopathologic features thus underwent adjuvant imatinib treatment (400 mg, daily. No recurrence or metastasis has been detected during a 12-month of postoperative follow-up. Conclusion Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment in patients with localized, resectable GISTs. Although lymphatic metastasis rarely occurs in patients with GIST, LN dissection should be considered for patients with any suspicion of nodal metastasis. Adjuvant imatinib treatment is recommended according to the well defined prognostic factors.

  20. Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of the stomach with lymph node metastasis.

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    Canda, Aras Emre; Ozsoy, Yucel; Nalbant, Olcay Ak; Sagol, Ozgul

    2008-09-05

    Lymph node (LN) metastasis of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) is unusual. Unlike gastric adenocarcinomas, routine lymphadenectomy is not recommended unless there is no suspicion for LN metastasis. Herein, we report a case of GIST of the stomach with LN metastasis treated with distal gastrectomy with perigastric LN dissection followed by adjuvant imatinib therapy. A 32-year-old female presented with anemia. Diagnostic investigations including thoracoabdominopelvic computed tomography (CT) scan and gastroscopy revealed a 8 cm gastric antral submucosal tumor without any metastasis. Enlarged periantral LNs were detected during laparotomy and patient underwent distal gastrectomy with en bloc perigastric LN dissection. Pathologic investigation revealed antral stromal tumor with high mitotic and Ki-67 index. Lymph node metastasis was observed in 7 of 12 resected perigastirc nodes. Immunohistochemically, tumor cells were positive for CD117. She was diagnosed as high grade gastric GIST due to the presence of LN metastasis, large tumor size and unfavorable histopathologic features thus underwent adjuvant imatinib treatment (400 mg, daily). No recurrence or metastasis has been detected during a 12-month of postoperative follow-up. Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment in patients with localized, resectable GISTs. Although lymphatic metastasis rarely occurs in patients with GIST, LN dissection should be considered for patients with any suspicion of nodal metastasis. Adjuvant imatinib treatment is recommended according to the well defined prognostic factors.

  1. The importance of tattoo pigment in sentinel lymph nodes.

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    Soran, Atilla; Menekse, Ebru; Kanbour-Shakir, Amal; Tane, Kaori; Diego, Emilia; Bonaventura, Marguerite; Johnson, Ronald

    2017-07-06

    The presence of pigment in axillary lymph nodes (LN) secondary to migration of tattoo ink can imitate the appearance of a blue sentinel lymph node (SLN) on visual inspection, causing the operator to either miss the true SLN or excise more than is needed. We present patients with tattoos ipsilateral to an early stage breast cancer who underwent a SLN biopsy. Patients were retrospectively reviewed from medical records and clinicopathologic data was collected. A total of 52 LNs were retrieved from 15 patients for sentinel mapping and 29 of them had tattoo pigmentation on pathologic evaluation. Of those 29 SLNs, 2 of them (6.9%) were pigmented, but did not contain either blue dye or Tc-99m (pseudopigmented SLN). Two (3.8%) SLNs were positive for metastasis; both of these had either blue dye or Tc99m uptake, and 1 demonstrated tattoo pigment in the node. In this cohort of patients with ipsilateral tattoos, removed more LNs lead to unnecessary excision which may important for increasing the risk of arm morbidity from SLN biopsy. However, the presence of tattoo pigment did not interfere with understaging for axillary mapping and it did not effect of pathological identification of SLNs positivity.

  2. Selective sentinel lymph node biopsy in male breast cancer.

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    Martin-Marcuartu, J J; Alvarez-Perez, R M; Sousa Vaquero, J M; Jimenez-Hoyuela García, J M

    2017-12-12

    To evaluate the reproducibility of the sentinel lymph node (SLN) technique in male breast cancer. We retrospectively analysed 21 male patients diagnosed with breast cancer in our hospital from 2008 to 2016 with, at least, 18 months follow-up. Fifteen patients underwent selective sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) following the usual protocols with peritumoral injection of 18.5-111MBq of 99mTc-nanocoloides and acquisition of planar images 2hours after the injection. In 2 cases it was necessary to perform a SPECT/CT to locate the SLN. Immunohistochemistry and molecular techniques (OSNA) were used for their analysis. Six patients did not undergo SLNB because they had pathological nodes or distant disease at the time of diagnosis. SLNB was performed in 15 patients. The SLN was negative in 6 patients and positive in the remaining 9. Three patients with positive SLNB did not need axillary lymphadenectomy because of the low number of copies by molecular analysis OSNA. Axillary lymphadenectomy was performed in the remaining 6 patients with the result of 4 positive axillary lymphadenectomies and 2 that did not show further extension of the disease. According to our experience, SLNB in males is a reproducible, useful, safe and reliable technique which avoids unnecessary axillary lymphadenectomy and prevents the appearance of undesirable effects. Copyright © 2017. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U.

  3. Survival benefit of greater number of lymph nodes dissection for advanced node-negative gastric cancer patients following radical gastrectomy.

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    He, Hongyong; Shen, Zhenbin; Wang, Xuefei; Qin, Jing; Sun, Yihong; Qin, Xinyu

    2016-01-01

    A common clinicopathological factor except for T stage that could significantly influence the clinical outcome of advanced node-negative gastric cancer patients following radical gastrectomy was unknown. This study was designed to investigate the clinicopathological characteristics of these patients, and to evaluate the outcome indicators and improve the risk stratification. A total of 195 patients harboring advanced gastric adenocarcinoma with no lymph node and distant metastases and following radical gastrectomy were retrospectively analyzed from the prospectively collected database of Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University between 2006 and 2010. The 3-year and 5-year overall survival rates of this study population were 85.0 and 69.6%. Factors influencing the overall survival were the degree of tumor differentiation, the depth of invasion and the number of lymph nodes resected (LN, cutoff = 18). Lymph node was recognized as an independent prognostic factor for overall survival of advanced node-negative gastric cancer patients, and the prognosis of the patients with greater number of lymph nodes resected (LN ≥ 18) was significantly better than those with lymph node patients with T3/T4 stage could be significantly stratified by lymph node. Based on this condition, a new staging system named tumor-node-metastasis staging system for T3/T4 node-negative gastric cancer was constructed, which could have statistically different overall survival between subgroups. Lymph node was an independent prognostic factor of patients with advanced node-negative gastric cancer, and retrieval of more than 18 lymph nodes should be warranted. In addition, these patients with lesser number of lymph nodes resected might need aggressive postoperative treatment and closer follow-up. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  4. The Effects of Hashimoto Thyroiditis on Lymph Node Metastases in Unifocal and Multifocal Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

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    Zhu, Feng; Shen, Yi Bin; Li, Fu Qiang; Fang, Yun; Hu, Liang; Wu, Yi Jun

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the risk factors for central and lateral neck lymph node metastases in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and multifocal papillary thyroid carcinoma (MPTC), particularly when associated with Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT). A retrospective analysis of 763 consecutive patients who underwent total thyroidectomy with bilateral central neck dissection in the First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University between October 2011 and October 2014 was conducted. All patients had formal histological diagnoses of HT. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was performed to identify risk factors of neck lymph node metastases. Our study identified 277 PTC patients with HT and showed comparatively low rates of central lymph node metastases (CLNM) compared with the PTC patients without HT (37.2% versus 54.7%, P thyroid peroxidase antibody >140 IU/mL was established as the most sensitive and specific level for the prediction of MPTC based on receiver operating characteristic curve analyses. Thyroid peroxidase antibody, age, tumor size, and multifocality exhibited the ability to predict CLNM in PTC with HT patients with an area under the curve of 81.1% based on a multivariate model. Hashimoto thyroiditis was associated with increased prevalences of multifocality and capsular invasion. In contrast, HT was associated with a reduced risk of CLNM in PTC and MPTC patients, which indicated a potential protective effect. We found that the prognostic prediction model was applicable for predicting multifocality and CLNM in PTC patients with HT. PMID:26871795

  5. The diagnostic utility of ultrasonography, CT and PET/CT for the preoperative evaluation of cervical lymph node metastasis inpapillary thyroid cancer patients

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    Kim Young Sang; Lee, Tae Hyun; Park, Dong Hee [Dept. of Radiology, Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-08-15

    To compare the diagnostic utility of ultrasonography (US), CT and positron emission tomography/CT (PET/CT) in the preoperative evaluation of cervical lymph node metastasis in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma. The study population consisted of 300 patients with pathologically diagnosed papillary thyroid carcinoma after thyroidectomy and neck dissection. Preoperative US, CT, and PET/CT findings were compared with pathologic outcomes after thyroidectomy and neck dissection. Sensitivity in detecting central lymph node metastasis (US 29.9%, CT 27.9%, PET/CT 18.8%) was lower than that for lateral lymph node metastasis (US 56.3%, CT 66.2%, PET/CT 43.7%). Specificity in detecting central lymph node metastasis (US 80.6%, CT 77.7%, PET/CT 83.0%) was lower than that for lateral lymph node metastasis (US 96.8%, CT 80.6%, PET/CT 95.2%). The combination of US and CT had higher specificity (77.3%) and higher sensitivity (33.1%) than US alone. PET/CT has no significant additional benefit over the combination of US and CT. In preoperative evaluations of neck lymph node metastasis, US and CT and PET/CT are more useful in lateral lymph node areas than in central lymph node areas. The combination of US and CT has higher sensitivity than US alone.

  6. Quantifying the number of lymph nodes identified in one-stage versus two-stage axillary dissection in breast cancer

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    Damgaard, Olaf E; Jensen, Maj-Britt; Kroman, Niels

    2013-01-01

    To establish whether a different number of lymph nodes is identified in a delayed versus an immediate axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) in breast cancer patients.......To establish whether a different number of lymph nodes is identified in a delayed versus an immediate axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) in breast cancer patients....

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

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    2012-01-01

    Background 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. Methods 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). Results 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. Conclusions 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. PMID:22695536

  8. Prognostic Value of the Lymph Node Ratio in Rectal Cancer

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    Mehmet Ince

    2014-08-01

    Materials and Methods: A total of 130 patients who had rectal adenocarcinoma and who underwent surgery between 1996 and 2011 were included in this study. Age, gender, serum carcinoembryonic antigen, type of surgery, and pathological features were retrieved retrospectively. Cut-off values for LNR were 1/12, 1/4, and 1/2; patients were stratified into four groups according to this ratio. The relationship between disease-free survival (DFS and overall survival (OS and LNR was investigated. Cumulative survival curves were calculated by the Kaplan Meier method, and survival differences between groups were calculated by the log-rank test. Results: The mean number of lymph nodes examined was 11.5+/-8. In 75 of all patients (57.7%, fewer than 12 lymph nodes were harvested. Seventy-six patients (58.5% were evaluated as N0, 35 (26.9% were N1, and 19 (14.6% were N2. The number of patients in these LNR groups was 87 (66.9%, 13 (10%, 17 (13.1%, and 13 (10%, respectively. The 5-year survival rate was found to be 72.3% in the LNR1 group, 55.6% in the LNR2 group, 44.4% in the LNR3 group, and 22.2% in the LNR4 group. The difference in OS and DFS rates was significant (p<0.001 for both. Conclusion: The LNR for rectal cancer has a prognostic effect on both DFS and OS. Thus, it may be beneficial for adjuvant therapy decisions, especially in patients with an insufficient number of dissected lymph nodes. [Arch Clin Exp Surg 2014; 3(4.000: 207-212

  9. Clinical implications of axillary sentinel lymph node 'micrometastases' in breast cancer.

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    Krauth, J-S; Charitansky, H; Isaac, S; Bobin, J-Y

    2006-05-01

    The aim of this study was to determine, from a series of cases, the frequency and prognostic factors of invasion of non-sentinel lymph nodes when the axillary sentinel lymph node contains a metastasis < or =2 mm, and thereby select a population in which completion axillary dissection could be omitted. Between July 1996 and July 2003, 62 patients, which axillary sentinel lymph node contained a metastasis < or =2 mm had an evaluation of the axillary non-sentinel lymph nodes. Eleven patients had also an evaluation of internal mammary lymph nodes. Eleven patients had axillary non-sentinel lymph node invasion: six by metastases < or =2 mm and five by macrometastases. When internal mammary lymph nodes were also concerned, nodal invasion apart from the axillary sentinel lymph node was seen in 14 patients. Vascular lymphatic invasion was the only factor, statistically significant, linked to non-sentinel lymph node invasion (p = 0.02). Whatever the size or method of histological detection (pN1mi or pN0(i+)), the presence of a metastasis < or =2 mm in the axillary sentinel lymph node leads us to carry out completion axillary dissection to optimize staging and loco-regional control of the disease.

  10. Cross-Disciplinary Analysis of Lymph Node Classification in Lung Cancer on CT Scanning.

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    El-Sherief, Ahmed H; Lau, Charles T; Obuchowski, Nancy A; Mehta, Atul C; Rice, Thomas W; Blackstone, Eugene H

    2017-04-01

    Accurate and consistent regional lymph node classification is an important element in the staging and multidisciplinary management of lung cancer. Regional lymph node definition sets-lymph node maps-have been created to standardize regional lymph node classification. In 2009, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) introduced a lymph node map to supersede all preexisting lymph node maps. Our aim was to study if and how lung cancer specialists apply the IASLC lymph node map when classifying thoracic lymph nodes encountered on CT scans during lung cancer staging. From April 2013 through July 2013, invitations were distributed to all members of the Fleischner Society, Society of Thoracic Radiology, General Thoracic Surgical Club, and the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology to participate in an anonymous online image-based and text-based 20-question survey regarding lymph node classification for lung cancer staging on CT imaging. Three hundred thirty-seven people responded (approximately 25% participation). Respondents consisted of self-reported thoracic radiologists (n = 158), thoracic surgeons (n = 102), and pulmonologists who perform endobronchial ultrasonography (n = 77). Half of the respondents (50%; 95% CI, 44%-55%) reported using the IASLC lymph node map in daily practice, with no significant differences between subspecialties. A disparity was observed between the IASLC definition sets and their interpretation and application on CT scans, in particular for lymph nodes near the thoracic inlet, anterior to the trachea, anterior to the tracheal bifurcation, near the ligamentum arteriosum, between the bronchus intermedius and esophagus, in the internal mammary space, and adjacent to the heart. Use of older lymph node maps and inconsistencies in interpretation and application of definitions in the IASLC lymph node map may potentially lead to misclassification of stage and suboptimal management of lung

  11. Predictors of non-sentinel lymph node metastasis in breast cancer patients with positive sentinel lymph node (Pilot study).

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    Eldweny, Hany; Alkhaldy, Khaled; Alsaleh, Noha; Abdulsamad, Majda; Abbas, Ahmed; Hamad, Ahmad; Mounib, Sherif; Essam, Tarek; Kukawski, Pawel; Bobin, Jean-Yves; Oteifa, Medhat; Amanguono, Henney; Abulhoda, Fawaz; Usmani, Sharjeel; Elbasmy, Amany

    2012-03-01

    Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy (SLNB) procedure was found to be an accurate method of staging the axilla in patients with early stage breast cancer. The standard of care for breast cancer patients with positive SLN metastasis includes complete Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (ALND). However, in 40-70% of patients, the SLN is the only involved axillary node. Factors predicting non SLN metastasis should be identified in order to define subgroups of patients with positive SLN in whom the axilla may be staged by SLNB alone. To identify the factors predicting metastatic involvement of the non-SLNs in breast cancer patients having SLN metastasis. Data were collected and analyzed from 80 patients with early stage invasive breast cancer (T1, T2, N0, M0) who underwent SLNB at the Surgical Oncology Department, Kuwait Cancer Control Center (KCCC) between November 2004 and February 2009. SLNB was performed using a combined technique (radioactive colloid, and blue dye) in the majority of cases. In some cases, only one technique was used. Complete ALND was performed in the case of failure of SLN identification and in patients with positive SLN. Multiple variables (patient, tumor, and SLN characteristics) were tested as possible predictors of nonsentinel lymph node metastasis. The mean age of patients at diagnosis was 46.6years. The median tumor size was 2cm. The SLN identification rate was 96.2% (77 out of 80 patients). The SLN was positive in 24 patients (31%), and half of these showed evidence of capsular invasion. The median number of SLNs removed was two. The median number of positive SLNs was one. The incidence of non-SLN metastasis associated with positive SLN was 50% (12 out of 24 patients). Lymphovascular invasion was found to be the only factor associated with non-SLN metastases. In addition, two trends were observed, though they did not reach the statistical significance: the first is that the majority of patients having capsular invasion of the SLN (8 out of 12 patients

  12. A human lymph node in vitro--challenges and progress.

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    Giese, Christoph; Demmler, Christian D; Ammer, Richard; Hartmann, Stefan; Lubitz, Annika; Miller, Lilja; Müller, Riccarda; Marx, Uwe

    2006-10-01

    Extracorporeal human lymphatic organs are expected to be excellent tools in the study of human molecular and cellular bases of the immunologic balance and tissue harmony. A rational approach and process to design a device and a procedure to recreate the human lymph node environment in vitro is described with emphasis on T-cell activation. Based on this approach, a bioreactor and a process supporting self-assembly of human lymphatic tissues due to proper emulation of human architecture and homeostasis could be developed.

  13. Extensive pathological analysis of selected melanoma sentinel lymph nodes

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    Riber-Hansen, Rikke; Sjoegren, Pia; Hamilton-Dutoit, Stephen Jacques

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Extensive pathological workup of sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) in melanoma detects more patients with metastasis-positive SLNs than do routine protocols, but at the cost of high laboratory workloads. We aimed to design a protocol that reduced this workload without compromising metastasis...... detection. METHODS: We analyzed 920 SLNs from 321 consecutive patients with melanoma by complete step sectioning and immunohistochemistry. We designed different models to theoretically reduce the number of histological sections examined and compared the results from these simulations with results obtained...

  14. In vivo and ex vivo sentinel node mapping does not identify the same lymph nodes in colon cancer

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    Andersen, Helene Schou; Bennedsen, Astrid Louise Bjørn; Burgdorf, Stefan Kobbelgaard

    2017-01-01

    sentinel node mapping in vivo with indocyanine green and ex vivo with methylene blue in order to evaluate if the sentinel lymph nodes can be identified by both techniques. METHODS: Patients with colon cancer UICC stage I-III were included from two institutions in Denmark from February 2015 to January 2016....... In vivo sentinel node mapping with indocyanine green during laparoscopy and ex vivo sentinel node mapping with methylene blue were performed in all patients. RESULTS: Twenty-nine patients were included. The in vivo sentinel node mapping was successful in 19 cases, and ex vivo sentinel node mapping...... mapping. Lymph node metastases were found in 10 patients, and only two had metastases in a sentinel node. CONCLUSION: Placing a deposit in relation to the tumor by indocyanine green in vivo or of methylene blue ex vivo could only identify sentinel lymph nodes in a small group of patients....

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

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

    2014-01-01

    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......) is a non-expensive, accessible and non-ionising imaging modality this method is not consistently used. This study aimed to investigate if addition of US of patients classified as clinically LN negative (cN0) by CT and/or MRI, increases the detection of LN metastases. Also, we aimed to identify which...... of the sonographic characteristics: echogenicity, border, shape, appearance of hilum and nodal blood-flow pattern best detect metastases in this patient group. METHOD: Fifty-one patients with OSCC classified as cN0 by CT/MRI were consecutively included and prospectively examined with US prior to sentinel node biopsy...

  16. Lymph node status in different molecular subtype of breast cancer: triple negative tumours are more likely lymph node negative.

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    Liu, Ning; Yang, Zhigang; Liu, Xiaozhen; Niu, Yun

    2017-08-15

    To investigate the association between different molecular subtype (MST) and the axillary lymph nodal (ALN) status. A total of 528 female patients with primary breast cancer were collected. Survival estimates were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method, univariate and multivariate logistic regression models. Triple negative and Luminal A breast cancers were more frequently node-negative (N0) when compared to Luminal B and Her-2 positive cancers (77.4% and 73.4% vs. 45.3% and 40.0%, respectively; P P = 0.001) and Luminal B (P Triple negative (P = 0.070) and Luminal A subtype (P = 0.660). On the other hand, we detected no prognostic diffreence among different MST in N1 and N3 subgroups (P = 0.569 and P = 0.484, respectively). Multivariate analysis showed that lymph node status (P P P Triple negative breast cancer is not associated more frequently with a higher number of involved nodes. The prognosis nomogram can predict the probability of recurrence patients within 3 or 5 years.

  17. Initial results of imaging melanoma metastasis in resected human lymph nodes using photoacoustic computed tomography

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    Jose, Jithin; Grootendorst, Diederik J.; Vijn, Thomas W.; Wouters, Michel W.; van Boven, Hester; van Leeuwen, Ton G.; Steenbergen, Wiendelt; Ruers, Theo J. M.; Manohar, Srirang

    2011-09-01

    The pathological status of the sentinel lymph node is important for accurate melanoma staging, ascertaining prognosis and planning treatment. The standard procedure involves biopsy of the node and histopathological assessment of its status. Drawbacks of this examination include a finite sampling of the node with the likelihood of missing metastases, and a significant time-lag before histopathological results are available to the surgeon. We studied the applicability of photoacoustic computed tomographic imaging as an intraoperative modality for examining the status of resected human sentinel lymph nodes. We first applied the technique to image ex vivo pig lymph nodes carrying metastases-simulating melanoma cells using multiple wavelengths. The experience gained was applied to image a suspect human lymph node. We validated the photoacoustic imaging results by comparing a reconstructed slice with a histopathological section through the node. Our results suggest that photoacoustics has the potential to develop into an intraoperative imaging method to detect melanoma metastases in sentinel lymph nodes.

  18. 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.

  19. First Experiences of Photoacoustic Imaging for Detection of Melanoma Metastases in Resected Human Lymph Nodes

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    Grootendorst, Diederik; Jose, J.; Wouters, M.W.; van Boven, H.H.; van der Hage, J.A.; ten Haken, Bernard; van Leeuwen, Ton; Steenbergen, Wiendelt; Manohar, Srirang; Ruers, Theo J.M.

    2012-01-01

    Background and Objective: Excision and histological assessment of the first draining node (sentinel lymph node) is a frequently used method to assess metastatic lymph node involvement related to cutaneous melanoma. Due to the time required for accurate histological assessment, nodal status is not

  20. 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

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    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. Copyright © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Implications of para-aortic lymph node metastasis in patients with endometrial cancer without pelvic lymph node metastasis.

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    Todo, Yukiharu; Takeshita, Sho; Okamoto, Kazuhira; Yamashiro, Katsushige; Kato, Hidenori

    2017-09-01

    The aim of this study was to confirm the incidence and implications of a lymphatic spread pattern involving para-aortic lymph node (PAN) metastasis in the absence of pelvic lymph node (PLN) metastasis in patients with endometrial cancer. We carried out a retrospective chart review of 380 patients with endometrial cancer treated by surgery including PLN dissection and PAN dissection at Hokkaido Cancer Center between 2003 and 2016. We determined the probability of PAN metastasis in patients without PLN metastasis and investigated survival outcomes of PLN-PAN+ patients. The median numbers of PLN and PAN removed at surgery were 41 (range: 11-107) and 16 (range: 1-65), respectively. Sixty-four patients (16.8%) had lymph node metastasis, including 39 (10.3%) with PAN metastasis. The most frequent lymphatic spread pattern was PLN+PAN+ (7.9%), followed by PLN+PAN- (6.6%), and PLN-PAN+ (2.4%). The probability of PAN metastasis in patients without PLN metastasis was 2.8% (9/325). The 5-year overall survival rates were 96.5% in PLN-PAN-, 77.6% in PLN+PAN-, 63.4% in PLN+PAN+, and 53.6% in PLN-PAN+ patients. The likelihood of PAN metastasis in endometrial cancer patients without PLN metastasis is not negligible, and the prognosis of PLN-PAN+ is likely to be poor. The implications of a PLN-PAN+ lymphatic spread pattern should thus be taken into consideration when determining patient management strategies.

  2. The migration of lymphocytes across the vascular endothelium in lymph nodes: a scanning electron microscopic study.

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    Nishi, M; Hamada, N; Nomura, H; Mastueda, M; Aiko, T

    1979-03-01

    Endothelial cells of Postcapillary Venules (PCV) and the passage of lymphocytes through the wall of PCV were investigated with Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) in mesenteric lymph nodes of rats. Individual endothelial cells of PCV in the lymph node did not have flat surface or were not typically cubic, but swelled at the central part assuming a foot ball-like shape. Circulating lymphocytes are considered to migrate into lymphatic tissues through the wall of PCV from the blood stream. Two hypotheses, inter-endothelial cell passage and intra-endothelial cell passage, have been proposed. The three-dimensional studies on lymphocytes passing the wall with SEM confirmed that migrating lymphocytes pushes their way through the intercellular space with pressing the adjoining endothelial cells from beginning to end, supporting the former hypothesis. Invasion of lymphocytes into endothelial cells were not observed.

  3. Clinical significance of the metastatic lymph-node ratio in early gastric cancer.

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    Kunisaki, Chikara; Makino, Hirochika; Akiyama, Hirotoshi; Otsuka, Yuichi; Ono, Hidetaka A; Kosaka, Takashi; Takagawa, Ryo; Nagahori, Yutaka; Takahashi, Masazumi; Kito, Fumihiko; Shimada, Hiroshi

    2008-03-01

    The metastatic lymph-node ratio has important prognostic value in gastric cancer; this study focused on its significance in early gastric cancer. In total, 1,472 patients with early gastric cancer underwent curative gastrectomy between 1992 and 2001. Of these, 166 (11.3%) had histologically proven lymph-node metastasis. Prognostic factors were identified by univariate and multivariate analyses. Metastasis was evaluated using the Japanese Classification of Gastric Carcinoma (JGC) and the Union Internationale Contre le Cancer/Tumor, Node, Metastasis (UICC/TNM) Classification. The metastatic lymph-node ratio was calculated using the hazard ratio. The cut-off values for the metastatic lymph-node ratio were set at 0, or=0.15 to or=0.30. The numbers of dissected and metastatic lymph nodes were correlated, but the number of dissected lymph nodes and the metastatic lymph-node ratio was not related. The JGC and UICC/TNM classification demonstrated stage migration and heterogeneous stratification for disease-specific survival. The metastatic lymph-node ratio showed less stage migration and homogenous stratification. The metastatic lymph-node ratio may be a superior method of classification, which provides also accurate prognostic stratification for early gastric cancer patients.

  4. Normal mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes in children on multi-detector row chest computed tomography

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    Jong, Pim A. de; Nievelstein, Rutger-Jan A. [University Medical Center Utrecht and Wilhelmina Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2012-02-15

    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.)

  5. APPLICATION OF IMAGING METHODS IN THE DIAGNOSTICS OF MALIGNANT NECK LYMPH NODES

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    Slađana Petrović

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The presence of malignant lymph nodes in the neck is a prognostic factor in planocellular carcinomas of the head and neck which are the most common primary tumors of this region. Determination of neck lymph nodes involvement is necessary for deciding on surgical treatment and planning chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Metastases in the neck lymph nodes reduce patient survival to a half. Localization of metastatic lymph nodes, their number and size are also very important factors which correlate with distant metastases. Besides clinical examination which includes inspection and palpation of the neck, the diagnostics of metastatic neck lymph nodes also uses imaging techniques: ultrasound (US, computerized tomography (CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. Precision and reliability of these methods depends on the application of adequate radiological criteria in the diagnostics of malignant lymph nodes of the neck.

  6. Lymphedema following axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer.

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    Sakorafas, George H; Peros, George; Cataliotti, Luigi; Vlastos, George

    2006-11-01

    Lymphedema is a relatively common, potentially serious and unpleased complication after axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) for breast cancer. It may be associated with functional, esthetic, and psychological problems, thereby affecting the quality-of-life (QOL) of breast cancer survivors. Objective measurements (preferentially by measuring arm volumes or arm circumferences at predetermined sites) are required to identify lymphedema, but also subjective assessment can help to determine the clinical significance of any volume/circumference differences. Lymphedema per se predisposes to the development of other secondary complications, such as infections of the upper limb, psychological sequelae, development of malignant tumors, alterations of the QOL, etc. The risk of lymphedema is associated with the extent of ALND and the addition of axillary radiation therapy. Treatment involves the application of therapeutic measures of the so-called decongestive lymphatic therapy. Prevention is of key importance to avoid lymphedema formation. The application of the sentinel lymph node biopsy in the management of breast cancer has been associated with a reduced incidence of lymphedema formation.

  7. M. tuberculosis in Lymph Node Biopsy Paraffin-Embedded Sections

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    Abdurehman Eshete

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Tuberculosis lymphadenitis is one of the most common forms of all extrapulmonary tuberculosis. Objective. To evaluate the magnitude of M. tuberculosis from lymph node biopsy paraffin-embedded sections among suspected patients visiting the Jimma University Specialized Hospital. Method. A cross-sectional study design of histological examination among lymph node biopsy paraffin-embedded sections by Ziehl-Neelsen and hematoxylin/eosin staining technique was conducted from December, 2009, to October, 2010, at the Department of Medical Laboratory Science and Pathology. Result. Histopathological examination of the specimens by hematoxylin and eosin staining technique revealed the presence of granulomas. But for the caseation and necrosis they were present in 85% cases of nodal tissue biopsies. From those, 56.7% were from females. The presence of acid-fast bacilli was microscopically confirmed by ZN staining in 37 (61.7% of the nodal tissue biopsies. Conclusion and Recommendation. Tuberculosis lymphadenitis is significantly more common in females. Hence, attention should be given for control and prevention of extrapulmonary tuberculosis.

  8. Popliteal sentinel lymph node involvement in melanoma patients.

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    Bertolli, Eduardo; Bevilacqua, José Luiz Barbosa; Molina, André Sapata; de Macedo, Mariana Petaccia; Pinto, Clovis Antonio Lopes; Duprat Neto, João Pedreira

    2015-08-01

    Sentinel lymph nodes (SLN) in popliteal basins are rare, and there is controversy in literature regarding their origin, management, and outcomes. To correlate clinical and pathological features of popliteal basin drainage and analyze the impact of popliteal lymph node drainage on survival. Retrospective analysis of SLN biopsies performed at a single institution between 2000 and 2010. SLN biopsies were performed in 254 patients with melanoma in lower limbs, 247 of which were evaluated. In this group, there were 59 patients (24%) with a positive SLN. Twenty-seven cases (11%) presented with popliteal drainage, one of which lacked concurrent groin drainage. Among these 27 patients, three (11%) had popliteal metastasis, one of which had exclusive involvement of this basin. Popliteal drainage was associated with worse 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) (P = 0.028) but not 5-year overall survival (OS) (P = 0.219) in univariate analysis. In multivariate analysis, Breslow thickness, mitotic index, and positive SLN were prognostic factors for DFS. Only mitotic index correlated significantly with OS (P = 0.044). Popliteal drainage seems to be associated with worse prognostic features of the primary tumor. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. 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)

    2010-01-15

    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.)

  10. Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection as Primary Treatment for Metastatic Seminoma

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    Full Text Available Reducing the long-term morbidity in testicular cancer survivors represents a major area of interest. External beam radiation therapy and systemic chemotherapy are established treatments for seminoma; however, they are associated with late toxicities such as cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and secondary malignancy. Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND is a standard treatment for nonseminomatous germ cell tumors (NSGCT that has minimal long-term morbidity. Given the efficacy of RPLND in management of NSGCT, interest has developed in this surgery as a front-line treatment for seminoma with isolated lymph node metastasis to the retroperitoneum. Four retrospective studies have shown promising results when surgery is performed for seminomas with low-volume retroperitoneal metastases. To better determine if RPLND can be recommended as a primary treatment option, two prospective clinical trials (SEMS and PRIMETEST are underway. This review will examine the literature, discuss the benefits/limitations of RPLND, and compare the methodologies of the two ongoing clinical trials.

  11. Sentinel Lymph Node Detection in Colorectal Cancer – First Experience

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    Stojanoski, Sinisa; Manevska, Nevena; Antovic, Svetozar; Pop-Gjorcheva, Daniela; Vaskova, Olivija; Miladinova, Daniela; Mileva, Magdalena

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second commonest cancer in women, the third in men, being the fourth commonest cause of cancer death. The most important factor for prognosis and staging in CRC patients is the status of the regional lymph nodes (LN). AIM: To implement the method for sentinel lymph node (SLN) detection in CRC patients using radiocolloid, and test its detection rate, sensitivity, accuracy, negative predictive value and the possibility for upstaging. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 40 CRC patients, age 63 ± 14 years, without LNs detected on CT or MRI. SLN detection was performed after endoscopically peri- and intratumoral injection of 99mTc-SENTISCINT. All patients underwent resection with systemic lymphadenectomy, and the SLNs were detected ex vivo. Pathohistology was performed to all resected LNs. RESULTS: The identification rate was 95%, the accuracy of the procedure was 92.1%, the negative predictive value was 86.95%, the sensitivity was 83.3%, and the upstage was 22.5%. CONCLUSION: Identification of SLNs in CRC patients with this method is possible and the detection rate, negative predictive value, accuracy and sensitivity are reliable. We expect to contribute in the upstaging of stage II CRC patients and the selection of appropriate oncology treatment protocols. PMID:29123574

  12. Axillary lymph node tuberculosis masquerading as inflammatory breast carcinoma in an immune-compromised patient.

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    Chikkannaiah, Panduranga; Vani, B R; Benachinmardi, Kirtilaxmi; Murthy, V Srinivasa

    2016-02-01

    While tuberculosis is still the leading opportunistic infection among human immunodeficiency virus-seropositive patients, extra-pulmonary tuberculosis is more common than pulmonary tuberculosis, with lymph nodes being a common site. Axillary lymph node pathology such as tuberculosis and lymphoma rarely mimics inflammatory breast carcinoma by producing lymphatic obstruction. We report a case of axillary lymph node tuberculosis in a 40-year-old immune-compromised woman, clinically presenting as inflammatory breast carcinoma. © The Author(s) 2015.

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

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    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.

  14. Number of evaluated lymph nodes and positive lymph nodes, lymph node ratio, and log odds evaluation in early-stage pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma: numerology or valid indicators of patient outcome?

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    Lahat, G; Lubezky, N; Gerstenhaber, F; Nizri, E; Gysi, M; Rozenek, M; Goichman, Y; Nachmany, I; Nakache, R; Wolf, I; Klausner, J M

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    We evaluated the prognostic significance and universal validity of the total number of evaluated lymph nodes (ELN), number of positive lymph nodes (PLN), lymph node ratio (LNR), and log odds of positive lymph nodes (LODDS) in a relatively large and homogenous cohort of surgically treated pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patients. Prospectively accrued data were retrospectively analyzed for 282 PDAC patients who had pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) at our institution. Long-term survival was analyzed according to the ELN, PLN, LNR, and LODDS. Of these patients, 168 patients (59.5 %) had LN metastasis (N1). Mean ELN and PLN were 13.5 and 1.6, respectively. LN positivity correlated with a greater number of evaluated lymph nodes; positive lymph nodes were identified in 61.4 % of the patients with ELN ≥ 13 compared with 44.9 % of the patients with ELN < 13 (p = 0.014). Median overall survival (OS) and 5-year OS rate were higher in N0 than in N1 patients, 22.4 vs. 18.7 months and 35 vs. 11 %, respectively (p = 0.008). Mean LNR was 0.12; 91 patients (54.1 %) had LNR < 0.3. Among the N1 patients, median OS was comparable in those with LNR ≥ 0.3 vs. LNR < 0.3 (16.7 vs. 14.1 months, p = 0.950). Neither LODDS nor various ELN and PLN cutoff values provided more discriminative information within the group of N1 patients. Our data confirms that lymph node positivity strongly reflects PDAC biology and thus patient outcome. While a higher number of evaluated lymph nodes may provide a more accurate nodal staging, it does not have any prognostic value among N1 patients. Similarly, PLN, LNR, and LODDS had limited prognostic relevance.

  15. Postmastectomy lymphedema: long-term results following microsurgical lymph node transplantation

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    Becker, Corinne; Assouad, Jalal; Riquet, Marc; Hidden, Geneviève

    2006-01-01

    Lymphedema complicating breast cancer treatment remains a challenging problem. The purpose of this study was to analyze the long-term results following microsurgical lymph node (LN) transplantation...

  16. Tuberculosis axillary lymph node coexistent breast cancer in adjuvant treatment: case report.

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    Bromberg, Silvio Eduardo; Amaral, Paulo Gustavo Tenório do

    2015-01-01

    Coexistence of breast cancer and tuberculosis is rare. In most cases, involvement by tuberculosis occurs in axillary lymph nodes. We report a case of a 43-years-old patient who had undergone adenomastectomy and left sentinel lymph node biopsy due to a triple negative ductal carcinoma. At the end of adjuvant treatment, the patient had an atypical lymph node in the left axilla. Lymph node was excised, and after laboratory analysis, the diagnosis was ganglion tuberculosis. The patient underwent treatment for primary tuberculosis. The development of these two pathologies can lead to problems in diagnosis and treatment. An accurate diagnosis is important to avoid unnecessary surgical procedures.

  17. Factors influencing sentinel lymph node identification failure in breast cancer surgery

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    Straalman, Kristina; Kristoffersen, Ulrik S; Galatius, Hanne

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate potential risk factors for failed sentinel lymph node identification in breast cancer surgery. Patient characteristics, tumour characteristics, surgeon experience and detection success/failure were registered at 748 sentinel lymph node biopsy procedures....... Tumour size, palpability and biopsy method were not significantly associated with the sentinel lymph node detection rate. In conclusion, it is possible to identify patients with a higher risk of sentinel lymph node identification failure and we recommend that these patients are operated by experienced...

  18. Upstaging of early colorectal cancers following improved lymph node yield after methylene blue injection

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    Jepsen, Rikke Karlin; Ingeholm, Peter; Lund, Eva Charlotte Løbner

    2012-01-01

    Jepsen R K, Ingeholm P & Lund E L (2012) Histopathology 61, 788-794 Upstaging of early colorectal cancers following improved lymph node yield after methylene blue injection Aims:  To evaluate whether the use of intra-arterial methylene blue injection improves lymph node yield, and to determine...... concerning tumour characteristics, lymph node count, number of positive lymph nodes and success of methylene injection had been prospectively collected in accordance with the department's ongoing registration. The method was easy to implement and perform with a high rate of success (86%). The number...

  19. Cervical Lymph Node Metastasis as the Primary Presentation of Prostatic Cancer: A Rare Case Report

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    Bita Geramizadeh

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Cervical and supraclavicular lymph nodes metastases generally arise from carcinomas of the head and neck. Metastases to cervical lymph nodes from the prostate are very rare. The common site for lymph node metastasis from the prostate is infradiaphrag- matic. Herein, we report a 69 year-old male who presented with cervical lymph node enlargement in the setting of prostate cancer. This type of presentation although rare, may warrant investigating the prostate as a source of metastasis in cases where the head and neck are free from carcinoma.

  20. 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)

    2014-08-06

    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.)

  1. Limitations of lymph node ratio, evidence-based benchmarks, and the importance of a thorough lymph node dissection in melanoma.

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    Grotz, Travis E; Huebner, Marianne; Pockaj, Barbara A; Perkins, Sarah; Jakub, James W

    2013-12-01

    Stage III melanoma is currently stratified by number of lymph nodes (LNs) involved. However, given the variability of LN retrieval counts we hypothesize that lymph node ratio (LNR) may also provide prognostic information. Retrospective cohort study of 411 patients with stage III melanoma were divided into two groups based on LNR (analysis N stage (N3 vs. N1, hazard ratio [HR] = 2.13, p 8 inguinal, >15 axillary, or >20 cervical LNs examined had fewer same nodal basin recurrences (26 [8 %] vs. 20 [20 %], p = 0.0009) and for N1 patients an improved OS (3-year OS 84 % vs. 76 %, 10-year OS 53 % vs. 34 %, p = 0.06) compared with N1 patients who had fewer LNs examined. LNR is an important prognostic factor in stage III melanoma; however, it was not independent over the current AJCC TNM staging system. Diligence by the surgeon and pathologist to retrieve and examine >8 inguinal, >15 axillary, or >20 cervical LNs is associated with fewer same nodal basin recurrences and improved survival and is critical to reliable prognostication.

  2. Pathologically Benign Lymph Nodes Can Mimic Malignancy on Imaging in Patients With Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma

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    Ulaner, Gary A; Healey, John H; Athanasian, Edward A

    2017-01-01

    .... We found that several of our patients with AFH presented with radiologically suspicious local lymph nodes that were sampled because of their imaging characteristics, but the nodes proved to be benign...

  3. Lymph node metastases do not impact survival in follicular variant papillary thyroid cancer.

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    Schneider, David F; Elfenbein, Dawn; Lloyd, Ricardo V; Chen, Herbert; Sippel, Rebecca S

    2015-01-01

    Follicular variant of papillary thyroid cancer (FVPTC) is the most common and fastest growing subtype of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) with features of both PTC and follicular thyroid cancer (FTC). The purpose of this study was to determine the patient and tumor features associated with lymph node metastases (LNM) in FVPTC. This was a retrospective review of adult (≥18) patients with histologically confirmed diagnoses of FVPTC within the SEER database between 1988 and 2009. LNM were defined by at least two lymph nodes with metastatic disease. To determine factors associated with LNM, we constructed a multivariate logistic regression model from significant variables (p Cox proportional hazards model to understand the relative importance of LNM in determining disease-specific mortality (DSM). Of the 20,357 cases of FVPTC with lymph node data available, 1,761 (8.7%) had LNM; 61.1% of these LNM were located in the central neck and 38.9% were in the lateral neck. Extrathyroidal extension (odds ratio [OR] 2.6, 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.2-3.0, p 4 cm (hazards ratio [HR] 5.3, 95% CI 2.2-12.8, p extension (HR 8.2, 95% CI 3.0-22.0, p < 0.01) were the strongest predictors of DSM. LNM occur in less than 10% of patients with FVPTC but do not impact DSM. Instead, DSM in FVPTC is related to size and local invasion.

  4. Malignant adenomyoepithelioma of the breast with lymph node metastasis: a detailed immunohistochemical study.

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    Awamleh, Ahlam A; Gudi, Mihir; Shousha, Sami

    2012-01-01

    Malignant adenomyoepithelioma of the breast is a rare tumour with around 30 cases reported in the literature. Metastases associated with these tumours are usually haematogenous. Axillary lymph node metastases are thought to be unusual, and it has been recently suggested that axillary node dissection is not indicated unless clinically palpable. We here present a case of a 63-year-old woman, who developed a malignant adenomyoepithelioma with axillary lymph node metastasis, that included epithelial and myoepithelial elements, in spite of the absence of clinically enlarged nodes. We suggest that histological examination of axillary sentinel node(s) or node sampling may be worthwhile in this condition.

  5. Malignant Adenomyoepithelioma of the Breast with Lymph Node Metastasis: A Detailed Immunohistochemical Study

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    Ahlam A. Awamleh

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Malignant adenomyoepithelioma of the breast is a rare tumour with around 30 cases reported in the literature. Metastases associated with these tumours are usually haematogenous. Axillary lymph node metastases are thought to be unusual, and it has been recently suggested that axillary node dissection is not indicated unless clinically palpable. We here present a case of a 63-year-old woman, who developed a malignant adenomyoepithelioma with axillary lymph node metastasis, that included epithelial and myoepithelial elements, in spite of the absence of clinically enlarged nodes. We suggest that histological examination of axillary sentinel node(s or node sampling may be worthwhile in this condition.

  6. Inverse association between visceral obesity and lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer.

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    Park, Se Woo; Lee, Hang Lak; Ju, Yong Won; Jun, Dae Won; Lee, Oh Young; Han, Dong Soo; Yoon, Byung Chul; Choi, Ho Soon; Hahm, Joon Soo

    2015-02-01

    The relationship between fat distribution and lymph node metastasis has not been well studied. The goal of this study was to determine the impact of visceral obesity on lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer. Metastatic lymph node ratio (MLR) was defined as the number of involved nodes by tumor divided by the total number of resected lymph nodes. Visceral (VFA) and subcutaneous fat areas (SFA) were determined by measuring abdominal fat volume distribution via CT scan, and visceral obesity was defined as a VFA to total fat area ratio (V/T) >0.29. With lymph node metastasis as a dependent variable, the following factors were significant in multivariate analysis among 495 patients: pathologic T stage (P obesity defined by higher visceral to total fat area ratio was significantly associated with decreased MLR.

  7. Inflammation and Tumor Microenvironment in Lymph Node Metastasis

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    Wu, Xuesong; Takekoshi, Tomonori; Sullivan, Ashley; Hwang, Sam T., E-mail: sthwang@mcw.edu [Department of Dermatology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53226 (United States)

    2011-03-01

    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.

  8. Cervical lymph node metastases from remote primary tumor sites

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    López, Fernando; Rodrigo, Juan P.; Silver, Carl E.; Haigentz, Missak; Bishop, Justin A.; Strojan, Primož; Hartl, Dana M.; Bradley, Patrick J.; Mendenhall, William M.; Suárez, Carlos; Takes, Robert P.; Hamoir, Marc; Robbins, K. Thomas; Shaha, Ashok R.; Werner, Jochen A.; Rinaldo, Alessandra; Ferlito, Alfio

    2016-01-01

    Although most malignant lymphadenopathy in the neck represent lymphomas or metastases from head and neck primary tumors, occasionally, metastatic disease from remote, usually infraclavicular, sites presents as cervical lymphadenopathy with or without an obvious primary tumor. In general, these tumors metastasize to supraclavicular lymph nodes, but occasionally may present at an isolated higher neck level. A search for the primary tumor includes information gained by histology, immunohistochemistry, and evaluation of molecular markers that may be unique to the primary tumor site. In addition, 18F-fluoro-2-deoxyglocose positron emission tomography combined with CT (FDG-PET/CT) has greatly improved the ability to detect the location of an unknown primary tumor, particularly when in a remote location. Although cervical metastatic disease from a remote primary site is often incurable, there are situations in which meaningful survival can be achieved with appropriate local treatment. Management is quite complex and requires a truly multidisciplinary approach. PMID:26713674

  9. Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection in Locally Recurrent Breast Cancer

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    Uth, Charlotte Caspara; Christensen, Mette Haulund; Oldenbourg, Mette Holmqvist

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the use of sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND) in the treatment of patients with locally recurrent breast cancer. A total of 147 patients with locally recurrent breast cancer were included from five different breast surgery departments in Denmark. Data...... on previous breast and axillary surgery, adjuvant treatment, second operation in the breast and axilla, and lymphoscintigraphy were collected retrospectively from the original patient files. SLND after recurrence (SLNDAR) was successful in 72 of 144 patients (50 %). The detection rate was significantly higher...... recurrent breast cancer and can spare a clinically significant number of patients an unnecessary ALND and the following risk of sequelae. In patients who had previous ALND, SLNDAR identified metastases that would have been overlooked following the current guidelines. A large proportion of patients had...

  10. Risk factors for prolonged treatment of lymph node tuberculosis.

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    Lanoix, J-P; Guimard, T; Ettahar, N; Grannec, A; Flateau, C; Chapuzet, C; Bentayeb, H; Tattevin, P; Schmit, J-L

    2012-01-01

    Lymph node tuberculosis (LNTB) is the most frequent form of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). Randomised, controlled trials have convincingly demonstrated that 6 months of chemotherapy is sufficient for most drug-susceptible LNTB. We performed a retrospective, multicentric study from 1997 to 2010 to describe factors associated with prolonged anti-tuberculosis treatment in patients with LNTB. Of 126 patients diagnosed with LNTB, 22 (17.5%) were human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected. The median treatment duration was 9 months (interquartile range, 6-12). Treatment was significantly longer in patients with HIV (P < 0.01), additional sites of TB (P < 0.01) or weight loss (P = 0.04). Factors independently associated with excessively lengthy treatment were HIV co-infection and the presence of other TB foci.

  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. Robot - assisted laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection in testicular tumor

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Introduction and objective Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND is indicated for patients with non-seminomatous germ cell tumor (NSGCT with residual disease after chemotherapy. Although the gold standard approach is still the open surgery, few cases of robot-assisted laparoscopic RPLND have been described. Herein, we aim to present the surgical technique for robot-assisted laparoscopic RPLND. Patient and method A 30 year-old asymptomatic man presented with left testicular swelling for 2 months. Physical examination revealed an enlarged and hard left testis. Alpha-fetoprotein (>1000ng/mL and beta-HCG (>24.000U/L were increased. Beta-HCG increased to >112.000U/L in less than one month. The patient underwent a left orchiectomy. Pathological examination showed a mixed NSGCT (50% embryonal carcinoma; 30% teratoma; 10% yolk sac; 10% choriocarcinoma. Computed tomography scan revealed a large tumor mass close to the left renal hilum (10x4x4cm and others enlarged paracaval and paraortic lymph nodes (T2N3M1S3-stage III. Patient was submitted to 4 cycles of BEP with satisfactory response. Residual mass was suggestive of teratoma. Based on these findings, he was submitted to a robot-assisted RPLND. Results RPLND was uneventfully performed. Operative time was 3.5 hours. Blood loss was minimal, and there were no intra- or postoperative complications. The patient was discharged from hospital in the 1st postoperative day. Pathological examination showed a pure teratoma. After 6 months of follow-up, patient is asymptomatic with an alpha-fetoprotein of 2.9ng/mL and an undetectable beta-HCG. Conclusion Robot-assisted laparoscopic RPLND is a feasible procedure with acceptable morbidity even for post chemotherapy patients when performed by an experienced surgeon.

  13. In vitro autoradiographic localization of angiotensin-converting enzyme in sarcoid lymph nodes

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    Allen, R.K.; Chai, S.Y.; Dunbar, M.S.; Mendelsohn, F.A.

    1986-09-01

    Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) was localized in sarcoid lymph nodes by an in vitro autoradiographic technique using a synthetic ACE inhibitor of high affinity, /sup 125/I-labelled 351A. The lymph nodes were from seven patients with active sarcoidosis who underwent mediastinoscopy and from six control subjects who had nodes resected at either mediastinoscopy or laparotomy. Angiotensin-converting enzyme was localized in the epithelioid cells of sarcoid granulomata in markedly increased amounts compared with control nodes, where it was restricted to vessels and some histiocytes. In sarcoid lymph nodes, there was little ACE present in lymphocytes or fibrous tissue. Sarcoid nodes with considerable fibrosis had much less intense ACE activity than the nonfibrotic nodes. The specific activity of ACE measured by an enzymatic assay in both the control and sarcoid lymph nodes closely reflected the ACE activity demonstrated by autoradiography. Sarcoid lymph nodes with fibrosis had an ACE specific activity of half that of nonfibrotic nodes (p less than 0.05). There was a 15-fold increase in specific ACE activity in sarcoid nodes (p less than 0.05) compared to normal. Serum ACE was significantly higher in those sarcoid patients whose lymph nodes were not fibrosed compared with those with fibrosis (p less than 0.01). This technique offers many advantages over the use of polyclonal antibodies. The 351A is a highly specific ACE inhibitor, chemically defined and in limitless supply. This method enables the quantitation of results, and autoradiographs may be stored indefinitely for later comparison.

  14. Ultrasonographic features of metastatic lymph nodes in papillary thyroid microcarinomas and macrocarcinomas

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    Shin, Young Gyung; Kang, Hee; Joh, Young Doc; Jeong, Kyung Soon; Kim, Beom Su [Dept. of Radiology, Kosin University Gospel Hospital, Busan(Korea, Republic of)

    2015-02-15

    To analyze ultrasonographic (US) features of metastatic lymph nodes (LNs) in papillary thyroid microcarcinomas (PTMC) and in papillary thyroid macrocarcinomas. The study reviewed US findings of 273 patients with pathologically confirmed papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and metastatic LNs based on the US examination. Patients were divided into two groups: PTMC and papillary thyroid macrocarcinomas. The 273 patients with PTC included 87 with PTMC and 186 with papillary thyroid macrocarcinoma. No significant difference of US features in patients with lateral neck node metastasis was found between PTMC (n = 96) and macrocarcinoma (n = 29). In central neck node metastasis, round shape was the most frequent findings in both groups (p < 0.001). There was no significant difference in US features of metastatic LNs between PTMC and papillary thyroid macrocarcinomas. Therefore, careful evaluation of the whole neck should be made.

  15. 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.

  16. Systematic regional lymph node dissection for upper tract urothelial carcinoma improves patient survival.

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    Furuse, Hiroshi; Matsushita, Yuto; Yajima, Takashi; Kato, Taiki; Suzuki, Takahisa; Matsumoto, Rikiya; Motoyama, Daisuke; Sugiyama, Takayuki; Otsuka, Atsushi; Ozono, Seiichiro

    2017-03-01

    Unlike for bladder cancer, the impact of regional lymph node dissection for upper tract urothelial carcinoma is unclear. We explored whether patient survival was influenced by systematic regional lymph node dissection, using resection templates according to the main tumor location, during radical nephroureterectomy for upper tract urothelial carcinoma. The systematic regional lymph node dissection group was defined as cases in which the dissection of nodes and surrounding tissues followed the established template, and the non-systematic regional lymph node dissection group as cases undergoing limited or no lymph node dissection. We performed radical nephroureterectomy on 98 consecutive patients with various stages of upper tract urothelial carcinoma from May 1994 to September 2014 at our institution. Of these, 77 patients with cTanyN0M0 of upper tract urothelial carcinoma undergoing radical nephroureterectomy were grouped into systematic regional lymph node dissection or non-systematic regional lymph node dissection cohorts according to the extent of dissection, and their outcomes compared. Forty-four patients were categorized as systematic regional lymph node dissection and 33 as non-systematic regional lymph node dissection, including 17 with more limited nodal dissection and 16 with no nodal dissection. Five-year recurrence-free survival and cancer-specific survival were significantly higher in the systematic regional lymph node dissection (93% and 94%, respectively) than in the non-systematic regional lymph node dissection group (75% and 77% recurrence-free survival and cancer-specific survival, respectively). Further, 5-year recurrence-free survival and cancer-specific survival of muscle-invasive upper tract urothelial carcinoma (pT2-4) were significantly higher in the systematic regional lymph node dissection (87% and 91%, respectively) than in the non-systematic regional lymph node dissection group (59% and 62%, respectively) (P = 0.0237 and P = 0

  17. [Study on the metastatic sequence of cervix lymph node in hypopharyngeal carcinoma].

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    Liu, W Z; Li, Z D; Li, S C; Liu, H W; Fang, F Q; Xu, C J; Li, Y G

    2017-12-23

    Objective: To investigate the metastatic sequence of cervical lymph node in hypopharyngeal carcinoma aimed at guiding neck exploration. Methods: Seventy-five serial sections of integrally dissected lateral neck specimens from 67 patients of hypophayryngeal carcinoma were histopathologically observed, and the metastatic sequence of cervical lymph node of hypophayryngeal carcinoma were analysed. Results: In 75 integrally dissected lateral neck specimens, 63 laterals were found to occur cervical lymph node metastases, the metastatic ratio was 84.0%. The analytic result of 63 dissected lateral neck specimens with positive lymph nodes showed that the metastatic lymph node ratio in descending order was level Ⅱ (90.5%), level Ⅲ (76.2%), level Ⅳ (41.3%), level Ⅴ (15.9%), level Ⅰ (7.9%) and level Ⅵ (3.2%). The metastatic ratio of lymph node between level Ⅰ~Ⅵ were significantly different from each other (Pcarcinoma. Conclusion: The confirmation of metastatic sequence of cervical lymph node in hypophayryngeal carcinoma provides a reliable evidence for neck lymph node dissection and reference value for clinic therapy.

  18. Paradoxical reaction associated with cervical lymph node tuberculosis: predictive factors and therapeutic management

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    Houda Chahed

    2017-01-01

    Conclusion: The occurrence of paradoxical reaction in cervical lymph node TB seems to be predicted by associated extra-lymph node TB and a swelling size ≥3 cm. The treatment of paradoxical reaction remains unclear and more randomized trials are necessary to improve its management.

  19. [Spontaneous bilateral chylothorax revealing a mediastinal and abdominal lymph node tuberculosis].

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    El Hammoumi, M M; Drissi, G; Achir, A; Benchekroun, A; Kabiri, E H; Benosman, A

    2014-06-01

    Spontaneous chylothorax is a rare condition, lymph node tuberculosis is an exceptional etiology of chylothorax, we report an exceptional case of a patient with mediastinal and abdominal lymph node tuberculosis presenting with spontaneous bilateral chylothorax treated successfully by symptomatic medical treatment and antibacillary. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Management of peripheral lymph node tuberculosis in routine practice: an unselected 10-year cohort.

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    Blaikley, J F; Khalid, S; Ormerod, L P

    2011-03-01

    The varied behaviour of tuberculous lymph nodes during TB chemotherapy can cause clinical uncertainty, resulting in prolonged courses of treatment. To investigate whether results in routine practice in Blackburn, a high-incidence tuberculosis (TB) area in England and Wales, replicated the results of the 6-month chemotherapy trial for lymph node TB conducted by the British Thoracic Society. All TB cases managed at the Blackburn Chest Clinic are recorded prospectively. Patients with lymph node TB were identified over a 10-year period. A total of 100 patients with lymph node TB were listed in the database. Fine-needle aspiration was performed in 49 patients, while 66 underwent incisional lymph node biopsy. Culture confirmation was achieved in 60 cases. Sinus and new lymph node development was comparable between our study and the BTS trial. After cessation of treatment, 10 patients developed new/enlarged lymph nodes, but further investigations revealed that only three patients had relapsed TB. The varied behaviour of lymph node TB during and after treatment causes clinical uncertainty. Six months of chemotherapy is effective for fully susceptible TB in routine clinical practice in England. Investigation of new signs is important in differentiating patients with relapsed TB from normal varied behaviour.

  1. Quantitative analysis of superparamagnetic contrast agent in sentinel lymph nodes using ex vivo vibrating sample magnetometry

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    Visscher, M.; Pouw, Joost Jacob; van Baarlen, J.; Klaase, J.M.; ten Haken, Bernard

    2013-01-01

    As the first step in developing a new clinical technique for the magnetic detection of colorectal sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs), a method is developed to measure the magnetic content in intact, formalin fixated lymph nodes using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). A suspension of superparamagnetic

  2. Morbidity after axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with cutaneous melanoma

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    de Vries, M; Vonkeman, WG; van Ginkel, RJ; Hoekstra, HJ

    Aim: In this study, the short-term and tong-term morbidity was assesed after axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) with or without completion axillary lymph node dissection (SLNB/ALND) in patients with cutaneous melanoma. Methods: Between 1995 and 2003, 119 axillary SLNBs were performed for

  3. 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

  4. Persistent postoperative pain and sensory changes following lymph node excision in melanoma patients: a topical review

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    Slagelse, Charlotte; Petersen, Karin L; Dahl, Jørgen Berg

    2014-01-01

    Studies on complications related to chronic nerve injury following sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and complete lymph node dissection (CLND) for melanoma are sparse. This review summarizes the existing literature on pain and neuropathic complications in melanoma patients undergoing SLNB with or...

  5. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer – a modified audit for ...

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    Background. Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is a technique that is widely used in the management of early breast cancer. Surgeons are encouraged to validate their initial SLNB results by performing an audit in which both a SLNB and an axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) are performed. For surgeons in solo ...

  6. 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...

  7. Lymph Node Failure Pattern and Treatment Results of Esophageal Cancer Patients Treated with Definitive Radiotherapy

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    Lee, Sun Young; Kwon, Hyoung Cheol; Kim, Jung Soo [Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Heui Kwan [The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Soo Geon [Jesushospital, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-06-15

    We evaluated the failure pattern of the celiac axis, gastric lymph node, and treatment outcome in the upper and mid-esophageal region of cancer patients treated by definitive radiotherapy, except when treating the celiac axis and gastric lymph node for treatment volume, retrospectively. Materials and Methods: The study constituted the evaluation 108 patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer receiving radiotherapy or a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Chonbuk National University Hospital from January 1986 to December 2006. In total, 82 patients treated by planned radiotherapy, except when treating the celiac axis and gastric lymph node for treatment volume, were analysed retrospectively. The study population consisted of 78 men and 2 women (mean age of 63.2 years). In addition, 51 patients received radiotherapy alone, whereas 31 patients received a combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The primary cancer sites were located in the upper portion (17 patients), and mid portion (65 patients), respectively. Further, the patients were in various clinical stages including T1N0-1M0 (7 patients), T2N0-1M0 (18 patients), T3N0-1M0 (44 patients) and T4N0-1M0 (13 patients). The mean follow up period was 15 months. Results: The various treatment outcomes included complete response (48 patients), partial response (31 patients) and no response (3 patients). The failure patterns of the lymph node were comprised of the regional lymph node (23 patients) and the distance lymph node which included celiac axis and gastric lymph node (13 patients). However, metastasis was not observed in the regional and distant lymph node in 10 patients, whereas 36 patients were not evaluated. Furthermore, of the 13 patients who developed celiac axis and gastric lymph node metastases, 3 were in stage T1N0-1M0 and 10 were in stage T2-4N0-1M0. A complete response appeared in 12 patients, whereas a partial response appeared in 1 patient. The mean survival time of the

  8. The compartments of the parenchyma of the lymph nodes in newborn bull calves of domestic cattle (Bos taurus

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    P. N. Gavrilin

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The article analyzes the features of the structure of the lymphoid lobules of the parenchyma of the superficial somatic (Limphonodi subiliaci, L. cervicales superficiales, profund somatic (L. axillares proprii L. poplitei, somatovisceral (L. iliaci mediales, L. retropharyngei mediales and visceral (L. mediastinales caudales, L. ileocolici lymph nodes of newborn bull calves of domestic cattle. To visualize clearly the boundaries of the structural components of lymphoid lobules we used the author’s modification of the impregnation of total median frozen histological sections with silver nitrate. We have established a high level of tissue differentiation of the lymph nodes, a significant development of the lymphoid parenchyma, the division of the parenchyma into lymphoid lobules, the presence in the lobules of all the main structural components that are represented by two morphotypes. The first morphotype is ribbon-like perisinusoidal cords (interfollicular zone, paracortical and medullary cords. The second morphotype is rounded lymphoid formations (central zones of deep cortex units, lymphatic nodules. Lymphoid lobules are located along the marginal sinus in one row, they are better developed and differentiated in the visceral lymph nodes. In all the lymph nodes, the lymphoid lobules have a similar histoarchitectonic, and each structural component of the lymphoid lobules has a specific architectonic of the reticular meshwork and the density of the location of the fibroblastic reticulocytes. We determined that the structures of the first morphotype which provide the migration of lymphocytes, the detection of antigens and the accumulation of plasmocytes are more developed. We have established that the relative volume of structures of the first morphotype is 4.5–8.0 times larger than the volume of the structures of the second morphotype, which provide clonal proliferation of T and B lymphocytes, especially in deep somatic lymph nodes. Among the

  9. Outcomes of Post Mastectomy Radiation Therapy in Patients Receiving Axillary Lymph Node Dissection After Positive Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

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    Stauder, Michael C., E-mail: mstauder@mdanderson.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Caudle, Abigail S. [Department of Breast Surgical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Allen, Pamela K.; Shaitelman, Simona F.; Smith, Benjamin D.; Hoffman, Karen E.; Buchholz, Thomas A. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Chavez-Macgregor, Mariana [Department of Breast Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Hunt, Kelly K.; Meric-Bernstam, Funda [Department of Breast Surgical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Woodward, Wendy A. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States)

    2016-11-01

    Purpose: We sought to determine the rate of postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) among women treated with axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) after positive sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy results and to establish the effect of negative ALND results and PMRT on locoregional recurrence (LRR) and overall survival (OS). Methods and Materials: All patients were treated with mastectomy and ALND after positive SLN biopsy results. All patients had clinical N0 or NX disease at the time of mastectomy and received no neoadjuvant therapy. The presence of lymphovascular space invasion, presence of multifocality, number of positive SLNs and non-SLNs, clinical and pathologic stage, extranodal extension, age, and use of PMRT were evaluated for significance regarding the rates of OS and LRR. Results: A total of 345 patients were analyzed. ALND after positive SLN biopsy results was negative in 235 patients (68.1%), and a total of 112 patients (32.5%) received radiation therapy. On multivariate analysis, only pathologic stage III predicted for lower OS (hazard ratio, 3.32; P<.001). The rate of 10-year freedom from LRR was 87.9% and 95.3% in patients with positive ALND results and patients with negative ALND results, respectively. In patients with negative ALND results with ≥3 positive SLNs, the rate of freedom from LRR was 74.7% compared with 96.7% in those with <3 positive SLNs (P=.009). In patients with negative ALND results, ≥3 positive SLNs predicted for an increase in LRR on multivariate analysis (hazard ratio, 10.10; P=.034). Conclusions: A low proportion of cT1-2, N0 patients with positive SLNs who undergo mastectomy receive PMRT after ALND. Even in this low-risk cohort, patients with ≥3 positive SLNs and negative ALND results are at increased risk of LRR and may benefit from PMRT.

  10. Modified methylene blue injection improves lymph node harvest in rectal cancer.

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    Liu, Jianpei; Huang, Pinjie; Zheng, Zongheng; Chen, Tufeng; Wei, Hongbo

    2017-04-01

    The presence of nodal metastases in rectal cancer plays an important role in accurate staging and prognosis, which depends on adequate lymph node harvest. The aim of this prospective study is to investigate the feasibility and survival benefit of improving lymph node harvest by a modified method with methylene blue injection in rectal cancer specimens. One hundred and thirty-one patients with rectal cancer were randomly assigned to the control group in which lymph nodes were harvested by palpation and sight, or to the methylene blue group using a modified method of injection into the superior rectal artery with methylene blue. Analysis of clinicopathologic records, including a long-term follow-up, was performed. In the methylene blue group, 678 lymph nodes were harvested by simple palpation and sight. Methylene blue injection added 853 lymph nodes to the total harvest as well as 32 additional metastatic lymph nodes, causing a shift to node-positive stage in four patients. The average number of lymph nodes harvested was 11.7 ± 3.4 in the control group and 23.2 ± 4.7 in the methylene blue group, respectively. The harvest of small lymph nodes (methylene blue group. The modified method of injection with methylene blue had no impact on overall survival. The modified method with methylene blue injection improved lymph node harvest in rectal cancer, especially small node and metastatic node retrieval, which provided more accurate staging. However, it was not associated with overall survival. © 2014 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

  11. In-situ and invasive carcinoma within a phyllodes tumor associated with lymph node metastases

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    Ross Joan

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Phyllodes tumors (cystosarcoma phyllodes are uncommon lesions in the female breast. Rarely, the occurrence of carcinoma within a phyllodes tumor has been reported in the literature, but has never been associated with lymph node metastases. Case presentation A 26-year-old woman presented with a firm, mobile, non-tender mass in the left breast and palpable lymph nodes in the left axilla. The excised lesion appeared well circumscribed and lobulated, with variable fleshy and firm areas. Microscopic examination showed a circumscribed fibroepithelial lesion with a well developed leaf-like architecture, in keeping with a benign phyllodes tumor. The epithelial component showed extensive high grade ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS and invasive carcinoma of no special type, located entirely within the phyllodes tumor. Subsequent axillary lymph node dissection revealed metastatic carcinoma in four lymph nodes. Conclusions Although rare, phyllodes tumors may harbor DCIS and invasive carcinoma, with potential for lymph node metastasis.

  12. Lymph Node Enlargement in Neck Filariasis as a Rare Cause: A Case Report

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    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Lymphatic filariasis is endemic to tropical countries and is the most common cause of acquired lymphedema in the world. Wuchereria bancrofti is the main etiological agent responsible. While the presentation of filariasis in limbs is common, isolated presentation as a single enlarged lymph node in the neck is very rare. We describe a 48-year-old Indian woman, who presented with a hard lymph node in the neck. There was no other significant lymph node enlargement. The overlying skin was erythematous, and no other findings were present on examination. Ultrasonography of the neck revealed a single enlarged lymph node in the left level 2 region, and fine-needle aspiration cytology showed microfilariae with surrounding inflammatory infiltrate. The patient was started on oral diethylcarbamazine and after 2 weeks of therapy, the lymph node enlargement in the neck subsided and the erythema was relieved.

  13. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in node-negative squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity and oropharynx.

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    Burns, P

    2012-02-01

    OBJECTIVES: Considerable controversy exists regarding the merits of elective neck dissection in patients with early stage oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. It is highly desirable to have a method of identifying those patients who would benefit from further treatment of the neck when they are clinically node-negative. The purpose of the present study was to examine the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in identifying occult neck disease in a cohort of patients with node-negative oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. DESIGN: We evaluated a total of 13 patients with oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer who were clinically and radiologically node-negative. RESULTS: A sentinel lymph node was found in all 13 patients, revealing metastatic disease in five patients, four of whom had one or more positive sentinel lymph nodes. There was one false negative result, in which the sentinel lymph node was negative for tumour whereas histological examination of the neck dissection specimen showed occult disease. CONCLUSION: In view of these findings, we would recommend the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in cases of oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, in order to aid the differentiation of those patients whose necks are harbouring occult disease and who require further treatment.

  14. Adenocarcinoma arising at a colostomy site with inguinal lymph node metastasis: report of a case.

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    Iwamoto, Masayoshi; Kawada, Kenji; Hida, Koya; Hasegawa, Suguru; Sakai, Yoshiharu

    2015-02-01

    Inguinal lymph node metastasis from adenocarcinoma arising at a colostomy site is extremely rare, and the significance of surgical resection for metastatic inguinal lymph nodes has not been established. An 82-year-old woman who had undergone abdominoperineal resection 27 years earlier was admitted to our hospital complaining of bleeding from a colostomy. Physical examination revealed that a tumor at the colostomy site directly invaded into the peristomal skin, and that a left inguinal lymph node was firm and swollen. Positron emission tomography/computed tomography scan demonstrated accumulation of (18)F-fluorodeoxy glucose into both the colostomy tumor and the left swollen inguinal lymph node, while there was no evidence of metastasis to liver or lungs. She underwent open left hemicolectomy with wide local resection of the colostomy, and dissection of left inguinal lymph nodes. Histological diagnosis was a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma that directly invaded into the surrounding skin and metastasized to the left inguinal lymph node. The patient has been followed up for >5 years without any sign of recurrence. In general, inguinal lymph node metastasis from colorectal cancers is regarded as a systemic disease with a poor prognosis, and so systemic chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but not surgical lymph node dissection, are recommended. Considering the lymphatic drainage route in the present case, inguinal lymph node metastasis does not represent a systemic disease but rather a sentinel nodal metastasis from adenocarcinoma at a colostomy site. Surgical dissection of metastatic inguinal lymph nodes should be considered to enable a favorable prognosis in the absence of distant metastasis to other organs. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  15. [Occult lymph node metastasis in the middle and lower third rectal cancer after neoadjuvant radiotherapy].

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    Wang, Hong-wei; Yao, Yun-feng; Li, Ming; Gu, Jin

    2010-03-01

    To investigate the occult lymph node metastasis in the middle and lower third rectal cancer after neoadjuvant radiotherapy. From June 2003 to December 2006, 74 rectal cancer patients received neoadjuvant radiotherapy (30 Gy/10 f/2 w, CACA-CRC-001) and underwent total mesorectal excision (TME) two weeks later. Fat clearance technique was used in all the samples. Occult lymph node metastasis was detected in the mesorectum using the anti-CK antibody. In total 1883 retrieved lymph nodes, 172 metastasis lymph nodes were harvested by HE examination with the mean diameter [(4.9+/-2.6) mm] being larger than that (2.7+/-1.4) mm of the 1711 negative nodes (Poccult metastasis was found in 40 lymph nodes (2.33%) from 24 patients. Most of these nodes were less than 5 mm (90.0%) with a mean diameter of (3.2+/-1.2)mm, smaller than those of HE-positive metastasis nodes (POccult metastasis was found in 23.1% (9/39) of HE-negative patients. Occult metastasis incidence was higher in patients with HE-positive nodes (42.8%,Poccult metastasis with tumor differentiation, age, or surgical procedures was found. There was no significant difference in recurrence-free survival between ypN(0) patients with and without occult metastasis (P=0.157). It is not necessary to include occult lymph node metastasis in the TNM staging in patients with ypN(0) rectal cancer.

  16. 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

  17. Sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer patients using fluorescence navigation with indocyanine green

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    Aoyama Kei

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There are various methods for detecting sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer. Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB using a vital dye is a convenient and safe, intraoperatively preparative method to assess lymph node status. However, the disadvantage of the dye method is that the success rate of sentinel lymph node detection depend on the surgeon's skills and preoperative mapping of the sentinel lymph node is not feasible. Currently, a vital dye, radioisotope, or a combination of both is used to detect sentinel nodes. Many surgeons have reported successful results using either method. In this study we have analyzed breast lymphatic drainage pathways using indocyanine green (ICG fluorescence imaging. Methods We examined the lymphatic courses, or lymphatic vessels, in the breast using ICG fluorescence imaging, and applied this method to SLNB in patients who underwent their first operative treatment for breast cancer between May 2006 and April 2008. Fluorescence images were obtained using a charge coupled device camera with a cut filter used as a detector, and light emitting diodes at 760 nm as a light source. When ICG was injected into the subareola and periareola, subcutaneous lymphatic vessels from the areola to the axilla became visible by fluorescence within a few minutes. The sentinel lymph node was then dissected with the help of fluorescence imaging navigation. Results The detection rate of sentinel nodes was 100%. 0 to 4 states of lymphatic drainage pathways from the areola were observed. The number of sentinel nodes was 3.41 on average. Conclusions This method using indocyanine green (ICG fluorescence imaging may possibly improve the detection rate of sentinel lymph nodes with high sensitivity and compensates for the deficiencies of other methods. The ICG fluorescence imaging technique enables observation of breast lymph vessels running in multiple directions and easily and accurately identification of sentinel lymph nodes

  18. Pathological features of lymph node metastasis for predicting biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer.

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    Carlsson, Sigrid V; Tafe, Laura J; Chade, Daher C; Sjoberg, Daniel D; Passoni, Niccolo; Shariat, Shahrokh F; Eastham, James; Scardino, Peter T; Fine, Samson W; Touijer, Karim A

    2013-04-01

    Subclassification of nodal stage may have prognostic value in men with lymph node metastasis at radical prostatectomy. We explored the role of extranodal extension, size of the largest metastatic lymph node and the largest metastasis, and lymph node density as predictors of biochemical recurrence. We reviewed pathological material from 261 patients with node positive prostate cancer. We examined the predictive value when adding the additional pathology findings to a base model including extraprostatic extension, seminal vesicle invasion, radical prostatectomy Gleason score, prostate specific antigen and number of positive lymph nodes using the Cox proportional hazards regression and Harrell concordance index. The median number of lymph nodes removed was 14 (IQR 9, 20) and the median number of positive lymph nodes was 1 (IQR 1, 2). At a median followup of 4.6 years (IQR 3.2, 6.0) 155 of 261 patients experienced biochemical recurrence. The mean 5-year biochemical recurrence-free survival rate was 39% (95% CI 33-46). Median diameter of the largest metastatic lymph node was 9 mm (IQR 5, 16). On Cox regression radical prostatectomy specimen Gleason score (greater than 7 vs 7 or less), number of positive lymph nodes (3 or greater vs 1 or 2), seminal vesicle invasion and prostate specific antigen were associated with significantly increased risks of biochemical recurrence. On subset analysis metastasis size significantly improved model discrimination (base model Harrell concordance index 0.700 vs 0.655, p = 0.032). Our study confirms that the number of positive lymph nodes is a predictor of biochemical recurrence in men with node positive disease. The improvement in prognostic value of measuring the metastatic focus warrants further investigation. Copyright © 2013 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Probability of axillary lymph node metastasis when sentinel lymph node biopsy is negative in women with clinically node negative breast cancer: a Bayesian approach.

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    Okamoto, Takahiro; Yamazaki, Kiyomi; Kanbe, Masako; Kodama, Hitomi; Omi, Yoko; Kawamata, Akiko; Suzuki, Rumi; Igari, Yuka; Tanaka, Reiko; Iihara, Masatoshi; Ito, Yukio; Sawada, Tatsuo; Nishikawa, Toshio; Maki, Masako; Kusakabe, Kiyoko; Mitsuhashi, Norio; Obara, Takao

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    Although sentinel lymph node biopsy(SLNB)is highly accurate in predicting axillary nodal status in patients with breast cancer, it has been shown that the procedure is associated with a few false negative results. The risk of leaving metastatic nodes behind in the axillary basin when SLNB is negative should be estimated for an individual patient if SLNB is performed to avoid conventional axillary lymph node dissection(ALND). A retrospective analysis of 512 women with T1-3N0M0 breast cancer was conducted to derive a prevalence of nodal metastasis by T category as a pre-test(i.e., before SLNB)probability and to examine potential confounders on the relationship between T category and axillary nodal involvement. Probability of nodal metastasis when SLNB was negative was estimated by means of Bayes' theorem which incorporated the pre-test probability and sensitivity and specificity of SLNB. Axillary nodal metastasis was observed in 6.1% of T1a-b, 25.1% of T1c, 28.7% of T2, 35.0% of T3 tumors. Point estimates for the probability of nodal involvement when SLNB was negative ranged from 0.3-1.3% for T1a-b, 1.6-6.3% for T1c, 2.0-7.5% for T2, and 2.6-9.7% for T3 tumors with representative sensitivities of 80%, 85%, 90% and 95%, respectively. The risk may be higher when the tumor involves the upper outer quadrant of the breast, while it may be lower for an underweight woman. The probability of axillary lymph node metastasis when SLNB is negative can be estimated using a Bayesian approach. Presenting the probability to the patient may guide the decision of surgery without conventional ALND.

  20. Prevalence of enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes in heavy smokers - a comparative study

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    Kirchner, Johannes; Lorenz, Vivian-Wilma [Allgemeines Krankenhaus Hagen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Hagen (Germany); Kirchner, Esther Maria [Staedtisches Klinikum Wedau, Clinic for Medicine, Duisburg (Germany); Goltz, Jan Peter; Kickuth, Ralph [University Hospital of Wuerzburg, Department of Radiology, Wuerzburg (Germany)

    2011-08-15

    To evaluate the frequency of enlarged hilar or mediastinal lymph nodes in heavy smokers (more than 10 pack years) compared with non- smokers. In a prospective study the CT findings of 88 consecutive patients (44 heavy smokers, 44 non- smokers) were analysed. Exclusion criteria were history of thoracic malignancy, sarcoidosis, occupational dust exposure or clinical evidence of pneumonia. Prevalence, size and site of enlarged lymph nodes were assessed by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and correlated with the cigarette consumption and the CT- findings of bronchitis and emphysema. Twenty-three of the 44 heavy smokers (52%) showed enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes. Non- smokers showed enlarged lymph nodes in 9% (4/44). The most common site of enlarged lymph nodes was the regional station 7 according to the ATS mapping (subcarinal). The difference between the frequency of enlarged lymph nodes in heavy smokers and non- smokers was significant (chi- square 19.3, p < 0.0001). Airway wall thickening and emphysema were often associated with an increased number of enlarged nodes. The present study demonstrates that enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes may occur in a rather high percentage of heavy smokers, especially in those with a MDCT finding of severe bronchitis. (orig.)

  1. Diagnosis of Cervical Metastatic Lymph Nodes in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma: Is CT Enhancement Useful for Diagnosing Lymph Node Metastasis?

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    Shin, Hyun Joo; Kim, Eun Kyung; Moon, Hee Jung; Kwak, Jin Young [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-09-15

    We wanted to determine the utility of CT enhancement for diagnosing metastatic lymphadenopathy in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), and especially in the lymph nodes (LNs) of the lateral neck level and that are not suspicious for metastasis on ultrasonography (US). Our study population included 34 consecutive LNs of 31 patients (25 females and 6 males, mean age: 46.7 yrs) with PTC and who had no suspicious metastatic lateral cervical LN on preoperative US, but enhancement of the lateral cervical LNs was seen on CT. To objectify the degree of enhancement, the difference of Hounsfield units between the suspicious LN and that of the ipsilateral SCM muscle was calculated. For the node-by-node analysis, marking of the corresponding LN with CT enhancement on the second look US was performed. The final assessment was attained by surgical dissection of the marked LNs. The medical records were reviewed for the patients' age and gender and the size of the LNs. Among the 34 LNs, 17 LNs were diagnosed as metastasis and 17 were benign. There was no difference in the size of the LNs between two the groups (benign and metastatic). The patients who had metastatic LNs were younger than those patients with benign LNs (p = 0.037). The incidence of metastatic LN was higher in the male patients than in the female patients (F:M = 38.5%:100%, p = 0.018). There was no statistical difference between the metastatic LNs and benign LNs according to the degree of enhancement (p = 0.953). The degree of CT enhancement is not feasible to use for diagnosing metastatic LNs in the lateral neck level in patients with PTC

  2. Predictors of sentinel lymph node metastases in breast cancer-radioactivity and Ki-67.

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    Thangarajah, Fabinshy; Malter, Wolfram; Hamacher, Stefanie; Schmidt, Matthias; Krämer, Stefan; Mallmann, Peter; Kirn, Verena

    2016-12-01

    Since the introduction of the sentinel node technique for breast cancer in the 1990s patient's morbidity was reduced. Tracer uptake is known to be dependent from lymph node integrity and activity of macrophages. The aim of this study was to assess whether radioactivity of the tracer can predict sentinel lymph node metastases. Furthermore, a potential association with Ki-67 index was examined. Non-invasive prediction of lymph node metastases could lead to a further decrease of morbidity. We retrospectively analyzed patients with primary breast cancer who underwent surgery at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the University Hospital of Cologne between 2012 and 2013. Injection of radioactive tracer was done a day before surgery in the department of Nuclear Medicine. Clinical data and radioactivity of the sentinel node measured the day before and intraoperatively were abstracted from patient's files. Of 246 patients, 64 patients had at least one, five patients had two and one patient had three positive sentinel lymph nodes. Occurrence of sentinel lymph node metastases was not associated with preoperative tracer activity (p = 0,319), intraoperative tracer activity of first sentinel node (p = 0,086) or with loss of tracer activity until operation (p = 0,909). There was no correlation between preoperative Ki-67 index and occurrence of lymph node metastases (p = 0,403). In our cohort, there was no correlation between radioactivity and sentinel node metastases. Tracer uptake might not only be influenced by lymph node metastases and does not predict metastatic lymph node involvement. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Inguinal sentinel node dissection versus standard inguinal node dissection in patients with vulvar cancer: A comparison of the size of metastasis detected in inguinal lymph nodes.

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    Robison, Katina; Steinhoff, Margaret M; Granai, C O; Brard, Laurent; Gajewski, Walter; Moore, Richard G

    2006-04-01

    The emergence of sentinel lymph node (SLN) technology has provided the ability for an in depth pathologic evaluation for the detection of metastasis to lymph nodes through the use of ultra-staging. The SLN has been shown to be predictive of the metastatic status of its nodal basin. More recently, SLN dissections have been employed in the evaluation of the inguinal lymphatic basins in patients with vulvar malignancies. We hypothesize that the average size of metastasis detected in non-palpable inguinal lymph nodes is smaller when detected through the use of SLN dissection and ultra-staging versus complete inguinal node dissection (CND). This was an IRB approved retrospective study. The tumor registry database was searched to identify all patients diagnosed with a vulvar malignancy from 1990 to 2004. The records were reviewed to identify patients with inguinal lymph node metastasis. Only patients with non-palpable inguinal lymph nodes (metastasis 1 cm or less) were included in the analysis. All pathology slides were reviewed. The smallest metastatic foci of cells were measured from lymph nodes obtained through the traditional complete inguinal lymph node dissection (CND) and compared with the largest metastatic foci of cells detected in sentinel lymph node dissections. The mean size and standard deviation for each group was calculated and analyzed with a Mann-Whitney test. There were 336 inguinal node dissections performed in patients identified with a vulvar malignancy. SLN dissections were performed in 52 groins and CND in 284 groins. Fifty-eight patients were found to have metastatic disease to the inguinal lymph nodes. Thirty of these patients had no evidence of lymph node metastasis on clinical exam or at the time of their EUA. There were 7 groins with metastasis detected through an SLN and 23 groins through a CND. The mean size of the metastatic foci detected in the SLN group was 2.52 mm (SD 1.55) and in the CND group was 4.35 mm (SD 2.63). This was not

  4. Important prognostic significance of lymph node density in patients with node positive oral tongue cancer.

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    Lieng, Hester; Gebski, Val J; Morgan, Gary J; Veness, Michael J

    2016-09-01

    Lymph node density (LND) has been described as a prognostic factor for survival in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, particularly of the oral cavity. The aim of this study was to determine the prognostic significance of LND in patients with node positive oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC). Patients with pathological node positive OTSCC were identified in a retrospective review of prospectively collected data. The optimal cut-point for LND was determined using the minimum P-value method and the log-rank test. The impact of this LND cut-point on time to disease progression and overall survival was determined. In 72 patients with OTSCC, an LND of 14.3% was found to have the greatest separation using the log-rank test (P 14.3% (hazard ratio: 3.43; 95% confidence interval: 1.76-6.70; P 14.3% (hazard ratio: 3.28; 95% confidence interval: 1.61-6.68; P = 0.001). Patients with an LND >14.3% experienced a higher rate of regional recurrence. Our findings confirm the prognostic significance of LND in patients with node positive OTSCC, with a similar LND cut-point value to other published series. Improving regional control in these high-risk patients may improve outcome. © 2016 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

  5. 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.

    2014-01-01

    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 murine models of head and neck cancer, or any other model of lymphadenopathy, is lacking. Here we utilize HF US to monitor cervical lymph nodes changes in mice following exposure to the oral cancer-inducing carcinogen 4-nitroquinoline-1-oxide (4-NQO) and in mice with systemic autoimmunity. 4-NQO induces tumors within the mouse oral cavity as early as 19 wks that recapitulate HNSCC. Monitoring of cervical (mandibular) lymph nodes by gray scale and power Doppler sonography revealed changes in lymph node size eight weeks after 4-NQO treatment, prior to tumor formation. 4-NQO causes changes in cervical node blood flow resulting from oral tumor progression. Histological evaluation indicated that the early 4-NQO induced changes in lymph node volume were due to specific hyperproliferation of T-cell enriched zones in the paracortex. We also show that HF US can be used to perform image-guided fine needle aspirate (FNA) biopsies on mice with enlarged mandibular lymph nodes due to genetic mutation of Fas ligand (Fasl). Collectively these studies indicate that HF US is an effective technique for the non-invasive study of cervical lymph node alterations in live mouse models of oral cancer and other mouse models containing cervical lymphadenopathy. PMID:24955984

  6. Ilioinguinal lymph node dissection for palpable metastatic melanoma to the groin.

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    Allan, Christopher P; Hayes, Andrew J; Thomas, J Meirion

    2008-11-01

    Block dissection of the inguinal lymph nodes is the routine management for palpable metastatic melanoma confined to this node basin. Involvement of the next tier external iliac and obturator lymph nodes in the pelvis is common, and untreated pelvic nodal disease can become advanced before becoming clinically apparent. We have routinely performed combined inguinal and pelvic (ilioinguinal) lymph node block dissection to avoid this morbid outcome. A retrospective analysis of all patients undergoing ilioinguinal lymph node dissection for melanoma between January 1998 and January 2006 was carried out. There were 72 patients with a median age of 52.7 years (19.7-75.2 years) who were followed up for a median of 28.9 months (1.0-115.0 months) after ilioinguinal lymph node dissection. There were 22 (30.6%) of 72 patients with histologically involved pelvic lymph nodes. Preoperative computed tomography (CT) scanning accuracy for pelvic lymph node involvement was as follows: sensitivity 60.0%, specificity 100.0%, positive predictive value 100.0% and negative predictive value 86.2%. Lymphoedema was reported in 32 (44.4%) of 72 patients. Median time to first recurrence was 8.7 months (0.8-69.7 months). Regional recurrence occurred in 6 (8.3%) of 72 patients at a median of 4.9 months (0.9-32.0 months). Extranodal spread was the only factor adversely associated with disease-free survival. In all patients, 5-year disease-free survival was 38% (95% confidence interval (CI) 26-50) and overall survival 47% (95% CI 33-60). Palpable metastatic melanoma in the groin is commonly associated with pelvic lymph node involvement, is not well predicted by CT scanning and is appropriately managed by ilioinguinal lymph node block dissection.

  7. ESTABLISHING MARGINAL LYMPH NODE ULTRASONOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS IN HEALTHY BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS ( TURSIOPS TRUNCATUS).

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    Martony, Molly E; Ivančić, Marina; Gomez, Forrest M; Meegan, Jennifer M; Nollens, Hendrik H; Schmitt, Todd L; Erlacher-Reid, Claire D; Carlin, Kevin P; Smith, Cynthia R

    2017-12-01

    Pulmonary disease has been well documented in wild and managed dolphin populations. The marginal lymph nodes of the dolphin thorax provide lymphatic drainage to the lungs and can indicate pulmonary disease. This study standardized a technique for rapid, efficient, and thorough ultrasonographic evaluation of the marginal lymph nodes in bottlenose dolphins ( Tursiops truncatus). Thoracic ultrasonography was performed on 29 clinically healthy adult bottlenose dolphins. Reference intervals for lymph node dimensions and ultrasonographic characteristics of marginal lymph nodes were determined from four transducer orientations: longitudinal, transverse, oblique, and an orientation optimized to the ultrasonographer's eye. The relationship between lymph node dimensions and dolphin age, sex, length, weight, origin, and management setting (pool versus ocean enclosure) were also evaluated. The mean marginal lymph nodes measured 5.26 cm in length (SD = 1.10 cm, minimum = 3.04 cm, maximum = 7.61 cm, reference interval [10th to 90th percentiles per node dimension] 3.78-6.55 cm) and 3.72 cm in depth (SD = 0.59 cm, minimum = 2.64, maximum = 5.38 cm, reference interval 2.98-4.50 cm). Sex, dolphin length, weight, and management setting had no effect on lymph node dimensions. Dolphins >30 yr of age had longer node lengths than dolphins 5-10 yr old. Node dimensions did differ between dolphins from various origins. Most commonly, the lymph node was found to be hyperechoic relative to surrounding soft tissues (98%) and to have irregular caudal borders (84%), ill-defined deep borders (83%), flat superficial border (67%), triangular or rounded triangle shape (59%), irregular cranial border (55%), and moderate heterogeneity (34%). The data reported in this study serve as a baseline reference that may contribute to earlier detection of pleural and pulmonary disease of managed and wild cetacean populations.

  8. Unicentric Castleman's Disease Arising from an Intrapulmonary Lymph Node

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    Hideki Ota

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Castleman's disease is an uncommon lymphoproliferative disorder of unknown etiology, most often involving the mediastinum. It has 2 distinct clinical forms: unicentric and multicentric. Unicentric Castleman's disease arising from an intrapulmonary lymph node is rare, and establishing a preoperative diagnosis of this disease is very difficult mainly due to a lack of specific imaging features. We report a case of intrapulmonary unicentric Castleman's disease in an asymptomatic 19-year-old male patient who was accurately diagnosed by preoperative computed tomography (CT. The mass was incidentally found on a routine chest X-ray. A subsequent dynamic CT showed a well-defined, hypervascular, soft-tissue mass with small calcifications located in the perihilar area of the right lower lung. Three-dimensional CT (3D-CT angiography indicated that the mass was receiving its blood supply through a vascular network at its surface that originated from 2 right bronchial arteries. The clinical history and CT findings were consistent with a diagnosis of unicentric Castleman's disease, and we safely and successfully removed the tumor via video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical lobectomy. This case shows that the imaging characteristics of these rare tumors on contrast-enhanced CT combined with 3D-CT angiography can be helpful in reliably establishing a correct preoperative diagnosis.

  9. Adjuvant radiation therapy in metastatic lymph nodes from melanoma

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    Penel Nicolas

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Purpose To analyze the outcome after adjuvant radiation therapy with standard fractionation regimen in metastatic lymph nodes (LN from cutaneous melanoma. Patients and methods 86 successive patients (57 men were treated for locally advanced melanoma in our institution. 60 patients (69% underwent LN dissection followed by radiation therapy (RT, while 26 patients (31% had no radiotherapy. Results The median number of resected LN was 12 (1 to 36 with 2 metastases (1 to 28. Median survival after the first relapse was 31.8 months. Extracapsular extension was a significant prognostic factor for regional control (p = 0.019. Median total dose was 50 Gy (30 to 70 Gy. A standard fractionation regimen was used (2 Gy/fraction. Median number of fractions was 25 (10 to 44 fractions. Patients were treated with five fractions/week. Patients with extracapsular extension treated with surgery followed by RT (total dose ≥50 Gy had a better regional control than patients treated by surgery followed by RT with a total dose Conclusion Adjuvant radiotherapy was able to increase regional control in targeted sub-population (LN with extracapsular extension.

  10. Contribution of Kinetic Characteristics of Axillary Lymph Nodes to the Diagnosis in Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Full Text Available Objective: To assess the contribution of kinetic characteristics in the discrimination of malignant-benign axillary lymph nodes. Material and Methods: One hundred fifty-five female patients were included in the study. Following magnetic resonance imaging (MRI examinations post-processing applications were applied, dynamic curves were obtained from subtracted images. Types of dynamic curves were correlated with histopathological results in malignant cases or final clinical results in patients with no evidence of malignancy. Sensitivity, specificity, positive likehood ratio (+LHR, negative (-LHR of dynamic curves characterizing the axillary lymph nodes were calculated.Results: A total of 178 lymph nodes greater than 8 mm were evaluated in 113 patients. Forty-six lymph nodes in 24 cases had malignant axillary involvement. 132 lymph nodes in 89 patients with benign diagnosis were included in the study. The sensitivity of type 3 curve as an indicator of malignancy was calculated as 89%. However the specificity, +LHR, -LHR were calculated as 14%, 1.04, 0.76 respectively. Conclusion: Since kinetic analysis of both benign and malignant axillary lymph nodes, rapid enhancement and washout (type 3 they cannot be used as a discriminator, unlike breast lesions. MRI, depending on the kinetic features of the axillary lymph nodes, is not high enough to be used in the clinical management of breast cancer patients.

  11. Tumor suppressor genes are frequently methylated in lymph node metastases of breast cancers

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    Xu Jia

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Metastasis represents a major adverse step in the progression of breast carcinoma. Lymph node invasion is the most relevant prognostic factor; however little is known on the molecular events associated with lymph node metastasis process. This study is to investigate the status and role of methylation in lymph node metastatic tumors. Materials and methods Bisulfite pyrosequencing is used to screen 6 putative tumor suppressor genes (HIN-1, RASSF1A, RIL, CDH13, RARβ2 and E-cadherin in 38 pairs of primary breast tumors and lymph node metastases. Results We found that HIN-1, CDH13, RIL, RASSF1A and RARβ2 were frequently methylated both in primary and metastatic tissues (range: 55.3%~89.5%. E-cadherin was not frequently methylated in either setting (range: 18.4%~23.7%. The methylation status of HIN-1, CDH13, RIL, and RARβ2 in lymph nodes metastasis were correlated with that in primary tumors. The Pearson correlation values ranged from 0.624 to 0.472 (p values HIN-1 methylation and hormone status in metastatic lymph nodes. Hypermethylation of HIN-1 in metastasis lymph nodes was significantly associated with expression of ER (odds ratio, 1.070; P = 0.024 and with PR (odds ratio, 1.046; P = 0.026. Conclusions This study suggests that hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes is extended from primary to metastatic tumors during tumor progression.

  12. Endobronchial ultrasound guided transbronchial needle aspiration of enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes

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    Nadja Triller

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    Full Text Available Background: Conventional transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA of enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes is a fairly blind technique. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS guided TBNA resulted in higher success rate. The needle can be inserted safely into the lymph node. We examined the diagnostic yield of EBUS guided TBNA in clinical circumstances.Patients and methods: Patients with enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes, detected on chest X-ray and/or CT scan, underwent bronchoscopy. The exact location of lymph nodes was established by EBUS. 20 MHz ultrasound probe with a balloon catheter was used.Results: Seventy-five patients aged between 20 and 79 years (median age 55 years, underwent EBUS examination followed by TBNA of the target lymph node. Lymph nodes pathology was correctly diagnosed in 65 (87% of them. In 52 (70% patients the lymph nodes were infiltrated with malignoma, 13 (17% had benign diseases and in 10 (13% patients with non definitive disease the final diagnosis was obtained by surgery or by follow up. No major complication was encountered after EBUS-guided TBNA.Conclusions: Diagnostic yield of EBUS-guided TBNA is high. There were no major complications and the procedure was tolerated well.

  13. Clinical Significance of Internal Mammary Lymph Node Biopsy during Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction: Review of 264 Cases.

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    Wright, Eric J; Momeni, Arash; Kraneburg, Ursula M; Otake, Leo R; Echo, Anthony; Lee, Tim; Buchanan, Edward P; Lee, Gordon K

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    Despite the knowledge of alternate lymphatic draining patterns of the breast, routine evaluation of the internal mammary lymph node basin is still not considered standard of care. The advent of microsurgical breast reconstruction using the internal mammary vessels as recipients, however, has allowed sampling of internal mammary lymph nodes with technical ease, thus revisiting their role in breast cancer management. In the present study, the authors reviewed their experience with this practice. A retrospective analysis of patients who underwent internal mammary lymph node biopsy at the time of autologous breast reconstruction using the internal mammary vessels between 2004 and 2012 was performed. Parameters of interest included patient age, timing of reconstruction (immediate versus delayed), disease stage, and pathologic findings of internal mammary lymph nodes. A total of 264 autologous breast reconstructions using the internal mammary vessels were performed in 204 patients with a median age of 44.5 years. The majority of reconstructions were immediate [n = 211 (79.9 percent)]. Seventy-two percent of patients had either stage I [72 patients (35.3 percent)] or stage II disease [75 patients (36.8 percent)]. Six patients were found to have internal mammary lymph node metastasis. Stage migration and alteration in adjuvant therapy occurred in all patients. Internal mammary lymph node sampling at the time of autologous breast reconstruction using the internal mammary system should become routine practice, as the morbidity associated with internal mammary lymph node harvest is low and the impact in cases of nodal involvement is quite substantial. Therapeutic, IV.

  14. National equipment of intraoperatory gamma detection in the identification of sentinel lymph node in animal model

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    Santos, Paula Cristina Fada dos [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP-EPM), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Post-graduate Program on Plastic Surgery], e-mail: ppfada@hotmail.com; Santos, Ivan Dunshee de Abranches Oliveira [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP-EPM), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Dept. of Surgery; Nahas, Fabio Xerfan; Ferreira, Lydia Masako [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP-EPM), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Dept. of Surgery. Div. of Plastic Sugery; Oliveira Filho, Renato Santos de [University of Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Faculty of Medicine

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    Purpose: To investigate a national equipment of intraoperatory gamma detection in the identification of sentinel lymph node. Methods: Thirty young adult male rats were used. After anesthetized, animals were divided into two groups of 15 animals each. Animals from group A received dextram 500 - Tc{sup 99} radiopharmaceutical and patent blue V and those from group B received only patent blue V to map the lymphatic drainage. The presence of radiation in the background area, in the area of injection and of the ex vivo sentinel lymph node of group A were measured. After the exeresis, each lymph node in group A and in group B was mixed forming a new random sequence and the radioactive reading of each lymph node was carried out, using both pieces of equipment. Results: The hottest sentinel lymph node was identified by the national equipment when radiation was measured in the area of lymphatic drainage after the Dextran 500 was injected. Also, the ex vivo sentinel lymph node. The national equipment has also detected radiation in the lymph nodes that had not received radiopharmaceutical, leading to false positive, checked by the application of Mann-Whitney tests and Student's paired t-tests. The Cronbach alpha has shown high internal consistency of data 0,9416. Conclusions: The national equipment of intraoperatory gamma detection identifies the LS and showed false positives LS and needs improvement. (author)

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  3. Status and prognosis of lymph node metastasis in patients with cardia cancer – A systematic review

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    Okholm, Cecilie; Svendsen, Lars Bo; Achiam, Michael P

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    . Therefore, the optimal treatment of cardia cancer remains controversial. A systematic review of English publications dealing with adenocarcinoma of the cardia was conducted to elucidate patterns of nodal spread and prognostic implications. METHODS: A systematic literature search based on PRISMA guidelines...... identifying relevant studies describing lymph node metastasis and the associated prognosis. Lymph node stations were classified according to the Japanese Gastric Cancer Association guidelines. RESULTS: The highest incidence of metastasis is seen in the nearest regional lymph nodes, station no. 1......-3 and additionally in no. 7, 9 and 11. Correspondingly the best survival is seen when metastasis remain in the most locoregional nodes and survival equally tends to decrease as the metastasis become more distant. Furthermore, the presence of lymph node metastasis significantly correlates to the TNM-stage. Incidences...

  4. Testing the feasibility of intra-operative sentinel lymph node touch imprint cytology.

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    Hamidian Jahromi, Alireza; Narayanan, Sankaran; MacNeill, Fiona; Osin, Peter; Nerurkar, Ashutash; Gui, Gerald

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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy is emerging as the new standard for axillary staging in breast cancer. Intra-operative assessment of the sentinel lymph nodes allows immediate completion of axillary dissection during the same anaesthetic. This project was a quality assurance practice to establish feasibility, time-to-report, as well as accuracy of performing intra-operative assessment of sentinel lymph nodes using touch imprint cytology in our centre. This prospective audit included 146 sentinel lymph nodes from 74 consecutive patients with invasive breast cancer. All patients underwent axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy using combined blue dye and radiocolloid technique. Results of intra-operative touch imprint cytology using haematoxylin and eosin staining were compared with the definitive histopathology results. Mean time to report touch imprint cytology was 25.7 +/- 6.4 min (range, 15-40 min). Histopathology demonstrated metastasis in 25 sentinel nodes from 17 (23%) patients. Intra-operative touch imprint cytology detected 15 nodes in 11 patients, giving a sensitivity of 60% (nodes) and 66.7% (patients) and specificity of 99.2% (nodes) and 98.2% (patients) based on the number of nodes and patients involved, respectively. Touch imprint cytology failed to show metastatic involvement in 10 nodes from 6 patients; of these, five nodes had micrometastasis (< 2 mm) and the other five had macrometastasis. One touch imprint cytology positive node contained isolated tumour cells only. Using intra-operative touch imprint cytology made a change in treatment of 11(14.9%) patients, and spared second axillary procedure in 7 (9.4%) patients. Intra-operative sentinel lymph node assessment using touch imprint cytology is feasible within a busy NHS practice. We now offer touch imprint cytology to patients following appropriate counselling.

  5. FDG uptake in cervical lymph nodes in children without head and neck cancer.

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    Vali, Reza; Bakari, Alaa A; Marie, Eman; Kousha, Mahnaz; Charron, Martin; Shammas, Amer

    2017-06-01

    Reactive cervical lymphadenopathy is common in children and may demonstrate increased 18F-fluoro-deoxyglucose (18F-FDG) uptake on positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). We sought to evaluate the frequency and significance of 18F-FDG uptake by neck lymph nodes in children with no history of head and neck cancer. The charts of 244 patients (114 female, mean age: 10.4 years) with a variety of tumors such as lymphoma and post-transplant lymphoproliferative diseases (PTLD), but no head and neck cancers, who had undergone 18F-FDG PET/CT were reviewed retrospectively. Using the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), increased 18F-FDG uptake by neck lymph nodes was recorded and compared with the final diagnosis based on follow-up studies or biopsy results. Neck lymph node uptake was identified in 70/244 (28.6%) of the patients. In 38 patients, the lymph nodes were benign. In eight patients, the lymph nodes were malignant (seven PTLD and one lymphoma). In 24 patients, we were not able to confirm the final diagnosis. Seven out of the eight malignant lymph nodes were positive for PTLD. The mean SUVmax was significantly higher in malignant lesions (4.2) compared with benign lesions (2.1) (P = 0.00049). 18F-FDG uptake in neck lymph nodes is common in children and is frequently due to reactive lymph nodes, especially when the SUVmax is cervical lymph nodes is higher in PTLD patients compared with other groups.

  6. FDG uptake in cervical lymph nodes in children without head and neck cancer

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    Vali, Reza; Bakari, Alaa A.; Marie, Eman; Kousha, Mahnaz; Shammas, Amer [University of Toronto, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON (Canada); Charron, Martin [Brampton Nuclear Services, Toronto, ON (Canada)

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    Reactive cervical lymphadenopathy is common in children and may demonstrate increased {sup 18}F-fluoro-deoxyglucose ({sup 18}F-FDG) uptake on positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). We sought to evaluate the frequency and significance of {sup 18}F-FDG uptake by neck lymph nodes in children with no history of head and neck cancer. The charts of 244 patients (114 female, mean age: 10.4 years) with a variety of tumors such as lymphoma and post-transplant lymphoproliferative diseases (PTLD), but no head and neck cancers, who had undergone {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT were reviewed retrospectively. Using the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), increased {sup 18}F-FDG uptake by neck lymph nodes was recorded and compared with the final diagnosis based on follow-up studies or biopsy results. Neck lymph node uptake was identified in 70/244 (28.6%) of the patients. In 38 patients, the lymph nodes were benign. In eight patients, the lymph nodes were malignant (seven PTLD and one lymphoma). In 24 patients, we were not able to confirm the final diagnosis. Seven out of the eight malignant lymph nodes were positive for PTLD. The mean SUVmax was significantly higher in malignant lesions (4.2) compared with benign lesions (2.1) (P = 0.00049). {sup 18}F-FDG uptake in neck lymph nodes is common in children and is frequently due to reactive lymph nodes, especially when the SUVmax is <3.2. The frequency of malignant cervical lymph nodes is higher in PTLD patients compared with other groups. (orig.)

  7. Incidence and Risk Factors for Occult Level 3 Lymph Node Metastases in Papillary Thyroid Cancer

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    Fraser, Sheila; Zaidi, Nisar; Norlen, Olov; Glover, Anthony; Kruijff, Schelto; Sywak, Mark; Delbridge, Leigh; Sidhu, Stan B.

    2016-01-01

    Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) frequently disseminates into cervical lymph nodes. Lateral node involvement is described in up to 50 % patients undergoing prophylactic lateral neck dissection. This study aimed to assess this finding and identify which factors predict for occult lateral node disease.

  8. DETECTION OF OCCULT LYMPH NODE TUMOR CELLS IN NODE-NEGATIVE GASTRIC CANCER PATIENTS.

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    Pereira, Marina Alessandra; Ramos, Marcus Fernando Kodama Pertille; Dias, Andre Roncon; Yagi, Osmar Kenji; Faraj, Sheila Friedrich; Zilberstein, Bruno; Cecconello, Ivan; Mello, Evandro Sobroza de; Ribeiro, Ulysses

    2017-01-01

    The presence of lymph nodes metastasis is one of the most important prognostic indicators in gastric cancer. The micrometastases have been studied as prognostic factor in gastric cancer, which are related to decrease overall survival and increased risk of recurrence. However, their identification is limited by conventional methodology, since they can be overlooked after routine staining. To investigate the presence of occult tumor cells using cytokeratin (CK) AE1/AE3 immunostaining in gastric cancer patients histologically lymph node negative (pN0) by H&E. Forty patients (T1-T4N0) submitted to a potentially curative gastrectomy with D2 lymphadenectomy were evaluated. The results for metastases, micrometastases and isolated tumor cells were also associated to clinicopathological characteristics and their impact on stage grouping. Tumor deposits within lymph nodes were defined according to the tumor-node-metastases guidelines (7th TNM). A total of 1439 lymph nodes were obtained (~36 per patient). Tumor cells were detected by immunohistochemistry in 24 lymph nodes from 12 patients (30%). Neoplasic cells were detected as a single or cluster tumor cells. Tumor (p=0.002), venous (p=0.016), lymphatic (p=0.006) and perineural invasions (p=0.04), as well as peritumoral lymphocytic response (p=0.012) were correlated to CK-positive immunostaining tumor cells in originally negative lymph nodes by H&E. The histologic stage of two patients was upstaged from stage IB to stage IIA. Four of the 28 CK-negative patients (14.3%) and three among 12 CK-positive patients (25%) had disease recurrence (p=0.65). The CK-immunostaining is an effective method for detecting occult tumor cells in lymph nodes and may be recommended to precisely determine tumor stage. It may be useful as supplement to H&E routine to provide better pathological staging. A presença de metástase em linfonodos é um dos indicadores prognósticos mais importantes no câncer gástrico. As micrometástases têm sido

  9. Potential Use of Transferred Lymph Nodes as Metastasis Detectors after Tumor Excision

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    Fabio Nicoli

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Due to the fact that it reliably results in positive outcomes, lymph node flap transfer is becoming an increasingly popular surgical procedure for the prevention and treatment of lymphedema. This technique has been shown to stimulate lymphoangiogenesis and restore lymphatic function, as well as decreasing infection rates, minimizing pain, and preventing the recurrence of lymphedema. In this article, we investigate possible additional benefits of lymph node flap transfer, primarily the possibility that sentinel lymph nodes may be used to detect micro-metastasis or in-transit metastasis and may function as an additional lymphatic station after the excision of advanced skin cancer.

  10. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Breast Cancer: A Clinical Review and Update

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    Haji, Altaf; Battoo, Azhar; Qurieshi, Mariya; Mir, Wahid; Shah, Mudasir

    2017-01-01

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy has become a standard staging tool in the surgical management of breast cancer. The positive impact of sentinel lymph node biopsy on postoperative negative outcomes in breast cancer patients, without compromising the oncological outcomes, is its major advantage. It has evolved over the last few decades and has proven its utility beyond early breast cancer. Its applicability and efficacy in patients with clinically positive axilla who have had a complete clinical response after neoadjuvant chemotherapy is being aggressively evaluated at present. This article discusses how sentinel lymph node biopsy has evolved and is becoming a useful tool in new clinical scenarios of breast cancer management. PMID:28970846

  11. Robot-Assisted Extended Pelvic Lymph Nodes Dissection for Prostate Cancer: Personal Surgical Technique and Outcomes

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    Porpiglia Francesco

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Extended pelvic lymph nodes dissection (EPLND allows the removal of a higher number of lymph nodes than limited PLND. The aims of this study were to describe our robot-assisted EPLND (RAEPLND technique with related complications, and to report the number of lymph nodes removed and the rate of lymph nodal metastasis. Materials and Methods: 153 patients underwent RAEPLND prior to robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP. Indications were defined according to Briganti nomogram, to predict risk of lymph-nodal metastasis. Lymphatic packages covering the distal tract of the common iliac artery, the medial portion of the external iliac artery, the external iliac vein and the internal iliac vessels, together with the obturator and the presacral lymphatic packages were removed on both sides. Results: Median preoperative PSA was 7.5 ng/mL (IQR 5.5–11.5. Median operative time was 150 min (135–170. Median RAEPLND alone operative time was 38 min (32.75–41.25; for right and left side, 18 (15–29 and 20 min (15.75–30 (p=0.567. Median number of lymph nodes retrieved per patient was 25 (19.25–30; 13 (11–16 and 11 (8–15 for right and left side. In 19 patients (12.41% metastasis was found at the level of pelvic lymph nodes. Median number of positive lymph nodes was 1 (1–4.6 per patient. Complications occurred in 11 patients (7.3%. Conclusions: the number of lymph nodes removed was comparable to published data about open series, allowing the increase of detection rate of lymph nodal metastasis for minimally invasive approach without compromising complications' rate if performing the procedure following reported technique.

  12. Robot-Assisted Extended Pelvic Lymph Nodes Dissection for Prostate Cancer: Personal Surgical Technique and Outcomes.

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    Porpiglia, Francesco; De Luca, Stefano; Bertolo, Riccardo; Passera, Roberto; Mele, Fabrizio; Manfredi, Matteo; Amparore, Daniele; Morra, Ivano; Fiori, Cristian

    2015-01-01

    Extended pelvic lymph nodes dissection (EPLND) allows the removal of a higher number of lymph nodes than limited PLND. The aims of this study were to describe our robot-assisted EPLND (RAEPLND) technique with related complications, and to report the number of lymph nodes removed and the rate of lymph nodal metastasis. 153 patients underwent RAEPLND prior to robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP). Indications were defined according to Briganti nomogram, to predict risk of lymph-nodal metastasis. Lymphatic packages covering the distal tract of the common iliac artery, the medial portion of the external iliac artery, the external iliac vein and the internal iliac vessels, together with the obturator and the presacral lymphatic packages were removed on both sides. Median preoperative PSA was 7.5 ng/mL (IQR 5.5-11.5). Median operative time was 150 min (135-170). Median RAEPLND alone operative time was 38 min (32.75-41.25); for right and left side, 18 (15-29) and 20 min (15.75-30) (p=0.567). Median number of lymph nodes retrieved per patient was 25 (19.25-30); 13 (11-16) and 11 (8-15) for right and left side. In 19 patients (12.41%) metastasis was found at the level of pelvic lymph nodes. Median number of positive lymph nodes was 1 (1-4.6) per patient. Complications occurred in 11 patients (7.3%). the number of lymph nodes removed was comparable to published data about open series, allowing the increase of detection rate of lymph nodal metastasis for minimally invasive approach without compromising complications' rate if performing the procedure following reported technique.

  13. Cervical Lymph Nodes as a Selective Niche for Brucella during Oral Infections

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    von Bargen, Kristine; Gagnaire, Aurélie; Arce-Gorvel, Vilma; de Bovis, Béatrice; Baudimont, Fannie; Chasson, Lionel; Bosilkovski, Mile; Papadopoulos, Alexia; Martirosyan, Anna; Henri, Sandrine; Mège, Jean-Louis; Malissen, Bernard; Gorvel, Jean-Pierre

    2015-01-01

    Cervical lymph nodes (CLN) are the first lymph nodes encountered by material taking the oral route. To study their role in orally acquired infections, we analyzed 307 patients of up to 14 years treated in the university clinic of Skopje, Macedonia, for brucellosis, a zoonotic bacterial disease frequently acquired by ingestion of contaminated dairy products. From these children, 36% had lymphadenopathy. Among orally infected children, lymphadenopathy with CLN being the only lymph nodes affected was significantly more frequent as compared to those infected by contact with animals (83% vs. 63%), suggesting a possible involvement of CLN during orally acquired human brucellosis. Using a murine model where bacteria are delivered into the oral cavity, we show that Brucella quickly and selectively colonize the CLN where they proliferate and persist over long periods of time for up to 50 days post-infection. A similar efficient though less specific drainage to CLN was found for Brucella, Salmonella typhimurium and fluorescent microspheres delivered by gavage, a pathway likely representing a mixed infection mode of intragastric and oral infection, suggesting a central pathway of drained material. Microspheres as well as bacteria drained to CLN predominately reside in cells expressing CD68 and no or low levels of CD11c. Even though no systemic response could be detected, Brucella induced a locally restricted inflammatory reaction with increased expression levels of interferon γ, interleukin (IL)-6, IL-12, granzyme B and a delayed induction of Nos2. Inflammation led to pronounced lymphadenopathy, infiltration of macrophages/monocytes expressing high levels of major histocompatibility complex II and to formation of epitheloid granulomas. Together, these results highlight the role of CLN in oral infections as both, an initial and efficient trap for bacterial invaders and as possible reservoir for chronic pathogens. They likewise cast a new light on the significance of oral

  14. Diagnosis of lymph node tuberculosis using the GeneXpert MTB/RIF in Tunisia.

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    Ghariani, Asma; Jaouadi, Taha; Smaoui, Selma; Mehiri, Emna; Marouane, Chama; Kammoun, Sana; Essalah, Leila; Driss, Maha; Messadi, Feriele; Slim-Saidi, Leila

    2015-12-01

    GeneXpert MTB/RIF is a fully-automated diagnostic molecular test which simultaneously detects tuberculosis (TB) and rifampicin (RIF) drug resistance. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the performance of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF test for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) in lymph node specimens and to show the place of Mycobacterium bovis as a major cause of TB lymphadenitis. This study was conducted simultaneously in the National Reference Laboratory for Mycobacteria of Ariana and the Central Laboratory of Sfax, from January to December 2013. In total, 174 lymph node specimens were processed simultaneously for Ziehl-Neelsen, auramine and immuno-histochemical staining. Conventional culture on both Lowenstein-Jensen and liquid medium (Bactec MGIT 960 BD system) and the new molecular-based GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay system were performed. Positive cultures were confirmed using molecular identification (Genotype MTBC Hain Lifescience). Among the 174 samples tested, the GeneXpert detected the DNA of MTBC in 134 samples (77%). Standard bacteriological assays, including AFB microscopy and culture, were positive, respectively, in 41 (23.6%) and 79 (45.4%) specimens. M. bovis was isolated in 76% of positive cultures. GeneXpert sensitivity and specificity results were assessed according to smear and culture results, clinical and histological findings. The sensitivity and specificity of the Xpert assay were 87.5% (126/144) and 73.3%, respectively. The implementation of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay may dramatically improve the rapid diagnosis of lymph node TB. Copyright © 2015 Asian-African Society for Mycobacteriology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. How important is the number of pelvic lymph node retrieved to locorregional staging of cervix cancer?

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    Batista, Thales Paulo; Bezerra, Artur Lício Rocha; Martins, Mário Rino; Carneiro, Vandré Cabral Gomes

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objective: To explore how important is the number of pelvic lymph nodes dissected for the nodal staging in FIGO IA2-IB2 cervical cancer, submitted to radical surgical treatment. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out on patients who underwent Piver class II radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy, in two centers in the state of Pernambuco, from January, 2001 to December, 2008. The analysis of the area under the ROC curve was adopted as a summary-measure of discriminatory power of the number of nodes dissected in predicting the pelvic nodal status. Additionally, we also confirm our findings using logistic regression and the Fisher's exact test. Results: The postoperative pathological study included 662 pelvic lymph nodes dissected (median per-patient=9, q25=6 − q75=13) from 69 patients. The ROC curve analysis revealed AUC=0.642, for the discriminatory value of the number of nodes dissected in predicting the pelvic nodal status. Similar findings were found after categorization using 10 and 15 lymph nodes as cut-offs (AUC=0.605 and 0.526, respectively). Logistic regression revealed odds ratio of 0.912 (95% CI=0.805-1.032; p=0.125) for the predictive value of the number of nodes dissected, and a number of nodes ≥10 or ≥15 lymph nodes was not significantly associated with the nodal status by the Fischer's exact test (p=0.224 and p=0.699, respectively). Conclusion: The number of pelvic lymph nodes dissected did not correlate with pelvic lymph node metastatic involvement. This study suggests that dissection of a greater number of lymph nodes does not increase locoregional nodal staging in cervical cancer. PMID:24488383

  16. Predictive Value of the Number of Harvested Lymph Nodes and Cut-Off for Lymph Node Ratio in the Prognosis of Stage II and III Colorectal Cancer Patients.

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    Li Destri, Giovanni; Barchitta, Martina; Pesce, Antonio; Latteri, Saverio; Bosco, Dorotea; Di Cataldo, Antonio; Agodi, Antonella; Puleo, Stefano

    2017-10-03

    Purpose/aim: The appropriate staging of colorectal cancer requires at least 12 lymph nodes to be sampled. We evaluated whether lymph node sampling (LNS) and lymph node ratio (LNR) can predict the prognosis of stage II-III patients. This is a retrospective study on 432 patients classified in LNS ≥12 and LNS test, p < 0.001). In the patients with LNS ≥ 12, the cut-off of 0.257 could predict recurrence (specificity 86%). Stage II patients with LNS < 12 tend to have shorter DFS than stage II patients with LNS ≥ 12. In stage III patients, an appropriate LNR cut-off is a better prognostic predictor than LNR quartile, especially in patients with LNS ≥ 12.

  17. 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.

  18. Interval Sentinel Lymph Nodes: An Unusual Localization in Patients with Cutaneous Melanoma

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    Full Text Available Background. Recent studies have demonstrated that there exists a great variation in the lymphatic drainage in patients with malignant melanoma. Some patients have drainage to lymph nodes outside of conventional nodal basins. The lymph nodes that exist between a primary melanoma and its regional nodal basin are defined “interval nodes”. Interval node occurs in a small minority of patients with forearm melanoma. We report our experience of the Melanoma Unit of University Hospital Spedali Civili Brescia, Italy. Methods. Lymphatic mapping using cutaneous lymphoscintigraphy (LS has become a standard preoperative diagnostic procedure to locate the sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs in cutaneous melanoma. We used LS to identify sentinel lymph nodes biopsy (SLNB in 480 patients. Results. From over 2100 patients affected by cutaneous melanoma, we identified 2 interval nodes in 480 patients with SLNB . The melanomas were both located in the left forearm. The interval nodes were also both located in the left arm. Conclusion. The combination of preoperative LS and intraoperative hand-held gamma detecting probe plays a remarkable role in identifying these uncommon lymph node locations. Knowledge of the unusual drainage patterns will help to ensure the accuracy and the completeness of sentinel nodes identification.

  19. 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)

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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 {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

  20. Use of Lymph Node Ultrasound Prior to Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in 384 Patients with Melanoma: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.

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    Olmedo, D; Brotons-Seguí, M; Del Toro, C; González, M; Requena, C; Traves, V; Pla, A; Bolumar, I; Moreno-Ramírez, D; Nagore, E

    2017-12-01

    Locoregional lymph node ultrasound is not typically included in guidelines as part of the staging process prior to sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). The objective of the present study was to make a clinical and economic analysis of lymph node ultrasound prior to SLNB. We performed a retrospective study of 384 patients with clinical stage I-II primary melanoma who underwent locorregional lymph node ultrasound (with or without ultrasound-guided biopsy) prior to SLNB between 2004 and 2015. We evaluated the reliability and cost-effectiveness of the strategy. Use of locorregional lymph node ultrasound avoided SLNB in 23 patients (6%). Ultrasound had a sensitivity of 46% and specificity of 76% for the detection of metastatic lymph nodes that were not clinically palpable. False negatives were significantly more common in patients aged over 60 years and in tumors with a thickness of less than 2mm. The staging process using SLNB and ultrasound with ultrasound-guided biopsy produced an increase of €16.30 in the unit price. Our cost-effectiveness analysis identified the staging protocol with ultrasound and SLNB as the dominant strategy, with a lower cost-effectiveness ratio than the alternative, consisting of SLNB alone (8,095.24 vs. €28,605.00). Ultrasound with ultrasound-guided biopsy for the diagnostic staging of melanoma prior to SLNB is a useful and cost-effective tool. This procedure does not substitute SLNB, though it does allow to avoid SLNB in a not insignificant proportion of patients. Copyright © 2017 AEDV. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  1. Number of negative lymph nodes can predict survival of breast cancer patients with four or more positive lymph nodes after postmastectomy radiotherapy.

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    Wu, San-Gang; Sun, Jia-Yuan; Zhou, Juan; Li, Feng-Yan; Zhou, Hao; Lin, Qin; Lin, Huan-Xin; Bao, Yong; He, Zhen-Yu

    2014-12-16

    This study was conducted to assess the prognostic value of the number of negative lymph nodes (NLNs) in breast cancer patients with four or more positive lymph nodes after postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT). This retrospective study examined 605 breast cancer patients with four or more positive lymph nodes who underwent mastectomy. A total of 371 patients underwent PMRT. The prognostic value of the NLN count in patients with and without PMRT was analyzed. The log-rank test was used to compare survival curves, and Cox regression analysis was performed to identify prognostic factors. The median follow-up was 54 months, and the overall 8-year locoregional recurrence-free survival (LRFS), distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS), disease-free survival (DFS), and overall survival (OS) were 79.8%, 50.0%, 46.8%, and 57.9%, respectively. The optimal cut-off points for NLN count was 12. Univariate analysis showed that the number of NLNs, lymph node ratio (LNR) and pN stage predicted the LRFS of non-PMRT patients (pnumber of NLNs was an independent prognostic factor affecting the LRFS, patients with a higher number of NLNs had a better LRFS (hazard ratio = 0.132, 95% confidence interval=0.032-0.547, p =0.005). LNR and pN stage had no effect on LRFS. PMRT improved the LRFS (ppatients with 12 or fewer NLNs, but it did not any effect on survival of patients with more than 12 NLNs. PMRT improved the regional lymph node recurrence-free survival (ppatients with 12 or fewer NLNs. The number of NLNs can predict the survival of breast cancer patients with four or more positive lymph nodes after PMRT.

  2. Low-risk papillary thyroid carcinoma patients who underwent near-total thyroidectomy without prophylactic central compartment lymph node dissection and were ablated with low-dose 50mCi RAI had excellent 10-year prognosis.

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    Michalaki, Marina; Bountouris, Panagiotis; Roupas, Nikolaos D; Theodoropoulou, Anastasia; Agalianou, Niki; Alexandrides, Theodoros; Markou, Kostas

    2016-10-01

    The current trend in the management of low risk differentiated thyroid carcinoma is to follow less aggressive strategies. To assess the long-term morbidity and mortality outcomes of low-risk papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) patients undergoing minimal intervention. We retrospectively analyzed 137 patients with low-risk PTC (stage I: n=77; stage II: n=60). Of these patients, 107 (Group 1) had macro-PTC and underwent near-total thyroidectomy and received postoperatively 50mCi RAI. The remaining 30 patients (Group 2) had micro-PTC (<1cm) and were treated only by means of near-total thyroidectomy. The median follow-up for Group 1 patients was 10 years (range: 3-30). At 1-year evaluation, 8 patients of Group 1 had indeterminate or incomplete biochemical response, of whom 4 had also incomplete structural response to initial therapy. Only 1 of 4 patients with structural incomplete response underwent cervical lymph node dissection and then received an additional dose of 100mCi RAI. The remaining 7 patients received only an additional dose of 100mCi RAI. These patients have been continuously followed till the present time with no recurrences or deaths (median follow-up: 17.5 years; 3-30 years). At 15 years, 2 patients of Group 1 experienced biochemical recurrence and they received 100mCi RAI. Three patients of Group 2 experienced recurrence, with 2 receiving 50mCi RAI and 1 undergoing cervical lymph node dissection with 50mCi RAI. Patients with low-risk macro-PTC treated by means of near-total thyroidectomy without PCCLND and receiving postoperatively a low dose of 50mCi RAI have excellent long-term prognosis.

  3. Ultrasonography-guided percutaneous radiofrequency ablation for cervical lymph node metastasis from thyroid carcinoma

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    Liping Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim was to explore the efficacy and safety of ultrasonography-guided percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA for cervical lymph node metastases from thyroid carcinoma. Materials and Methods: Eight patients with previous total thyroidectomy and radioiodine therapy were enrolled in this study. A total of 20 cervical lymph node metastases were confirmed by percutaneous biopsy. Participants underwent ultrasonography-guided RFA treatment for all confirmed metastatic lymph nodes. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS and sonoelastography were performed to rapidly evaluate treatment responses before and shortly after RFA. Routine follow-up consisted of conventional US, CEUS, sonoelastography, thyroglobulin level, and necessary fine needle aspiration cytology. Results: All eight patients were successfully treated without obvious complications. Post-RFA CEUS showed that total metastatic lymph nodes were ablated. The sonoelastographic score of ablated area elevated significantly shortly after RFA (P < 0.001. With a mean follow-up of 9.4 ± 5.1 months, there were no evidences of recurrence at ablated sites; however, two new cervical recurrent lymph nodes occurred in one case, which was successfully ablated as well. The mass volume shrinkages of the ablated nodes were observed in all cases. We found that 5 treated lymph nodes disappeared, 4 were reduced more than 80%, 9 were reduced between 50% and 80%, and 2 were reduced less than 50%. At the last follow-up evaluation, the serum thyroglobulin levels had decreased in 6 of 8 patients. Conclusion: Ultrasonography-guided percutaneous RFA for cervical lymph node metastasis of thyroid malignancy is a feasible, effective, and safe therapy. This procedure shows a nonsurgical therapeutic option for metastatic lymph nodes in patients with difficult reoperations or inoperations, it may reduce or delay a large number of highly invasive repeated neck dissections.

  4. [Sentinel lymph node metastasis in patients with ductal breast carcinoma in situ].

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    Ruvalcaba-Limón, Eva; de Jesús Garduño-Raya, María; Bautista-Piña, Verónica; Trejo-Martínez, Claudia; Maffuz-Aziz, Antonio; Rodríguez-Cuevas, Sergio

    2014-01-01

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ still controversial, with positive lymph node in range of 1.4-12.5% due occult invasive breast carcinoma in surgical specimen. To know the frequency of sentimel node metastases in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ, identify differences between positive and negative cases. Retrospective study of patients with ductal carcinoma in situ treated with sentinel lymph node biopsy because mastectomy indication, palpable tumor, radiological lesion = 5 cm, non-favorable breast-tumor relation and/or patients whom surgery could affect lymphatic flow drainage. Of 168 in situ carcinomas, 50 cases with ductal carcinoma in situ and sentinel lymph node biopsy were included, with a mean age of 51.6 years, 30 (60%) asymptomatic. The most common symptoms were palpable nodule (18%), nipple discharge (12%), or both (8%). Microcalcifications were common (72%), comedonecrosis pattern (62%), grade-2 histology (44%), and 28% negative hormonal receptors. Four (8%) cases had intra-operatory positive sentinel lymph node and one patient at final histo-pathological study (60% micrometastases, 40% macrometastases), all with invasive carcinoma in surgical specimen. Patients with intra-operatory positive sentinel lymph node where younger (44.5 vs 51 years), with more palpable tumors (50% vs 23.1%), and bigger (3.5 vs 2 cm), more comedonecrosis pattern (75% vs 60.8%), more indifferent tumors (75% vs 39.1%), and less cases with hormonal receptors (50% vs 73.9%), compared with negative sentinel lymph node cases, all these differences without statistic significance. One of each 12 patients with ductal carcinoma in situ had affection in sentinel lymph node, so we recommend continue doing this procedure to avoid second surgeries due the presence of occult invasive carcinoma.

  5. Why do we need irradiation of internal mammary lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer: Analysis of lymph flow and radiotherapy studies.

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    Nikolaevich, Novikov Sergey; Vasilevich, Kanaev Sergey

    2017-01-01

    Using clinical data and results of lymphoscintigraphy to calculate probability of internal mammary lymph node (IMLN) invasion by breast cancer (BC). To evaluate clinical value of lymphoscintigraphy as the guide for irradiation of IMLN. Using the data of eight published studies that analyzed lymph flow from primary BC (4541pts) after intra-peri-tumoral injection of nanosized 99mTc-colloids we determined probability of lymph-flow from internal-central and external BC to IMLN. In 7 studies (4359pts) axillary staging was accompanied by IMLN biopsy (911pts) that helped us to estimate probability of IMLN metastatic invasion in relation to the status of axillary LN. Finally, we estimated probability of IMLN invasion by BC in five randomized and observation studies that analyzed effect of IMLN irradiation on overall survival (OS). We calculated possible gain in survival if they would be treated according to lymph-flow guided radiotherapy to IMLN. Lymph-flow from internal/central BC to IMLN was mentioned in 35% from external lesions - in 16% cases. In women with negative axillary LN metastases in IMLN were revealed in 7.8%pts, in the case of positive axillary nodes average risk of IMLN invasion increased to 38.1%. Calculated probability of IMLN metastatic invasion in pts included in evaluated trials did not exceed 10%. If lymphoscintigraphy would drive decision about irradiation of IMLN than 72-78% of pts included in these studies would escape radiotherapy to IMLN. In the remaining 21-28%pts with lymph-flow to IMLN their irradiation probably would increase gain in OS from 1.0-3.3% to 4.3-16.8%. Lymphoscintigraphy can be used to optimize the strategy of IMLN irradiation.

  6. Sentinel Lymph Node Occult Metastases Have Minimal Survival Effect in Some Breast Cancer Patients

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    Detailed examination of sentinel lymph node tissue from breast cancer patients revealed previously unidentified metastases in about 16% of the samples, but the difference in 5-year survival between patients with and without these metastases was very small

  7. The significance of enlarged cervical lymph nodes in diagnosing thyroid cancer

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    Hossam Eldin Mohamed

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: ECLN are associated with an increased likelihood of thyroid malignancy in the patients undergoing evaluation of a suspicious nodule. The risk of malignancy in thyroid nodules increases with the presence of suspicious ultrasonographic features on cervical lymph nodes.

  8. Diagnosis of lymph node tuberculosis using the GeneXpert MTB/RIF in Tunisia

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    Taha Jaouadi

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: The implementation of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay may dramatically improve the rapid diagnosis of lymph node TB. This rapid TB test may complete usual methods (conventional microscopy, culture and histopathology.

  9. Simultaneous occurrence of follicular lymphoma and mixed-cellularity Hodgkin's lymphoma: lymph node and extranodal involvement

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    Grangeiro Maria do Patrocínio F.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available An unusual and well-characterised case of composite lymphoma in the spleen and lymph node is presented. The simultaneous occurrence of mixed-cellularity Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL and follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL was demonstrated in a 66-year-old man admitted in our Service with anaemia, hepatosplenomegaly and multiple abdominal lymph nodes. The morphological study of the spleen and lymph node of the splenic hilum showed an infiltrate composed of two distinct neoplasias. The liver was involved by NHL infiltrate and the peripancreatic lymph node exhibited HL. The Reed-Sternberg (RS cells expressed CD 15 and CD 30, whereas the NHL cells presented standard immunohistochemical features of follicular lymphoma. To our knowledge, this is the fifth case report of concurrent spleen involvement by composite lymphoma. The incidence, clinicopathological and immunohistochemical features of this rare association are discussed.

  10. Some Women May Not Need More Extensive Lymph Node Surgery for Breast Cancer

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    Results from a randomized clinical trial demonstrate that ALND provided no additional survival benefit when compared with SLNB in women with small breast tumors and minimal lymph node metastasis who followed a specific treatment regimen.

  11. Dual-energy CT can detect malignant lymph nodes in rectal cancer

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    Al-Najami, I.; Lahaye, M. J.; Beets-Tan, Regina G H

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    Background There is a need for an accurate and operator independent method to assess the lymph node status to provide the most optimal personalized treatment for rectal cancer patients. This study evaluates whether Dual Energy Computed Tomography (DECT) could contribute to the preoperative lymph...... node assessment, and compared it to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The objective of this prospective observational feasibility study was to determine the clinical value of the DECT for the detection of metastases in the pelvic lymph nodes of rectal cancer patients and compare the findings to MRI...... and histopathology. Materials and methods The patients were referred to total mesorectal excision (TME) without any neoadjuvant oncological treatment. After surgery the rectum specimen was scanned, and lymph nodes were matched to the pathology report. Fifty-four histology proven rectal cancer patients received...

  12. The relation between lymph node status and survival in Stage I-III colon cancer

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    Lykke, J.; Roikjær, Ole; Jess, P.

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    Aim: This study involved a large nationwide Danish cohort to evaluate the hypothesis that a high lymph node harvest has a positive effect on survival in curative resected Stage I-III colon cancer and a low lymph node ratio has a positive effect on survival in Stage III colon cancer. Method......: Analysis of overall survival was conducted using a nationwide Danish cohort of patients treated with curative resection of Stage I-III colon cancer. All 8901 patients in Denmark diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the colon and treated with curative resection in the period 2003-2008 were identified from...... independent prognostic factors in multivariate analysis. Conclusion: High lymph node count was associated with improved overall survival in colon cancer. Lymph node ratio was superior to N-stage in differentiating overall survival in Stage III colon cancer. Stage migration was observed....

  13. Spotlight on talimogene laherparepvec for the treatment of melanoma lesions in the skin and lymph nodes

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    Orloff, Marlana

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    ...: On October 27, 2015, talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC), a first in class intralesional oncolytic virotherapy, was granted the US Food and Drug Administration approval for the treatment of melanoma in the skin and lymph nodes...

  14. Fluorescence-guided mapping of sentinel lymph nodes in gynecological malignancies

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    Hirsch, Ole; Szyc, Łukasz; Muallem, Mustafa Zelal; Ignat, Iulia; Chekerov, Radoslav; Macdonald, Rainer; Sehouli, Jalid; Braicu, Ioana; Grosenick, Dirk

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    We have successfully applied a custom-made handheld fluorescence camera for intraoperative fluorescence detection of indocyanine green in a feasibility study on sentinel lymph node mapping in patients with vulvar, cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancer.

  15. Immunomorphological assessment of regional lymph nodes for predicting metastases in oral squamous cell carcinoma

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    Satish T Yadav

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: The present study revealed that patients with lymphocyte predominance had less risk of metastases and patients with germinal center predominance had a high risk of metastases to the lymph node.

  16. Kindlin-2 could influence breast nodule elasticity and improve lymph node metastasis in invasive breast cancer

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    Xiaowei Xue; Junlai Li; Wenbo Wan; Xianquan Shi; Yiqiong Zheng

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    ... (SWE, maximum elasticity [Emax], minimum elasticity [Emin], mean elasticity [Emean]), collagen intensity and Kindlin-2 expression in benign and malignant breast nodules, and if Kindlin-2 expression is related with lymph node metastasis...

  17. Acute Necrotizing Lepromatous Lymphadenitis: an Erythema-nodosum-leprosum-like Reaction in Lymph Nodes

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    Karat, A. B. A.; Karat, S.; Job, C. K.; Sudarsanam, Doss

    1968-01-01

    Histological examination of lymph-node biopsy specimens in 12 patients with erythema nodosum leprosum showed almost complete replacement of the node by lepromatous granuloma, together with considerable polymorph infiltration. Ziehl-Neelsen staining demonstrated numerous Mycobacterium leprae present in the nodes. The majority of these patients were very ill, and responded to prednisolone or corticotrophin. It is suggested that the histological appearances may represent an intensive inflammatory response in the lymph nodes followed by avascular aseptic necrosis. ImagesFig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3 PMID:4300767

  18. Three-dimensional quantitative ultrasound to guide pathologists towards metastatic foci in lymph nodes.

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    Mamou, Jonathan; Saegusa-Beecroft, Emi; Coron, Alain; Oelze, Michael L; Yamaguchi, Tadashi; Machi, Junji; Hata, Masaki; Yanagihara, Eugene; Laugier, Pascal; Feleppa, Ernest J

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    The detection of metastases in freshly-excised lymph nodes from cancer patients during lymphadenectomy is critically important for cancer staging, treatment, and optimal patient management. Currently, conventional histologic methods suffer a high rate of false-negative determinations because pathologists cannot evaluate each excised lymph nodes in its entirety. Therefore, lymph nodes are undersampled and and small but clinically relevant metastatic regions can be missed. In this study, quantitative ultrasound (QUS) methods using high-frequency transducers (i.e., > 20 MHz) were developed and evaluated for their ability to detect and guide pathologists towards suspicious regions in lymph nodes. A custom laboratory scanning system was used to acquire radio-frequency (RF) data in 3D from excised lymph nodes using a 26-MHz center-frequency transducer. Overlapping 1-mm cylindrical regions-of-interest (ROIs) of the RF data were processed to yield 13 QUS estimates quantifying tissue microstructure and organization. These QUS methods were applied to more than 260 nodes from more than 160 colorectal-, gastric-, and breast-cancer patients. Cancer-detection performance was assessed for individual estimates and linear combinations of estimates. ROC results demonstrated excellent classification. For colorectal- and gastric-cancer nodes, the areas under the ROC curves (AUCs) were greater than 0.95. Slightly poorer results (AUC=0.85) were obtained for breast-cancer nodes. Images based on QUS parameters also permitted localization of cancer foci in some micrometastatic cases.

  19. Clinical value and indication for the dissection of lymph nodes posterior to the right recurrent laryngeal nerve in papillary thyroid carcinoma.

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    Luo, Ding-Cun; Xu, Xiao-Cheng; Ding, Jin-Wang; Zhang, Yu; Peng, You; Pan, Gang; Zhang, Wo

    2017-10-03

    Lymph nodes posterior to the right recurrent laryngeal nerve (LN-prRLN) are common sites of nodal recurrence after the resection of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). However, the indication for LN-prRLN dissection remains debatable. We therefore studied the relationships between LN-prRLN metastasis and the clinicopathological characteristics in 306 patients with right or bilateral PTC who underwent LN-prRLN dissection. We found that LN-prRLN metastasis occurred in 16.67% of PTC and was associated with a number of the clinicopathological features. The receiver-operator characteristic (ROC) analysis showed that the areas under the ROC curves for the prediction of LN-prRLN metastasis by the risk factors age right tumor size > 0.85 cm, lymph node (right cervical central VI-1) number > 1.5, metastatic lymph node (right cervical central VI-1) size > 0.45 cm, and lymph node number in the right cervical lateral compartment > 0.5 were 0.601, 0.815, 0.813, 0.725, and 0.743, respectively. In conclusion, the risk factors for LN-prRLN metastasis in patients suffering right thyroid lobe or bilateral PTC include age ≤ 35.5 years, right tumor size ≥ 0.85 cm, capsular invasion, metastatic lymph node (right cervical central VI-1) number ≥ 2, metastatic lymph node (right cervical central VI-1) size ≥ 0.45 cm, and metastatic lymph node number in the right cervical lateral compartment ≥ 1. In patients whose risk factors can be identified pre-operatively or intraoperatively, the dissection of LN-pr-RLN should be considered during right cervical central compartment dissection.

  20. [Comparison of HER2 gene status between primary breast cancer and synchronous axillary lymph node metastasis].

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    Liu, Y Y; Wu, S F; Liang, Z Y; Zeng, X

    2016-06-08

    To investigate the discordant rate of HER2 gene status between primary breast cancer and synchronous axillary lymph node metastasis. One hundred and fifty cases of primary breast cancer with corresponding synchronous lymph node metastases were collected, including 50 cases of HER2 FISH positive, 50 cases of HER2 FISH negative and 50 cases of HER2 FISH equivocal primary tumors, at Peking Union Medical College Hospital between May 2012 and June 2015. The HER2 gene status in lymph node metastatic tumors was analyzed by FISH, and the discordance of HER2 gene status was identified between primary and metastatic tumors. The incidence of discordant HER2 gene status between primary breast cancer and synchronous lymph node metastasis was 20.67%(31/150). Forty-four FISH positive, 3 FISH equivocal and 3 FISH negative cases were found in the first group of 50 patients with HER2 positive results in primary tumor. Forty seven FISH negative, 3 FISH equivocal cases were discovered in the second group of 50 patients with HER2 negative results in primary tumor. Four FISH positive, 18 FISH negative and 28 equivocal cases were observed in the third group of 50 patients with HER2 equivocal results in primary tumor. The discordance of HER2 gene status between primary tumor and lymph node metastasis in the third group of patients was significantly higher than the other two groups (Pgene status between the primary and lymph node metastatic tumors exists. Patients with lymph node metastasis, simultaneous testing of HER2 status may be performed in both primary breast tumor and its lymph node metastasis. HER2 status of nodal metastatic lesion may be more relevant for guiding anti-HER2 target therapy.

  1. Open cervical lymph node biopsy for head and neck cancers: any benefit?

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    Adoga, Adeyi A.; Silas, Olugbenga A; Nimkur, Tonga L.

    2009-01-01

    Background Most patients with head and neck cancers in our environment present late and usually first to the general surgeons whose practice is to subject these patients to open cervical lymph node biopsy without a prior examination under anesthesia and endoscopic biopsy from the primary tumor site in order to obtain a histological diagnosis. This paper presents the influence of open cervical lymph node biopsy on the clinical outcome of patients with head and neck cancers in our environment. ...

  2. Multimodal imaging of lymph nodes and tumors using glycol-chitosan-coated gold nanoparticles (Conference Presentation)

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    Sun, In-Cheol; Dumani, Diego S.; Emelianov, Stanislav Y.

    2017-03-01

    A key step in staging cancer is the diagnosis of metastasis that spreads through lymphatic system. For this reason, researchers develop various methods of sentinel lymph node mapping that often use a radioactive tracer. This study introduces a safe, cost-effective, high-resolution, high-sensitivity, and real-time method of visualizing the sentinel lymph node: ultrasound-guided photoacoustic (US/PA) imaging augmented by a contrast agent. In this work, we use clearable gold nanoparticles covered by a biocompatible polymer (glycol chitosan) to enhance cellular uptake by macrophages abundant in lymph nodes. We incubate macrophages with glycol-chitosan-coated gold nanoparticles (0.05 mg Au/ml), and then fix them with paraformaldehyde solution for an analysis of in vitro dark-field microscopy and cell phantom. The analysis shows enhanced cellular uptake of nanoparticles by macrophages and strong photoacoustic signal from labeled cells in tissue-mimicking cell phantoms consisting gelatin solution (6 %) with silica gel (25 μm, 0.3%) and fixed macrophages. The in-vivo US/PA imaging of cervical lymph nodes in healthy mice (nu/nu, female, 5 weeks) indicates a strong photoacoustic signal from a lymph node 10 minutes post-injection (2.5 mg Au/ml, 80 μl). The signal intensity and the nanoparticle-labeled volume of tissue within the lymph node continues to increase until 4 h post-injection. Histological analysis further confirms the accumulation of gold nanoparticles within the lymph nodes. This work suggests the feasibility of molecular/cellular US/PA imaging with biocompatible gold nanoparticles as a photoacoustic contrast agent in the diagnosis of lymph-node-related diseases.

  3. Clinicopathologic factors and molecular markers related to lymph node metastasis in early gastric cancer.

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    Jin, Eun Hyo; Lee, Dong Ho; Jung, Sung-Ae; Shim, Ki-Nam; Seo, Ji Yeon; Kim, Nayoung; Shin, Cheol Min; Yoon, Hyuk; Jung, Hyun Chae

    2015-01-14

    To analyze predictive factors for lymph node metastasis in early gastric cancer. We analyzed 1104 patients with early gastric cancer (EGC) who underwent a gastrectomy with lymph-node dissection from May 2003 through July 2011. The clinicopathologic factors and molecular markers were assessed as predictors for lymph node metastasis. Molecular markers such as microsatellite instability, human mutL homolog 1, p53, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) were included. The χ(2) test and logistic regression analysis were used to determine clinicopathologic parameters. Lymph node metastasis was observed in 104 (9.4%) of 1104 patients. Among 104 cases of lymph node positive patients, 24 patients (3.8%) were mucosal cancers and 80 patients (16.7%) were submucosal. According to histologic evaluation, the number of lymph node metastasis found was 4 (1.7%) for well differentiated tubular adenocarcinoma, 45 (11.3%) for moderately differentiated tubular adenocarcinoma, 36 (14.8%) for poorly differentiated tubular adenocarcinoma, and 19 (8.4%) for signet ring cell carcinoma. Of 690 EGC cases, 77 cases (11.2%) showed EGFR overexpression. HER2 overexpression was present in 110 cases (27.1%) of 406 EGC patients. With multivariate analysis, female gender (OR = 2.281, P = 0.009), presence of lymphovascular invasion (OR = 10.950, P < 0.0001), diameter (≥ 20 mm, OR = 3.173, P = 0.01), and EGFR overexpression (OR = 2.185, P = 0.044) were independent risk factors for lymph node involvement. Female gender, tumor size, lymphovascular invasion and EGFR overexpression were predictive risk factors for lymph node metastasis in EGC.

  4. Expression profiling of lymph nodes in tuberculosis patients reveal inflammatory milieu at site of infection

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    Abhijit Maji; Richa Misra; Anupam Kumar Mondal; Dhirendra Kumar; Divya Bajaj; Anshika Singhal; Gunjan Arora; Asani Bhaduri; Andaleeb Sajid; Sugandha Bhatia; Sompal Singh; Harshvardhan Singh; Vivek Rao; Debasis Dash; Baby Shalini, E

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    Extrapulmonary manifestations constitute 15 to 20% of tuberculosis cases, with lymph node tuberculosis (LNTB) as the most common form of infection. However, diagnosis and treatment advances are hindered by lack of understanding of LNTB biology. To identify host response, Mycobacterium tuberculosis infected lymph nodes from LNTB patients were studied by means of transcriptomics and quantitative proteomics analyses. The selected targets obtained by comparative analyses were validated by quantit...

  5. Differential function of dendritic cells isolated from blood and lymph nodes.

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    Hill, S; Coates, J P; Kimber, I; Knight, S C

    1994-01-01

    Dendritic cells (DC) isolated from the lymph nodes or spleens of mice and pulsed with contact sensitizers or protein antigens stimulate primary proliferative responses by syngeneic T cells and responses to alloantigens in the mixed leucocyte reaction (MLR). Using enriched human peripheral blood DC, we attempted to stimulate primary immune responses to contact sensitizers by autologous lymphocytes in vitro. No significant proliferation above background levels or CD69 expression (an early activation antigen on lymphocytes) was detected despite using a wide range of donors, chemicals, antigens and cell concentrations. Culture of DC for up to 5 days in vitro in the presence of phytohaemagglutinin (PHA)-conditioned culture supernatants, or recombinant granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) also failed to induce primary proliferative responses to contact sensitizers. Comparisons were made between blood and lymph node DC from mice to explore whether the lack of stimulation was the result of differences between mouse and human DC or between DC isolated from different tissues. DC from lymph nodes stimulated primary responses to contact sensitizers in both blood and lymph node lymphocytes whereas blood DC did not stimulate responses. Both lymph node and blood DC stimulated an allogeneic MLR, although blood DC were less efficient than those from lymph node. The data show that DC from different tissues exhibit variable functional activity. DC from blood and lymph nodes were examined to determine whether surface antigen expression is related to functional activity. Murine blood DC expressed similar levels of LFA-1, LECAM-1 and CD44 compared with lymph node DC but lower levels of MHC class II, B7 and ICAM-1. These results may therefore have important implications for antigen processing and presentation in cells from different tissue compartments. PMID:7835950

  6. Human papillomavirus-driven neck lymph node metastases from oropharyngeal or unknown primary squamous cell carcinoma

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    Schroeder, Lea

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    Patients with neck squamous cell carcinoma from unknown primary tumor (NSCCUP) present with lymph node metastases without evidence for a primary tumor. Most patients undergo an aggressive multimodal treatment, which induces severe toxicity. Primary tumors of NSCCUP can be hidden in the oropharynx. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is causally involved in a subgroup of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas (OPSCC) associated with early lymph node metastasis and good prognosis. Detection of markers f...

  7. The prognostic significance of extramural deposits and extracapsular lymph node invasion in colon cancer.

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    Al Sahaf, Osama

    2011-08-01

    The status of resected lymph nodes in colon cancer determines prognosis and further treatment. The American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system has designated extramural nodules as nonnodal disease and classified them as extensions of the T category in the sixth edition and as site-specific tumor deposits in the seventh edition. Extracapsular lymph node extension is an established poor prognostic indicator in many cancers. Its significance in colon cancer has not been extensively investigated.

  8. Survival analysis of pure seminoma at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection.

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    Rice, Kevin R; Beck, Stephen D W; Bihrle, Richard; Cary, K Clint; Einhorn, Lawrence H; Foster, Richard S

    2014-11-01

    Viable seminoma encountered at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for pure testicular seminoma is rare due to the chemosensitivity of this germ cell tumor. In this study we define the natural history of viable seminoma at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. The Indiana University testis cancer database was queried from 1988 to 2011 to identify all patients with primary testicular or retroperitoneal pure seminoma and who were found to have pure seminoma at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. Clinical characteristics were reviewed and survival analysis was performed. A total of 36 patients met the study inclusion criteria. All patients received standard first line cisplatin based chemotherapy and 17 received salvage chemotherapy. The decision to proceed to retroperitoneal lymph node dissection was based on enlarging retroperitoneal mass and/or positron emission positivity in the majority of cases. Seven patients had undergone previous retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. Additional surgical procedures were required in 19 patients to achieve a complete resection. The 5-year cancer specific survival rate was 54%. However, only 9 of 36 patients remained continuously free of disease and of these patients 4 received adjuvant chemotherapy. Mean time from post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection to death was 6.9 months. Second line chemotherapy, reoperative retroperitoneal lymph node dissection and earlier era of treatment were associated with poorer cancer specific survival. A total of 36 patients with pure seminoma were found to have viable pure seminoma at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. While 5-year cancer specific survival was 54%, these surgeries are technically demanding and only a minority of patients achieves a durable cure from surgery alone. Copyright © 2014 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights

  9. First experiences of photoacoustic imaging for detection of melanoma metastases in resected human lymph nodes.

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    Grootendorst, D J; Jose, J; Wouters, M W; van Boven, H; Van der Hage, J; Van Leeuwen, T G; Steenbergen, W; Manohar, S; Ruers, T J M

    2012-09-01

    Excision and histological assessment of the first draining node (sentinel lymph node) is a frequently used method to assess metastatic lymph node involvement related to cutaneous melanoma. Due to the time required for accurate histological assessment, nodal status is not immediately available to the surgeon. Hence, in case histological examination shows metastases, the patient has to be recalled to perform additional lymphadenectomy. To overcome these drawbacks we studied the applicability of photoacoustic tomographic imaging as an intra-operative modality for examining the status of resected lymph nodes. In melanoma patients undergoing lymphadectomy for metastatic disease, six suspect lymph nodes were photoacoustically (PA) imaged using multiple wavelengths. Histopathologal examination showed three nodes without tumor cells (benign nodes) and three nodes with melanoma cells (malignant nodes). PA images were compared with histology and anatomical features were analyzed. In addition, PA spectral analysis was performed on areas of increased signal intensity. After correlation with histopathology, multiple areas containing melanoma cells could be identified in the PA images due to their increased response. Malignant nodes showed a higher PA response and responded differently to an increase in excitation wavelength than benign nodes. In addition, differences in anatomical features between the two groups were detected. Photoacoustic detection of melanoma metastases based on their melanin content proves to be possible in resected human lymph nodes. The amount of PA signal and several specific anatomical features seem to provide additional characteristics for nodal analysis. However, it is as yet preliminary to designate a highly accurate parameter to distinguish between malignant and benign nodes. We expect to improve the specificity of the technique with a future implementation of an adjusted illumination scheme and depth correction for photon fluence. Copyright © 2012

  10. The clinical implication of the number of lymph nodes harvested during sentinel lymph node biopsy and its effects on survival outcome in patients with node-negative breast cancer.

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    Kim, Mi Kyoung; Park, Hyung Seok; Kim, Jee Ye; Kim, Sanghwa; Nam, Sanggeun; Park, Seho; Kim, Seung Il

    2017-10-01

    The optimal number of sentinel lymph nodes (SLN) that need to be harvested to achieve favorable survival outcome during a SLN biopsy (SLNB) has not yet been established. Six hundred and thirteen patients with clinically node-negative breast cancer who underwent SLNB were reviewed. Survival outcomes according to the number of total harvested lymph nodes (THLNs), defined as the sum of enumerated SLNs and non-SLNs were analyzed. Patients with only 1 THLN showed lower recurrence-free survival (RFS) as compared to those with ≥2 THLNs (p = 0.049). In multivariate analysis, only 1 THLN was associated with poor RFS (HR = 2.711; p = 0.029). Removing at least 2 lymph nodes during SLNB may be acceptable. Harvesting only 1 lymph node should be undertaken cautiously because of false negative results and increasing the subsequent recurrence rate. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. CONSIDERATIONS ON ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF LYMPH VESSELS OF UPPER AERO DIGESTIVE ORGANS AND CERVICAL SATELLITE LYMPH NODE GROUP.

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    Ciupilan, Corina; Stan, C I

    2016-01-01

    The almost constant local regional development of the cancers of upper aero digestive organs requires the same special attention to cervical lymph node metastases, as well as to the primary neoplastic burning point. The surgical therapy alone or associated has a mutilating, damaging character, resulting in loss of an organ and function, most of the times with social implications, involving physical distortions with aesthetic consequences, which make the reintegration of the individual into society questionable. The problem of cervical lymph node metastases is vast and complex, reason why we approached several anatomical and physiological aspects of lymph vessels of the aero digestive organs. Among the available elements during treatment, the headquarters of the tumour, its histologic degree, and its infiltrative nature, each of them significantly influences the possibility of developing metastases.

  12. [Identification of cervical lymph node micrometastasis of tongue cancer by color Doppler and MRI].

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    Fan, Sufeng; Zhang, Quan; Li, Qiuli; Wang, Lina; Zheng, Lie; Liu, Longzhong

    2014-01-01

    To assess the values of color Doppler and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the identification of cervical lymph node micrometastasis of tongue cancer. Totally 96 cases of tongue cancer with impalpable neck lymph node was examined with color Doppler and MRI within one week before surgery. Chi-square test was used to assess if the presence of regional lymph node micrometastasis, histopathological analysis as a golden standard lymph node micrometastasis. For the diagnosis of cervical lymph node micrometastasis, color Doppler was significantly better than MRI in sensitivity (72.5% vs 50.0%, P = 0.039) and the accuracy (78.1% vs 64.6%, P = 0.038), but no significant difference in the specificity (82.1% vs 75.0%, P = 0.357), the positive predictive value (74.4% vs 58.8%, P = 0.159) and the negative predictive value (80.7% vs 67.7%, P = 0.108). Color Doppler is better than MRI in the sensitivity and accuracy for the diagnosis of cervical lymph node micrometastasis of tongue cancer.

  13. Dua-energy virtual noncontrast imaging in diagnosis of cervical metastasis lymph nodes

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of dua-energy virtual noncontrast imaging (DVNCT in the diagnosis of cervical metastasis lymph nodes. Materials and Methods: From February 2014 to January 2015, 41 patients with 98 enlarged cervical lymph nodes were recruited in this study. All the enlarged lymph nodes were pathology confirmed. The patients received DVNCT and conventional noncontrast scan. The difference of average computed tomography (CT value, signal to noise ratio, a contrast to noise ratio, image subjective assessment, and lesion detectability between virtual noncontrast imaging and conventional noncontrast scan were compared. The radiation dose of virtual noncontrast imaging and real noncontrast imaging of cervical lymph node were also compared. The diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for DVNCT was also evaluated. Results: No statistical difference of average CT value, signal to noise ratio, a contrast to noise ratio, image subjective assessment, and radiation dosage between virtual noncontrast imaging and conventional noncontrast scan were found. However, the radiation dosage of DVNCT was significant lower than that of conventional noncontrast scan (P < 0.05. The diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for malignant metastasis lymph node were 88.6% and 70.3% by DVNCT. Conclusion: DVNCT combined with contrast imaging can provide clear images in the diagnosis of enlarged cervical lymph nodes and reduce radiation dosage.

  14. Analysis of reticulin fiber pattern in lymph nodes with metastasis from oral squamous cell carcinoma

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    Shanmukha Raviteja Yinti

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The aim of the study was to determine the susceptibility of lymph nodes to metastasis in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC by analyzing the alterations in reticulin fiber pattern. Materials and Methods: This retrospective study on 30 cases of OSCC had 15 cases that presented with lymph node metastasis (test group and 15 cases without metastatic episodes (control group. Four micron thick sections of the tumor proper and the resected lymph nodes of the cases were stained with hematoxylin and eosin, and Gordon and Sweet′s stain for reticulin. Statistical analysis of the variations in the staining patterns of reticulin at the invasive tumor front (ITF, involved and uninvolved lymph nodes were done with Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS 15 version using chi-square test. Results: The assessment of reticulin fiber patterns at the ITF, cortical and medullary areas of lymph nodes in test cases showed thin, long individual fibers, as compared to thick, shorter interlacing fibers that were seen in control cases. The peritumoral and uninvolved areas in metastatic lymph nodes of almost all test cases showed very scant fibers. Conclusion: Reticulin pattern alteration by aggressive tumors may be appreciated as a part of the wide spectrum of "proneoplastic" stromal alterations. The histopathologist can discern these changes and thereby aid the clinician in predicting tumor behavior, the clinical course of the disease, and weighing the prognostic implications.

  15. Significance of lymph node capsular invasion in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Sakai, Makoto; Suzuki, Shigemasa; Sano, Akihiko; Tanaka, Naritaka; Inose, Takanori; Sohda, Makoto; Nakajima, Masanobu; Miyazaki, Tatsuya; Kuwano, Hiroyuki

    2012-06-01

    Extranodal invasion (ENI) has been reported to be associated with a poor prognosis in several malignancies. However, previous studies have included perinodal fat tissue tumor deposits in their definitions of ENI. To investigate the precise nature of ENI in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), we excluded these tumor deposits from our definition of ENI and defined tumor cell invasion through the lymph node capsule and into the perinodal tissues as lymph node capsular invasion (LNCI). The aim of the current study was to elucidate the significance of LNCI in ESCC. We investigated the associations between LNCI and other clinicopathologic features in 139 surgically resected ESCC. We also investigated the prognostic significance of LNCI in ESCC. LNCI was detected in 35 (25.2%) of 139 patients. The overall survival rate of the ESCC patients with LNCI was significantly lower than that of the ESCC patients with lymph node metastasis who were negative for LNCI. The survival difference between the patients with 1–3 lymph node metastases without LNCI and those with no lymph node metastasis was not significant. LNCI was significantly associated with distant organ recurrence. LNCI was also found to be an independent predictor of overall survival in addition to the number of lymph node metastases. LNCI in ESCC patients is an indicator of distant organ recurrence and a worse prognosis. LNCI could be used as a candidate marker for designing more precise staging and therapeutic strategies for ESCC.

  16. Duodenal gangliocytic paraganglioma with regional lymph node metastasis and a glandular component.

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    Ogata, Sho; Horio, Takuya; Sugiura, Yoshiaki; Aiko, Satoshi; Aida, Shinsuke

    2011-02-01

    Gangliocytic paraganglioma (GP) is generally considered to be a benign periampullary lesion, although it is unclear whether it should be classified as a hamartoma or as a neoplasm. Here, we present a GP case with lymph node metastasis. A 16-year-old boy complained of exertional dyspnea. Upper endoscopy and imaging studies revealed a polypoid ampullary tumor. Pancreaticoduodenectomy with lymph node dissection was performed due to swelling of peripancreatic lymph nodes. Histologically, the tumor consisted of three cell types: epithelioid; spindle; and ganglion cells. In addition to these typical components of GP, a distinct glandular component was also present. There was substantial invasion of tumor cells into the lymphovascular vessels, associated with lymph node metastases. These lymph node metastases were histologically similar to the primary tumor. To judge from these findings GP may be a true neoplasm with metastatic capacity. Pre- and intraoperative investigations for lymph node or distant metastases are required for adequate resection of this kind of tumor. © 2010 The Authors. Pathology International © 2010 Japanese Society of Pathology and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

  17. Paradoxical reaction associated with cervical lymph node tuberculosis: predictive factors and therapeutic management.

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    Chahed, Houda; Hachicha, Hela; Berriche, Aida; Abdelmalek, Rim; Mediouni, Azza; Kilani, Badreddine; Amor, Mohamed Ben; Benaissa, Hanene Tiouiri; Besbes, Ghazi

    2017-01-01

    The aims of this study were to determine predictive factors of paradoxical reaction in patients with cervical lymph node tuberculosis (TB) and to discuss the therapeutic management of this condition. A retrospective study was performed of 501 patients managed for cervical lymph node TB over a period of 12 years (from January 2000 to December 2011). Statistical data were analyzed using IBM SPSS Statistics version 20.0. Paradoxical reaction occurred in 67 patients (13.4%), with a median delay to onset after starting TB treatment of 7 months. Lymph node size ≥3cm and associated extra-lymph node TB were independently associated with paradoxical reaction. Treatment consisted of surgical excision (71.6%), restarting quadruple therapy (10.4%), reintroduction of ethambutol (23.8%), and addition of ciprofloxacin (20.8%); steroids were given in two cases . All patients recovered after an average treatment duration of 14.91±7.03 months. The occurrence of paradoxical reaction in cervical lymph node TB seems to be predicted by associated extra-lymph node TB and a swelling size ≥3cm. The treatment of paradoxical reaction remains unclear and more randomized trials are necessary to improve its management. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  18. Maintenance of head and neck tumor gene expression profiles upon lymph node metastasis.

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    Roepman, Paul; de Jager, Alike; Groot Koerkamp, Marian J A; Kummer, J Alain; Slootweg, Piet J; Holstege, Frank C P

    2006-12-01

    Spread of cancer and development of solid metastases at distant sites is the main cause of cancer-related deaths. To understand and treat metastases, it is important to determine at which stages the most pivotal steps for development of metastases occur. In head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), metastasis nearly always occurs first in local lymph nodes before development of distant metastasis. Here, we have investigated gene expression patterns in HNSCC lymph node metastases using DNA microarrays. Several types of analyses show that the gene expression patterns in lymph node metastases are most similar to the corresponding primary tumors from which they arose, as long as samples contain sufficient proportions of tumor cells. Strikingly, gene expression patterns of metastatic primary HNSCC are largely maintained upon spread to the lymph node. Only a single gene, metastasis-associated gene 1 (MTA1), was found to show consistently changed expression between a large number of matched primary tumor-lymph node metastasis pairs. The maintained expression pattern includes the predictive signature for HNSCC lymph node metastasis. These results underscore the importance of the primary tumor gene expression profile for development and treatment of metastasis. The findings also agree with the concept that disseminated cancer cells alter the surrounding tissue into a metastatic environment that resembles the primary tumor microenvironment.

  19. Risk factors for lymph node metastasis in ovarian cancer: Implications for systematic lymphadenectomy.

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    Zhou, Juan; Sun, Jia-Yuan; Wu, San-Gang; Wang, Xuan; He, Zhen-Yu; Chen, Qiong-Hua; Li, Feng-Yan

    2016-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the risk factors associated with lymph node metastases and to evaluate the role of systematic lymphadenectomy in ovarian cancer. We retrospectively reviewed patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer between December 2004 and March 2012. Demographics, pathologic findings, and correlations with lymph node metastases were assessed. A total of 256 patients were identified. The mean number of removed lymph nodes was 20.5 (range, 2-57), and 84 patients (32.8%) had nodal metastases. The mean number of positive lymph nodes was 3 (range, 1-40) in patients with lymph node metastases. Univariate analysis showed that serous histology, histological grade 2-3, and CA-125 level at diagnosis >740 U/mL were significant risk factors for lymph node metastases. Multivariate analysis showed that serous histology (odds ratio [OR], 2.728; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.072-6.945; p = 0.035), histological grade 2-3 (OR 1.897; 95% CI, 1.209-2.977; p = 0.005), and CA-125 level at diagnosis >740 U/mL (OR, 3.858; 95% CI 2.143-6.947; p ovarian cancer patients should be referred to the histological type, grade, and CA-125 level at diagnosis. Copyright © 2016 IJS Publishing Group Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. 5-Hydroxymethylcytosine expression in metastatic melanoma versus nodal nevus in sentinel lymph node biopsies.

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    Lee, Jonathan J; Granter, Scott R; Laga, Alvaro C; Saavedra, Arturo P; Zhan, Qian; Guo, Weimin; Xu, Shuyun; Murphy, George F; Lian, Christine G

    2015-02-01

    Sentinel lymph node biopsies are conducted to stage patients with newly diagnosed melanomas that have histopathological attributes conferring defined levels of metastatic potential. Because benign nevic cells may also form 'deposits' in lymph nodes (nodal nevus), the pathological evaluation for metastatic melanoma within sentinel lymph nodes can be challenging. Twenty-eight sentinel lymph node biopsy cases containing either metastatic melanoma (N=18) or nodal nevi (N=10) were retrieved from the archives of the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Pathology (2011-2014). In addition, two sentinel lymph node cases that were favored to represent metastatic disease but whose histopathological features were viewed as equivocal, with melanoma favored, were also included. Dual labeling for the melanocyte lineage marker, MART-1, and the epigenetic marker, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, a functionally significant indicator that has been shown to distinguish benign nevi from melanoma, was performed on all cases using immunohistochemistry and/or direct immunofluorescence. All (18 of 18) metastatic melanoma cases showed complete loss of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine nuclear staining in MART-1-positive cells, and all (10 of 10) nodal nevus cases demonstrated 5-hydroxymethylcytosine nuclear staining in MART-1-positive cells. In addition, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine staining confirmed the favored diagnoses of metastatic melanoma in the two 'equivocal' cases. Thus, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine may be a useful adjunctive marker to distinguish between benign nodal nevi and metastatic melanoma during the evaluation of sentinel lymph node biopsies for metastatic melanoma.

  1. A new method in thoracoscopic inferior mediastinal lymph node biopsy: a case report

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    Sanlı Maruf

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction We performed video-thoracoscopy with a video-mediastinoscope to conduct a mediastinal lymph node biopsy. Here, we discuss the various advantages of the method. Case presentation A 56-year-old Turkish Caucasian man had been complaining of dyspnea on exertion, hacking cough, fever and continuous sweating for one and a half months. Thoracic computed tomography revealed enlarged paratracheal and aorticopulmonary lymph nodes, the largest of which was 1 cm in diameter and reticulo-micronodular interstitial infiltration extending symmetrically to the pleural surfaces in both pulmonary perihilar areas. Computed tomography supported positron emission tomography showed increased fluorodeoxyglucose retention in lymph nodes in both hilar areas (10R and 10L (maximum standardized uptake values 5.6 and 5.7, and in the right lower paratracheal (4R (maximum standardized uptake value 4.1 and right para-esophageal (8 (maximum standardized uptake value 8.9 lymph nodes. Pathological examination of the right lymph node number 8 biopsy using the video-mediastinoscope revealed the presence of granulomatous inflammation. No problems were observed during the postoperative period. Conclusion The use of the video-mediastinoscope for inferior lymph node biopsy in thoracoscopy is an easy, safe and practical method, especially in patients with pleural adhesions.

  2. [A successful treatment by surgery for axillary lymph node recurrence of lung cancer].

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    Oda, Goshi; Kobayashi, Toshiko; Yokosuka, Tetsuya; Yasuno, Masamichi

    2012-11-01

    This case concerns a 78-year-old man, who was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 73. He underwent right lobectomy and lymph node dissection, and pathological analysis revealed a poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma, pT1N0M0 pStage IA. 15 months after surgery, computed tomography showed recurrence of lung cancer at the apex of thoracic cavity. He underwent radiation to the recurrence site, and 33 months after surgery, fluorodeoxyglucose uptake was observed at the axillary and infraclavicular lymph nodes in positron emission tomography examination. Treatment with pemetrexed was started because carcinomatous pericarditis was also found. Although pericardial effusion disappeared, the patient complained of the enlarged size of the axillary and infraclavicular lymph nodes and severe numbness in an arm. Beyond lymph node involvement, no other metastatic sites were found. An operation was performed to relieve the pain and the pathological analysis of lymph nodes showed metastases of lung cancer. The operation successfully reduced the pain experienced by the patient. There has been no further recurrence in the 9 months following surgery. Axillary lymph node metastasis is thought to be a distant metastasis; however, this is a case where local control was needed and was effective.

  3. Adjuvant radiotherapy after salvage lymph node dissection because of nodal relapse of prostate cancer versus salvage lymph node dissection only

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    Rischke, Hans Christian [University of Freiburg, Department of Radiation Oncology, Freiburg (Germany); University of Freiburg, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Freiburg (Germany); Schultze-Seemann, Wolfgang; Kroenig, Malte; Schlager, Daniel; Jilg, Cordula Annette [University of Freiburg, Department of Urology, Freiburg (Germany); Wieser, Gesche [University of Freiburg, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Freiburg (Germany); Drendel, Vanessa [University of Freiburg, Department of Pathology, Freiburg (Germany); Stegmaier, Petra; Henne, Karl; Volegova-Neher, Natalia; Grosu, Anca-Ligia [University of Freiburg, Department of Radiation Oncology, Freiburg (Germany); Krauss, Tobias; Kirste, Simon [University of Freiburg, Department of Radiology, Freiburg (Germany)

    2015-04-01

    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.) [German] Das nodal positive Prostatakarzinom(PCa)-Rezidiv nach Primaertherapie kann durch eine Salvage-Lymphadenektomie (Salvage-LND) therapiert werden. Der Krankheitsprogress wird aufgehalten und selektionierte Patienten

  4. Normal range of lymph node cross sections in different anatomic regions and its significance for CT diagnosis

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    Peters, P.E.; Beyer, K.

    1985-05-01

    In 102 patients, lymph node cross section measurements in different anatomic regions were taken from standard bipedal lymphograms without evidence of lymphatic disease. Corrections were made for geometric magnification due to anatomic changes in lymph node: film distances. In each region, the arithmetic mean, standard deviation, median value, Gaussian distribution, and 95% confidence limits were calculated. In 51 male patients (age range: 15 to 78 years) and 51 female patients (age range: 20 to 76 years), the following upper limits of normal lymph node cross section measurements were found: Retrocrural nodes - 7 mm, lumbar nodes - 10 mm, iliac lymph nodes - 12 mm, inguinal lymph nodes - up to 18 mm. The values obtained showed no statistically significant differences between male and female patients and between the right and left sides of the body. The problem of size as the only criterion of malignancy in computed tomography as well as in sonography of the retroperitoneal lymph nodes is discussed.

  5. Results of optical Monte Carlo simulations of a compact {gamma} camera for the detection of sentinel lymph nodes

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    Lowe, Dean; Truman, Andrew E-mail: atruman@bccancer.bc.ca; Kwok, Harry; Bergman, Alanah

    2001-07-11

    Breast cancer is most often treatable when detected in the early stages, before the primary disease spreads to sentinel lymph nodes in the axilla and supraclavicular region. A sentinel lymph node is the closest adjacent lymph node to receive lymphatic drainage from a primary breast tumour. It is from these nodes that cancer cells metastasise throughout the lymphatic system, spreading the disease. This work details the optical Monte Carlo modelling of an ultra compact, nuclear medicine {gamma} camera that will be used intra-operatively to detect malignant sentinel lymph nodes. This development will improve the identification and localisation of these sentinel nodes, thereby facilitating improved techniques for axillary lymph node dissection, and sentinel lymph node biopsy.

  6. Portable gamma camera guidance in sentinel lymph node biopsy: prospective observational study of consecutive cases.

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    Peral Rubio, F; de La Riva, P; Moreno-Ramírez, D; Ferrándiz-Pulido, L

    2015-06-01

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy is the most important tool available for node staging in patients with melanoma. To analyze sentinel lymph node detection and dissection with radio guidance from a portable gamma camera. To assess the number of complications attributable to this biopsy technique. Prospective observational study of a consecutive series of patients undergoing radioguided sentinel lymph node biopsy. We analyzed agreement between nodes detected by presurgical lymphography, those detected by the gamma camera, and those finally dissected. A total of 29 patients (17 women [62.5%] and 12 men [37.5%]) were enrolled. The mean age was 52.6 years (range, 26-82 years). The sentinel node was dissected from all patients; secondary nodes were dissected from some. In 16 cases (55.2%), there was agreement between the number of nodes detected by lymphography, those detected by the gamma camera, and those finally dissected. The only complications observed were seromas (3.64%). No cases of wound dehiscence, infection, hematoma, or hemorrhage were observed. Portable gamma-camera radio guidance may be of use in improving the detection and dissection of sentinel lymph nodes and may also reduce complications. These goals are essential in a procedure whose purpose is melanoma staging. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and AEDV. All rights reserved.

  7. Severe Paradoxical Reaction Requiring Tracheostomy in a Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-negative Patient with Cervical Lymph Node Tuberculosis

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    Park, In-Suh; Son, Dongwook; Lee, Chanwoo; Park, Jae Eun; Lee, Jin-Soo; Cheong, Moon-Hyun; Kim, Young Mo

    2008-01-01

    During drug treatment of tuberculous lymphadenitis, paradoxical response (PR) may occasionally occur. Continued treatment or lymph node aspiration improves PR without severe sequelae. However, we report a case of severe PR in a patient with cervical lymph node tuberculosis causing airway obstruction due to retropharyngeal lymph node swelling during antituberculous treatment. Tracheostomy and drainage of the node were performed to secure the airway. Possible airway obstruction due to PR must b...

  8. Episodic edema in type 2 lepra reaction can be caused by transient lymphatic obstruction in the lymph node.

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    Stanley, J N; Pearson, J M; Ridley, D B

    1986-06-01

    Fourteen patients with lepromatous leprosy developed attacks of edema of the hands and/or feet associated with attacks of type 2 lepra reaction (erythema nodosum leprosum). The regional lymph nodes were enlarged and often tender when edema was present. Lymph node biopsies in five cases showed compression of the subcapsular sinus against the thickened fibrotic capsule of the inflamed node. It is suggested that this obstructs the inflow of lymph into the regional nodes, thereby causing the edema.

  9. Residual lymph node disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy predicts an increased risk of lymphedema in node-positive breast cancer patients.

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    Specht, Michelle C; Miller, Cynthia L; Skolny, Melissa N; Jammallo, Lauren S; O'Toole, Jean; Horick, Nora; Isakoff, Steven J; Smith, Barbara L; Taghian, Alphonse G

    2013-09-01

    Axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) is recommended for patients with clinically node-positive breast cancer and carries a risk of lymphedema>30%. Patients with node-positive breast cancer may consider neoadjuvant chemotherapy, which can reduce node positivity. We sought to determine if neoadjuvant chemotherapy reduced the risk of lymphedema in patients undergoing ALND for node-positive breast cancer. The 229 patients who underwent unilateral ALND and chemotherapy were divided into two groups: 30% (68/229) had neoadjuvant and 70% (161/229) had adjuvant chemotherapy. Prospective arm volumes were measured via perometry preoperatively and at 3- to 7-month intervals after surgery. Lymphedema was defined as relative volume change (RVC)≥10%, >3 months from surgery. Kaplan-Meier curves and multivariate regression models were used to identify risk factors for lymphedema. Fifteen percent (10/68) of neoadjuvant patients compared with 23% (37/161) of adjuvant patients developed RVC≥10% (hazard ratio=0.76, p=0.39). For all patients, body mass index was significantly associated with lymphedema (p=0.0003). For neoadjuvant patients, residual lymph node disease after chemotherapy was associated with a ninefold greater risk of lymphedema compared to those without residual disease (p=0.038). Patients who underwent neoadjuvant chemotherapy did not have a statistically significant reduction in risk of lymphedema. Among patients who receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy, residual lymph node disease predicted a greater risk of lymphedema. These patients should be closely monitored for lymphedema and possible early intervention for the condition.

  10. Ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy of superficial lymph nodes: an alternative to fine-needle aspiration cytology for the diagnosis of lymph node metastasis in cutaneous melanoma.

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    Bohelay, Gérôme; Battistella, Maxime; Pagès, Cécile; de Margerie-Mellon, Constance; Basset-Seguin, Nicole; Viguier, Manuelle; Kerob, Delphine; Madjlessi, Nika; Baccard, Michel; Archimbaud, Alain; Comte, Christelle; Mourah, Samia; Porcher, Raphael; Bagot, Martine; Janin, Anne; De Kerviler, Eric; Lebbé, Céleste

    2015-12-01

    To investigate the diagnostic value of ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy (US-CNB) in suspected cases of lymph node metastasis from cutaneous melanoma. All patients with cutaneous melanoma followed in Saint-Louis Hospital between 2006 and 2010 who underwent US-CNB for suspicion of melanoma lymph node metastasis were reviewed retrospectively. Histopathological results of US-CNB samples were classified as melanoma, other malignancy, suspicious, inadequate, or benign. The diagnostic accuracy of US-CNB was assessed by comparison with two reference standards: histopathological examination of the radical lymph node dissection or, when this was not available, clinical and radiological follow-up. The data from 72 US-CNB were analyzed. Forty-four melanomas, 22 benign, three other malignancies, three inadequate samples, and no inconclusive specimens were diagnosed. Seventy-one US-CNB results were confirmed (98.6%). US-CNB achieved high sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value (respectively, 97.9, 100, and 100%). No adverse events were reported after the procedure. US-CNB provided a mean tissue volume of 16.7 mm per lymphadenopathy. US-CNB has diagnostic value similar to that of fine-needle aspiration cytology. It represents a reliable alternative method in melanoma lymph node metastasis to avoid surgery in patients who will not benefit from it. US-CNB provides relatively large samples of tissue suitable for comprehensive genomic analyses currently needed for research and personalized care of melanoma patients.

  11. Three-dimensional quantitative ultrasound for detecting lymph node metastases.

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    Saegusa-Beecroft, Emi; Machi, Junji; Mamou, Jonathan; Hata, Masaki; Coron, Alain; Yanagihara, Eugene T; Yamaguchi, Tadashi; Oelze, Michael L; Laugier, Pascal; Feleppa, Ernest J

    2013-07-01

    Detection of metastases in lymph nodes (LNs) is critical for cancer management. Conventional histological methods may miss metastatic foci. To date, no practical means of evaluating the entire LN volume exists. The aim of this study was to develop fast, reliable, operator-independent, high-frequency, quantitative ultrasound (QUS) methods for evaluating LNs over their entire volume to effectively detect LN metastases. We scanned freshly excised LNs at 26 MHz and digitally acquired echo-signal data over the entire three-dimensional (3D) volume. A total of 146 LNs of colorectal, 26 LNs of gastric, and 118 LNs of breast cancer patients were enrolled. We step-sectioned LNs at 50-μm intervals and later compared them with 13 QUS estimates associated with tissue microstructure. Linear-discriminant analysis classified LNs as metastatic or nonmetastatic, and we computed areas (Az) under receiver-operator characteristic curves to assess classification performance. The QUS estimates and cancer probability values derived from discriminant analysis were depicted in 3D images for comparison with 3D histology. Of 146 LNs of colorectal cancer patients, 23 were metastatic; Az = 0.952 ± 0.021 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.911-0.993); sensitivity = 91.3% (specificity = 87.0%); and sensitivity = 100% (specificity = 67.5%). Of 26 LNs of gastric cancer patients, five were metastatic; Az = 0.962 ± 0.039 (95% CI: 0.807-1.000); sensitivity = 100% (specificity = 95.3%). A total of 17 of 118 LNs of breast cancer patients were metastatic; Az = 0.833 ± 0.047 (95% CI: 0.741-0.926); sensitivity = 88.2% (specificity = 62.5%); sensitivity = 100% (specificity = 50.5%). 3D cancer probability images showed good correlation with 3D histology. These results suggest that operator- and system-independent QUS methods allow reliable entire-volume LN evaluation for detecting metastases. 3D cancer probability images can help pathologists identify metastatic foci that could be missed using conventional

  12. 3D quantitative ultrasound for detecting lymph-node metastases

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    Saegusa-Beecroft, Emi; Machi, Junji; Mamou, Jonathan; Hata, Masaki; Coron, Alain; Yanagihara, Eugene T.; Yamaguchi, Tadashi; Oelze, Michael L.; Laugier, Pascal; Feleppa, Ernest

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND Detection of metastases in lymph nodes (LNs) is critical for cancer management. Conventional histological methods may miss metastatic foci. Currently, no practical means of entire LN-volume evaluation exists. The aim of this study is to develop fast, reliable, operator-independent, high-frequency, quantitative-ultrasound (QUS) methods for evaluating LNs over their entire volumes for effectively detecting LN metastases. MATERIALS AND METHODS Freshly excised LNs were scanned at 26 MHz and echo-signal data were digitally acquired over the entire three-dimensional (3D) volume. 146 LNs of colorectal-, 26 LNs of gastric-, and 118 LNs of breast-cancer patients were enrolled. LNs were step-sectioned at 50-μm intervals and later compared to 13 QUS estimates associated with tissue microstructure. Linear-discriminant analysis classified LNs as metastatic or non-metastatic, and areas (Az) under receiver-operator characteristic (ROC) curves were computed to assess classification performance. QUS-estimates and cancer-probability values derived from discriminant analysis were depicted in 3D images for comparison with 3D histology. RESULTS 23/146 LNs of colorectal-cancer patients were metastatic; Az = 0.952 ± 0.021 (95% CI: 0.911 to 0.993); sensitivity 91.3% (specificity 87.0%); sensitivity 100% (specificity 67.5%). 5/26 LNs of gastric-cancer patients were metastatic; Az = 0.962 ± 0.039 (95% CI: 0.807 to 1.000); sensitivity 100% (specificity 95.3%). 17/118 LNs of breast-cancer patients were metastatic; Az = 0.833 ± 0.047 (95% CI: 0.741 to 0.926); sensitivity 88.2% (specificity 62.5%); sensitivity 100% (specificity 50.5%). 3D cancer-probability images showed good correlation with 3D histology. CONCLUSIONS These results suggest that operator- and system-independent QUS methods will allow reliable entire-volume LN evaluation for detecting metastases. 3D cancer-probability images can help pathologists identify metastatic foci that could be missed using conventional

  13. 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

  14. Neuroendocrine tumors of the large intestine: clinicopathological features and predictive factors of lymph node metastasis

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    Motohiro Kojima

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available A new histological classification of neuroendocrine tumors (NET was established in WHO 2010. ENET and NCCN proposed treatment algorithms for colorectal NET. Retrospective study of NET of the large intestine (colorectal and appendiceal NET was performed among institutions allied with the Japanese Society for Cancer of the Colon and Rectum, and 760 neuroendocrine tumors from 2001 to 2011 were re-assessed using WHO 2010 criteria to elucidate the clinicopathological features of NET in the large intestine. Next, the clinicopathological relationship with lymph node metastasis was analyzed to predict lymph node metastasis in locally resected rectal NET. The primary site was rectum in 718/760 cases (94.5%, colon in 30/760 cases (3.9%, and appendix in 12/760 cases (1.6%. Patients were predominantly men (61.6% with a mean age of 58.7 years old. Tumor size was less than 10 mm in 65.4% of cases. Proportions of NET G1, G2, G3, and MANEC were 88.4%, 6.3%, 3.9%, and 1.3%, respectively. Of the 760 tumors, 468 were locally resected, and 292 were surgically resected with lymph node dissection. Rectal NET showed a higher proportion of NET G1, and colonic and appendiceal NET was more commonly G3 and MANEC. Of the 292 surgically resected cases, 233 NET G1 and G2 located in the rectum were used for the prediction of lymph node metastasis. Lymphatic and blood vessel invasion were independent predictive factors of lymph node metastasis. NET G2 cases showed more frequent lymph node metastasis than that seen in NET G1 cases, but this was not an independent predictor of lymph node metastasis. Of the 98 surgically resected cases less than 10 mm in size, we found 9 cases with lymph node metastasis (9.2%. All cases were NET G1, and 8 of 9 cases were positive either for lymphatic invasion or blood vessel invasion. Using the WHO classification, we found NET in the large intestine showed a tumor-site–dependent variety of histological and clinicopathological features. Risk of

  15. Lymphocyte Circadian Clocks Control Lymph Node Trafficking and Adaptive Immune Responses.

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    Druzd, David; Matveeva, Olga; Ince, Louise; Harrison, Ute; He, Wenyan; Schmal, Christoph; Herzel, Hanspeter; Tsang, Anthony H; Kawakami, Naoto; Leliavski, Alexei; Uhl, Olaf; Yao, Ling; Sander, Leif Erik; Chen, Chien-Sin; Kraus, Kerstin; de Juan, Alba; Hergenhan, Sophia Martina; Ehlers, Marc; Koletzko, Berthold; Haas, Rainer; Solbach, Werner; Oster, Henrik; Scheiermann, Christoph

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    Lymphocytes circulate through lymph nodes (LN) in search for antigen in what is believed to be a continuous process. Here, we show that lymphocyte migration through lymph nodes and lymph occurred in a non-continuous, circadian manner. Lymphocyte homing to lymph nodes peaked at night onset, with cells leaving the tissue during the day. This resulted in strong oscillations in lymphocyte cellularity in lymph nodes and efferent lymphatic fluid. Using lineage-specific genetic ablation of circadian clock function, we demonstrated this to be dependent on rhythmic expression of promigratory factors on lymphocytes. Dendritic cell numbers peaked in phase with lymphocytes, with diurnal oscillations being present in disease severity after immunization to induce experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). These rhythms were abolished by genetic disruption of T cell clocks, demonstrating a circadian regulation of lymphocyte migration through lymph nodes with time-of-day of immunization being critical for adaptive immune responses weeks later. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. External validation of the updated Briganti nomogram to predict lymph node invasion in prostate cancer patients undergoing extended lymph node dissection.

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    Hansen, Jens; Rink, Michael; Bianchi, Marco; Kluth, Luis A; Tian, Zhe; Ahyai, Sascha A; Shariat, Shahrokh F; Briganti, Alberto; Steuber, Thomas; Fisch, Margit; Graefen, Markus; Karakiewicz, Pierre I; Chun, Felix K-H

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    We aimed to test accuracy and generalizability of a recently updated nomogram to assess the probability of lymph node invasion (LNI), when applied to a different European cohort of men undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP) with extended pelvic lymph node dissection (ePLND). The study cohort consisted of 1,282 men with clinically localized PCa who underwent RP and ePLND, including removal of obturator, external iliac, and hypogastric lymph nodes, between 01/2007 and 08/2011. Descriptive measurements included preoperative clinical and biopsy variables, such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA), clinical stage (CS), primary and secondary biopsy Gleason pattern, and percentage of positive cores. We used the area under curve (AUC) of the receiver operator characteristic analysis to quantify accuracy of the model to predict LNI. The extent of over- or under-estimation was explored graphically within loess calibration plots. The median number of removed lymph nodes was 15 with an interquartile range of 12-20. Twelve percent (n = 155) of men had LNI. Preoperative clinical and biopsy characteristics differed significantly (all P ≤ 0.002) between men with LNI and those without. External validation of the previously reported updated LNI nomogram showed very good accuracy (AUC: 0.829). A nomogram-derived cut-off of 4% could lead to a reduction of 48% of lymph node dissection, while missing 10% of patients with LNI. We report the external validation of an updated LNI nomogram, demonstrating accuracy and applicability in a different European cohort. A nomogram-derived cut-off of 4% confirmed good performance characteristics within a different external validation cohort. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Transbronchial needle aspiration of hilar and mediastinal lymph nodes

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    Deborah Lannes

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Besides clarifying the etiology of unidentified lymphadenomegaly, puncturing hilar and mediastinal lymph nodes by a flexible bronchoscopic needle is an aid in diagnosing and staging bronchogenic cancer or other metastatic cancers. Objective: Our study had the principal objective to evaluate the positivity of transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA. Method: We evaluated retrospectively the effectiveness of all TBNA done in 74 consecutive patients. Forty-nine patients were male and the median age was 59. We used Wang-needles, 21-gauge (Bard, USA, and the same technique described for differents authors. Of the 74 patients evaluated, 11(15% showed mediastinal mass and 65 (85% hilar mass. We observed 76 endoscopics abnormalities. Results: According to the classification of the specimens, we had 32/74 (43% unsatisfactory specimens, 34/74 (46% satisfactory and diagnostic specimens, and 8/74(11% satisfactory and non-diagnostic specimens. Thirty four (46% of the examinations were found to be positive out of the total amount of specimens. Of the positive results, 30/34 specimens (88% contained malignant disease. Small-cell carcinoma was the most frequent finding, with 10/34 cases (29%; squamous cell carcinoma 7/34 (21%; adenocarcinoma 7/34 (21%, non--small cell carcinoma 6/34 (17%; sarcoidosis 2/34 (6% and tuberculosis 2/34 (6%. Conclusion: Our study indicated that this method is safe, easy to perform, with a minimum of complications and useful for the diagnosis and staging of pulmonary neoplasms. Resumo: Introdução: A punção com agulha através da broncofibroscopia (TBNA, além de ser útil no esclarecimento das linfodenomegalias hilares e mediastinais, é também de utilidade no diagnóstico e estadiamento do carcinoma brônquico e de outras neoplasias metastáticas. Objectivo: Avaliar restrospectivamente a eficácia das TBNA realizadas em 74 doentes consecutivos. Quarenta e nove deles do sexo masculino e com

  18. Initial results of imaging melanoma metastasis in resected human lymph nodes using photoacoustic computed tomography

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    Jose, J.; Grootendorst, D.J.; Vijn, T.W.; Wouters, M.W.; van Boven, H.; van Leeuwen, T.G.; van Steenbergen, W.; Ruers, T.J.M.; Manohar, S.

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    The pathological status of the sentinel lymph node is important for accurate melanoma staging, ascertaining prognosis and planning treatment. The standard procedure involves biopsy of the node and histopathological assessment of its status. Drawbacks of this examination include a finite sampling of

  19. Lymph node dissection in patients with malignant melanoma is associated with high risk of morbidity

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    Ul-Mulk, Jamshaid; Hölmich, Lisbet Rosenkrantz

    2012-01-01

    Malignant melanoma is one of the most rapidly increasing cancer types globally, and it is by far the most serious skin cancer. Patients with a melanoma ≥ 1 mm in Breslow thickness are offered sentinel node (SN) biopsy and subsequent radical lymph node dissection if the biopsy is positive...

  20. Nodal basin recurrence following lymph node dissection for melanoma: implications for adjuvant radiotherapy.

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    Lee, R J; Gibbs, J F; Proulx, G M; Kollmorgen, D R; Jia, C; Kraybill, W G

    2000-01-15

    To analyze patterns of failure in malignant melanoma patients with lymph node involvement who underwent complete lymph node dissection (LND) of the nodal basin. To determine prognostic factors predictive of local recurrence in the lymph node basin in order to select patients who may benefit from adjuvant radiotherapy. A retrospective analysis of 338 patients undergoing complete LND for melanoma between 1970 and 1996 who had pathologically involved lymph nodes was performed. Mean follow-up from the time of LND was 54 months (range: 12-306 months). Lymph node basins dissected included the neck (56 patients), axilla (160 patients), and groin (122 patients). Two hundred fifty-three patients (75%) underwent therapeutic LND for clinically involved nodes, while 85 patients (25%) had elective dissections. Forty-four percent of patients received adjuvant systemic therapy. No patients received adjuvant radiotherapy to the lymph node basin. Overall and disease-specific survival for all patients at 10 years was 30% and 36%, respectively. Overall nodal basin recurrence was 30% at 10 years. Mean time to nodal basin recurrence was 12 months (range: 2-78 months). Site of nodal involvement was prognostic with 43%, 28%, and 23% nodal basin recurrence at 10 years with cervical, axillary, and inguinal involvement, respectively (p = 0.008). Extracapsular extension (ECE) led to a 10-year nodal basin failure rate of 63% vs. 23% without ECE (p basin at 10 years, compared to 16% for patients found to have involved nodes after elective dissection (p = 0.002). Lymph nodes larger than 6 cm led to a failure rate of 80% compared to 42% for nodes 3-6 cm and 24% for nodes less than 3 cm (p basin failure with 25%, 46%, and 63% failure rates at 10 years for 1-3, 4-10, and > 10 nodes involved (p = 0.0001). There was no significant difference in nodal basin control in patients with synchronous or metachronous lymph node metastases, nor in patients receiving or not receiving adjuvant systemic therapy

  1. Ensemble lymph node detection from CT volumes combining local intensity structure analysis approach and appearance learning approach

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    Nakamura, Yoshihiko; Nimura, Yukitaka; Oda, Masahiro; Kitasaka, Takayuki; Furukawa, Kazuhiro; Goto, Hidemi; Fujiwara, Michitaka; Misawa, Kazunari; Mori, Kensaku

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents an ensemble lymph node detection method combining two automated lymph node detection methods from CT volumes. Detecting enlarged abdominal lymph nodes from CT volumes is an important task for the pre-operative diagnosis and planning done for cancer surgery. Although several research works have been conducted toward achieving automated abdominal lymph node detection methods, such methods still do not have enough accuracy for detecting lymph nodes of 5 mm or larger. This paper proposes an ensemble lymph node detection method that integrates two different lymph node detection schemes: (1) the local intensity structure analysis approach and (2) the appearance learning approach. This ensemble approach is introduced with the aim of achieving high sensitivity and specificity. Each component detection method is independently designed to detect candidate regions of enlarged abdominal lymph nodes whose diameters are over 5 mm. We applied the proposed ensemble method to 22 cases using abdominal CT volumes. Experimental results showed that we can detect about 90.4% (47/52) of the abdominal lymph nodes with about 15.2 false-positives/case for lymph nodes of 5mm or more in diameter.

  2. The sentinel lymph node management: basics, techniques, documentation, classification, and recommendations regarding quality assurance; Das Sentinel-Lymph-Node-Management: Grundlagen, Technik, Dokumentation, Klassifikation und Empfehlungen zur Qualitaetssicherung

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    Maza, S.; Munz, D.L. [Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Charite - Universitaetmedizin Berlin (Germany)

    2006-06-15

    The sentinel lymph node (SLN) management represents one of the most fascinating developments world-wide in oncology during the last 15 years. The N{sub 0}M{sub 0}-situation in the context of pN-staging is the general indication and must be guaranteed before SLN diagnostics. An SLN is defined as one or more lymph node(s) to which lymphatic drainage and metastases from a (solid) primary tumour are most likely to occur. The SLN is visualised by lymphatic mapping using either a radioactive tracer, a vital dye, a lymphotropic MR-contrast agent or a combination of all (if necessary multimodal imaging). SLNs are reliably identified by the visualisation of an ''own'' afferent lymphatic vessel (further criteria are described). Instructions for the SLN diagnostic procedure in selected primary tumours are presented. Finally, suggestions on documentation and classification and also recommendations regarding quality assurance are addressed. (orig.)

  3. Comparison of molecular analysis and histopathology for axillary lymph node staging in primary breast cancer: results of the B-CLOSER-I study.

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    Vegué, Laia Bernet; Rojo, Federico; Hardisson, David; Iturriagagoitia, Alicia Córdoba; Panadés, Maria José; Velasco, Ana; Bonet, Eugeni López; Muñoz, Rafael Cano; Polo, Luis

    2012-06-01

    In breast cancer, the number of lymph node metastases is the strongest predictor of outcome. However, histopathology may underestimate the frequency of metastasis. Here we compare automated molecular detection of cytokeratin 19 mRNA by one-step nucleic acid amplification (OSNA) with histopathology of single tissue sections for the staging of axillary lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer. Axillary lymph nodes were collected from 55 patients with primary breast cancer and sentinel lymph node (SLN) metastases. The central 1-mm portion of each node was processed for hematoxylin-eosin staining, and the remaining tissue was analyzed by OSNA. According to OSNA, histopathology misclassified 41.8% of patients as negative for axillary node metastasis (P=0.007). Of the individual nodes considered negative by histopathology, 4.5% contained micrometastases and 2.5% contained macrometastases according to OSNA. Furthermore, 80% of micrometastases identified by histopathology were reclassified as macrometastases by OSNA. Histopathology failed to identify 81.1% of nodes shown to contain metastasis by OSNA. However, OSNA yielded no false-negative results. On the basis of OSNA results, 3 patients were reclassified to a higher pathologic stage. The number of SLN and non-SLN metastases was unrelated according to OSNA (P=0.891). These results show that, compared with molecular detection, histopathology of single tissue sections significantly underestimates the frequency of axillary node metastases. We discuss the implications of these findings in light of current recommendations on the staging of breast cancer.

  4. Impact of parenchymal tuberculosis sequelae on mediastinal lymph node staging in patients with lung cancer.

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    Lee, Seung Heon; Min, Joo-Won; Lee, Chang Hoon; Park, Chang Min; Goo, Jin Mo; Chung, Doo Hyun; Kang, Chang Hyun; Kim, Young Tae; Kim, Young Whan; Han, Sung Koo; Shim, Young-Soo; Yim, Jae-Joon

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    Because tuberculous (TB) involvement of mediastinal lymph nodes (LN) could cause false positive results in nodal staging of lung cancer, we examined the accuracy of nodal staging in lung cancer patients with radiographic sequelae of healed TB. A total of 54 lung cancer patients with radiographic TB sequelae in the lung parenchyma ipsilateral to the resected lung, who had undergone at least ipsilateral 4- and 7-lymph node dissection after both chest computed tomography (CT) and fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET)/CT were included for the analysis. The median age of 54 subjects was 66 yr and 48 were males. Calcified nodules and fibrotic changes were the most common forms of healed parenchymal pulmonary TB. Enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes (short diameter > 1 cm) were identified in 21 patients and positive mediastinal lymph nodes were identified using FDG-PET/CT in 19 patients. The overall sensitivity and specificity for mediastinal node metastasis were 60.0% and 69.2% with CT and 46.7% and 69.2% with FDG-PET/CT, respectively. In conclusion, the accuracy of nodal staging using CT or FDG-PET/CT might be low in lung cancer patients with parenchymal TB sequelae, because of inactive TB lymph nodes without viable TB bacilli.

  5. 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....

  6. Decompression of enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes due to mycobacterium tuberculosis causing severe airway obstruction in children.

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    Goussard, Pierre; Gie, Robert P; Janson, Jacques T; le Roux, Pieter; Kling, Sharon; Andronikou, Savvas; Roussouw, Gawie J

    2015-04-01

    Large airway compression by enlarged tuberculosis (TB) lymph nodes results in life-threatening airway obstruction in a small proportion of children. The indications, safety, and efficacy of TB lymph node decompression are inadequately described. This study aims to describe the indications and efficacy of TB lymph node decompression in children with severe airway compression and investigate variables influencing outcome. A prospective cohort of children (aged 3 months to 13 years) with life-threatening airway obstruction resulting from TB lymph node compression of the large airways were enrolled. The site and degree of airway obstruction were assessed by bronchoscopy and chest computed tomography scan. Of the 250 children enrolled, 34% (n = 86) required transthoracic lymph node decompression, 29% as an urgent procedure and 71% (n = 63) after failing 1 month of antituberculosis treatment that included glucosteroids. Compression (less than 75%) of the bronchus intermedius (odds ratio 2.28, 95% confidence interval: 1.29 to 4.02) and left main bronchus (odds ratio 3.34, 95% confidence interval: 1.73 to 6.83) were the best predictors for lymph node decompression. Human immunodeficiency virus status, drug resistance, and malnutrition were not associated with decompression. Few complications (self-limiting, 8%) or treatment failures (2%) resulted from the decompression. There were no deaths. In one third of children with TB, severe airway obstruction caused by enlarged lymph nodes requires decompression. Transthoracic decompression can be safely performed with low complication, failure, and fatality rates. Copyright © 2015 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. GSI Quantitative Parameters: Preoperative Diagnosis of Metastasis Lymph Nodes in Lung Cancer

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    Fengfeng YANG

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Background and objective Mediastinal involvement in lung cancer is an important prognostic factor affecting survival, and accurate staging of the mediastinum lymph node correctly identifies patients who can benefit the most from surgery. The aim of this study is to investigate the value of dual-energy spectral computed tomography (DEsCT imaging in differentiating metastatic from non-metastatic lymph nodes in lung cancer. Methods Forty-eight patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC underwent arterial (AP and portal venous (PP phase contrast-enhanced DEsCT imaging followed by surgical treatment. gemstone spectral imaging (GSI data images were reconstructed and transmitted to an offline workstation. GSI quantitative parameters, including lymph-node size, CT value, IC, water concentration, and spectral curve. Differences were tested for statistical significance using the two-sample t test. ROC analysis was performed to assess diagnostic performance. Results The mean short-axis diameter of metastatic LNs, slope of the spectral Hounsfield unit curve (λHU, normalized iodine concentration measured during, and both AP and PP were significantly higher in metastatic lymph node than that in benign lymph nodes. The best parameter for detecting metastatic lymph nodes was AP λHU when a threshold λHU of 2.75 was used; sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were 88.2%, 88.4%, and 87.0%, respectively. Conclusion Quantitative assessment with gemstone spectral imaging quantitative parameters showed higher accuracy than the qualitative assessment of conventional CT imaging features for the preoperative diagnosis of metastatic lymph nodes in patients with lung cancer.

  8. Automatic localization of IASLC-defined mediastinal lymph node stations on CT images using fuzzy models

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    Matsumoto, Monica M. S.; Beig, Niha G.; Udupa, Jayaram K.; Archer, Steven; Torigian, Drew A.

    2014-03-01

    Lung cancer is associated with the highest cancer mortality rates among men and women in the United States. The accurate and precise identification of the lymph node stations on computed tomography (CT) images is important for staging disease and potentially for prognosticating outcome in patients with lung cancer, as well as for pretreatment planning and response assessment purposes. To facilitate a standard means of referring to lymph nodes, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) has recently proposed a definition of the different lymph node stations and zones in the thorax. However, nodal station identification is typically performed manually by visual assessment in clinical radiology. This approach leaves room for error due to the subjective and potentially ambiguous nature of visual interpretation, and is labor intensive. We present a method of automatically recognizing the mediastinal IASLC-defined lymph node stations by modifying a hierarchical fuzzy modeling approach previously developed for body-wide automatic anatomy recognition (AAR) in medical imagery. Our AAR-lymph node (AAR-LN) system follows the AAR methodology and consists of two steps. In the first step, the various lymph node stations are manually delineated on a set of CT images following the IASLC definitions. These delineations are then used to build a fuzzy hierarchical model of the nodal stations which are considered as 3D objects. In the second step, the stations are automatically located on any given CT image of the thorax by using the hierarchical fuzzy model and object recognition algorithms. Based on 23 data sets used for model building, 22 independent data sets for testing, and 10 lymph node stations, a mean localization accuracy of within 1-6 voxels has been achieved by the AAR-LN system.

  9. Starry sky sign: A prevalent sonographic finding in mediastinal tuberculous lymph nodes.

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    Alici, Ibrahim Onur; Demirci, Nilg N Yilmaz; Yilmaz, Aydin; Karakaya, Jale; Erdogan, Yurdanur

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    We report a prevalent finding in tuberculous lymphadenitis (TL): Starry sky sign, hyperechoic foci without acoustic shadows over a hypoechoic background. We retrospectively searched the database for a possible relationship of starry sky sign with a specific diagnosis and also the prevalence and accuracy of the finding. Starry sky sign was found in 16 of 31 tuberculous lymph nodes, while none of other lymph nodes (1,015 lymph nodes) exhibited this finding; giving a sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and accuracy of 51.6%, 100%, 100%, 98.5%, and 98.5%, respectively. Bacteriologic and histologic findings are gold standard in the diagnosis of tuberculosis, but this finding may guide the bronchoscopist in choosing the more pathologic node within a station and increase the diagnostic yield as it may relate to actively dividing mycobacteria.

  10. Stromal Cell Networks Regulate Lymphocyte Entry, Migration, and Territoriality in Lymph Nodes

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    Bajénoff, Marc; Egen, Jackson; Koo, Lily Y.; Laugier, Jean Pierre; Brau, Frédéric; Glaichenhaus, Nicolas; Germain, Ronald N.

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    Summary Following entry into lymph nodes (LNs), B cells migrate to follicles, whereas T cells remain in the paracortex, with each lymphocyte type showing apparently random migration within these distinct areas. Other than chemokines, the factors contributing to this spatial segregation and to the observed patterns of lymphocyte movement are poorly characterized. By combining confocal, electron, and intravital microscopy, we show here that the fibroblastic reticular cell (FRC) network regulates naïve T cell access to the paracortex and also supports and defines the limits of T cell movement within this domain, whereas a distinct follicular dendritic cell (FDC) network similarly serves as the substratum for movement of follicular B cells. These results highlight the central role of stromal microanatomy in orchestrating cell migration within the LN. PMID:17112751

  11. Impact of Schwartz enhanced visualization solution on staging colorectal cancer and clinicopathological features associated with lymph node count.

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    Chapman, Brandon; Paquette, Cherie; Tooke, Chelsea; Schwartz, Michelle; Osler, Turner; Weaver, Donald; Wilcox, Rebecca; Hyman, Neil

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    Stage-specific survival for colon cancer improves when more lymph nodes are reported in the surgical specimen. This has led to a minimum standard of identifying 12 lymph nodes as a quality indicator. The aim of this study was to determine whether the addition of Schwartz solution increases node yield and impacts pathologic staging. This is a prospective cohort study. The study was conducted in an academic medical center. Included were 104 consecutive patients with colorectal cancer. Lymph node counts before and after specimen treatment with Schwartz solution and incidence of upstaging were measured. An additional 20 minutes (interquartile range, 15-40 minutes) was spent searching for lymph nodes, increasing the median number of nodes from 22.5 to 29.0 nodes. However, only 1 patient was upstaged. Schwartz solution decreased the number of specimens with less than 12 lymph nodes from 15 to 6. The following factors were associated with Schwartz solution leading to the detection of additional nodes: number of nodes detected initially with formalin only (p Schwartz solution increased the number of nodes detected in 95% of patients and improved compliance with the 12-node standard for colon resection, there was minimal impact on cancer staging. Upstaging is unlikely to explain the increase in overall survival in patients with higher lymph node counts, casting doubt on the validity of this process measure as a meaningful quality indicator. Rather, the lymph node count may be a reflection of inherent tumor biology or host-related factors.

  12. Patterns of recurrence in patients with melanoma after radical lymph node dissection.

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    Nathansohn, Nir; Schachter, Jacob; Gutman, Haim

    2005-12-01

    Previous interventions (excisional biopsy, incomplete dissection) in the regional basin that drain a melanoma site prior to definitive surgical procedures significantly increase the risk of melanoma recurrence in the surgical field. Retrospective analysis. Tertiary care referral center. One hundred forty-one consecutive patients who underwent radical lymph node dissection (RLND) either in the groin or the axilla owing to malignant melanoma were followed up for a median period of 41 months. All of the 141 patients received either elective or therapeutic RLND. Their medical records were analyzed for demographic data, disease history, previous treatments, recurrence patterns, and survival. Patterns of first recurrence after RLND and survival. Radical lymph node dissection was performed on 148 lymph node basins (141 patients; 86 axillae and 62 groins). Nineteen patients (13%) received previous open interventions in the lymph node basin (tampering) other than radical dissection. Radical lymph node dissection was performed prophylactically in 38 basins (26%), for palpable disease in 75 (51%), and for a positive sentinel node in 35 (24%). There were 74 failures (52%) of RLND: 51 patients (70%) with systemic disease, 12 (16%) with recurrence in the surgical field, 9 (11%) with in-transit metastases, and 2 (3%) with local recurrence. On multivariate analysis, the only significant predictors of recurrence after RLND were Breslow thickness of greater than 4 mm (P = .02), tampering (P = .01), and lymph node capsular invasion (P = .001). Tampering was the only independent prognosticator of failure in the surgical field, as tampering was noted in 10 (83%) of 12 patients with failure in the surgical field as compared with 6 (10%) of 62 patients with other types of first failures (Pbasin that drain a melanoma site prior to definitive surgical procedures significantly increase the risk of melanoma recurrence in the surgical field, and they should be avoided. Fine-needle aspiration

  13. The importance of extracapsular extension of axillary lymph node metastases in breast cancer.

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    Ilknur, Görken Bilkay; Hilmi, Alanyali; Tülay, Canda; Oguz, Cetinayak; Selma, Sengiz; Serdar, Saydam; Uğur, Yilmaz; Pinar, Balci; Omer, Harmancioğlu; Münir, Kinay

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    To evaluate the prognostic value of extracapsular extension (ECE) of axillary lymph node metastases in 221 patients with axillary lymph node-positive, T1-T2 breast cancer treated at Dokuz Eylul University Hospital, Department of Radiation Oncology. The clinical records of patients with axillary node-positive, pathological stage II-III breast cancer examined at Dokuz Eylul University Hospital, Department of Radiation Oncology, between 1991-1999 were reviewed. All patients underwent modified radical mastectomy (MRM) or wide excision with axillary node dissection. Axillary surgery consisted of level I-II dissection. The number of lymph nodes dissected from the axilla was equal to or more than 10 in 92% of the patients. All 221 patients had pathological T1-T2 tumors. The number of involved lymph nodes was four or more in 112 51% patients and less than four in the remaining 109 (49%). In 127 (57.5%) patients, extracapsular extension was detected in axillary lymph nodes. Tangential radiotherapy fields were used to treat the breast or chest wall. Lymphatic irradiation was performed in 215 (97%) patients with fields covering both the supraclavicular and axillary regions. Median radiotherapy dose for lymph nodes was 5000 cGy in 25 fractions. The following factors were evaluated: age, menopausal status, histological tumor type, pathological stage, number of involved axillary lymph nodes, and extracapsular extension. The chi-square test was used to compare proportions of categorical covariates between groups of patients with and without ECE. Survival analyses were estimated with the Kaplan-Meier method. The Cox regression model was used for the analysis of prognostic factors. The median follow-up for the survivors was 55 months (range, 19-23). The median age was 52 years (range, 28-75). In patients with extracapsular extension the percentages of pathological stage III (22% vs 4.3%, P extension was found to be directly proportional to the number of axillary lymph nodes

  14. Inguinal lymph node presenting as the delayed site of metastasis in early stage endometrial carcinoma: Case report

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    Shomaila Amir M. Akbar

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    Conclusion: Inguinal lymph nodes as delayed site of metastasis in early endometrial carcinoma is extremely rare entity. Incorporation of FDG-PET during the preoperative screening of inguinal nodes may be helpful. The impact of lymph node dissection and adjuvant radiation therapy on survival needs to be established.

  15. Detection of Melanoma Metastases in Resected Human Lymph Nodes by Noninvasive Multispectral Photoacoustic Imaging

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    Gerrit Cornelis Langhout

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Sentinel node biopsy in patients with cutaneous melanoma improves staging, provides prognostic information, and leads to an increased survival in node-positive patients. However, frozen section analysis of the sentinel node is not reliable and definitive histopathology evaluation requires days, preventing intraoperative decision-making and immediate therapy. Photoacoustic imaging can evaluate intact lymph nodes, but specificity can be hampered by other absorbers such as hemoglobin. Near infrared multispectral photoacoustic imaging is a new approach that has the potential to selectively detect melanin. The purpose of the present study is to examine the potential of multispectral photoacoustic imaging to identify melanoma metastasis in human lymph nodes. Methods. Three metastatic and nine benign lymph nodes from eight melanoma patients were scanned ex vivo using a Vevo LAZR© multispectral photoacoustic imager and were spectrally analyzed per pixel. The results were compared to histopathology as gold standard. Results. The nodal volume could be scanned within 20 minutes. An unmixing procedure was proposed to identify melanoma metastases with multispectral photoacoustic imaging. Ultrasound overlay enabled anatomical correlation. The penetration depth of the photoacoustic signal was up to 2 cm. Conclusion. Multispectral three-dimensional photoacoustic imaging allowed for selective identification of melanoma metastases in human lymph nodes.

  16. Prognostic value of lymph node ratio and number of positive inguinal nodes in patients with vulvar cancer.

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    Polterauer, Stephan; Schwameis, Richard; Grimm, Christoph; Macuks, Ronalds; Iacoponi, Sara; Zalewski, Kamil; Zapardiel, Ignacio

    2017-10-01

    To estimate the prognostic significance of lymph node ratio and number of positive nodes in vulvar cancer patients. This international multicenter retrospective study included patients diagnosed with vulvar cancer treated with inguinal lymphadenectomy. Lymph node ratio (LNR) is the ratio of the number of positive lymph nodes (LN) to the number of removed LN. Patients were stratified into risk groups according to LNR. LNR was correlated with clinical-pathological parameters. Survival analyses were performed. This analysis included 745 patients. In total, 292 (39.2%) patients had positive inguinal LN. The mean (SD) number of resected and positive LN was 14.1 (7.6) and 3.0 (2.9), respectively. High LNR was associated with larger tumor size and higher tumor grade. Patients with LNRs 0% (N0), >020% had 5-year overall survival (OS) rates of 90.9%, 70.7%, and 61.8%, respectively (PPatients with 0, 1, 2, 3 or >3 positive lymph nodes had 5-year OS rates of 90.9%, 70.8%, 67.8%, 70.8% and 63.4% respectively (Pnumber of positive nodes (P=0.8), age (P=0.2), and tumor grade (P=0.7), were not. In high-risk patients, adjuvant radiotherapy was associated with improved survival. LNR provides useful prognostic information in vulvar cancer patients with inguinal LN resection in vulvar cancer. LNR allows for more accurate prognostic stratification of patients than number of positive nodes. LNR seems useful to select appropriate candidates for adjuvant radiation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Differential Motion Between Mediastinal Lymph Nodes and Primary Tumor in Radically Irradiated Lung Cancer Patients

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    Schaake, Eva E. [Department of Thoracic Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Department of Radiation Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Rossi, Maddalena M.G. [Department of Radiation Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Buikhuisen, Wieneke A.; Burgers, Jacobus A. [Department of Thoracic Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Smit, Adrianus A.J. [Department of Pulmonary Disease, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Belderbos, José S.A. [Department of Radiation Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Sonke, Jan-Jakob, E-mail: j.sonke@nki.nl [Department of Radiation Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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    Purpose/Objective: In patients with locally advanced lung cancer, planning target volume margins for mediastinal lymph nodes and tumor after a correction protocol based on bony anatomy registration typically range from 1 to 1.5 cm. Detailed information about lymph node motion variability and differential motion with the primary tumor, however, is lacking from large series. In this study, lymph node and tumor position variability were analyzed in detail and correlated to the main carina to evaluate possible margin reduction. Methods and Materials: Small gold fiducial markers (0.35 × 5 mm) were placed in the mediastinal lymph nodes of 51 patients with non-small cell lung cancer during routine diagnostic esophageal or bronchial endoscopic ultrasonography. Four-dimensional (4D) planning computed tomographic (CT) and daily 4D cone beam (CB) CT scans were acquired before and during radical radiation therapy (66 Gy in 24 fractions). Each CBCT was registered in 3-dimensions (bony anatomy) and 4D (tumor, marker, and carina) to the planning CT scan. Subsequently, systematic and random residual misalignments of the time-averaged lymph node and tumor position relative to the bony anatomy and carina were determined. Additionally, tumor and lymph node respiratory amplitude variability was quantified. Finally, required margins were quantified by use of a recipe for dual targets. Results: Relative to the bony anatomy, systematic and random errors ranged from 0.16 to 0.32 cm for the markers and from 0.15 to 0.33 cm for the tumor, but despite similar ranges there was limited correlation (0.17-0.71) owing to differential motion. A large variability in lymph node amplitude between patients was observed, with an average motion of 0.56 cm in the cranial-caudal direction. Margins could be reduced by 10% (left-right), 27% (cranial-caudal), and 10% (anteroposterior) for the lymph nodes and −2%, 15%, and 7% for the tumor if an online carina registration protocol replaced a

  18. Lymphatic function is impaired following irradiation of a single lymph node.

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    Baker, Amy; Semple, John L; Moore, Sara; Johnston, Miles

    2014-06-01

    Lymph nodes are often the target of radiotherapy procedures. Unfortunately, the impact of nodal irradiation on lymphatic function is uncertain. In this study, our aim was to quantify the impact of lymph node irradiation on lymph flow. The popliteal node or the nodal excision site of rabbits was treated with four daily 8 Gy doses of radiation. A FITC-dextran tracer was infused into a prenodal popliteal lymphatic. The area under the tracer blood recovery curve (AUC) indicated lymphatic functionality and the inflow pressure versus flow rate relationship inferred resistance through the system. Fluoroscopic and histological examination provided supporting data. Radiation of intact nodes decreased lymph transport significantly at 1 week, 1 month, and 6 months post-treatment (AUCs of 207.9 ± 79.87, 191.6 ± 62.95, and 250.44 ± 46.45) in comparison to controls (667.32 ± 104.18). Surprisingly, this functional decline was similar to that detected with a combination of node removal and irradiation of the excision site. The pressure-flow relationships in all treatment groups were significantly different from controls. This may be due in part to fibrosis and the thickening of the nodal capsules and trabeculae observed at 1 and 6 months. Fluoroscopy and Evans blue dye studies revealed vigorous new lymphatic vessel growth and occasionally, vessels anastomosed with local veins. Irradiation of the popliteal lymph node impaired lymph transport and increased the pressure required to maintain flow through the system. New vessel formation and the growth of lymph-venous anastomoses indicated the development of alternative drainage pathways as a compensatory response.

  19. Investigating the role of SPECT/CT in dynamic sentinel lymph node biopsy for penile cancers

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    Saad, Ziauddin Zia; Bomanji, Jamshed [University College Hospitals London, Department of Nuclear Medicine, London (United Kingdom); UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, Institute of Nuclear Medicine, 5th Floor, London (United Kingdom); Omorphos, Savvas; Malone, Peter; Nigam, Raj; Muneer, Asif [University College Hospitals London, Department of Urology, London (United Kingdom); Michopoulou, Sofia; Gacinovic, Svetislav [University College Hospitals London, Department of Nuclear Medicine, London (United Kingdom)

    2017-07-15

    Currently, most centres use 2-D planar lymphoscintigraphy when performing dynamic sentinel lymph node biopsy in penile cancer patients with clinically impalpable inguinal nodes. This study aimed to investigate the role of SPECT/CT following 2-D planar lymphoscintigraphy (dynamic and static) in the detection and localization of sentinel lymph nodes in the groin. A qualitative (visual) review was performed on planar followed by SPECT/CT lymphoscintigraphy in 115 consecutive patients (age 28-86 years) who underwent injection of {sup 99m}Tc-nanocolloid followed by immediate acquisition of dynamic (20 min) and early static scans (5 min) initially and further delayed static (5 min) images at 120 min followed by SPECT/CT imaging. The lymph nodes detected in each groin on planar lymphoscintigraphy and SPECT/CT were compared. A total of 440 and 467 nodes were identified on planar scintigraphy and SPECT/CT, respectively. Overall, SPECT/CT confirmed the findings of planar imaging in 28/115 cases (24%). In the remaining 87 cases (76%), gross discrepancies were observed between planar and SPECT/CT images. SPECT/CT identified 17 instances of skin contamination (16 patients, 13%) and 36 instances of in-transit lymphatic tract activity (24 patients, 20%) that had been interpreted as tracer-avid lymph nodes on planar imaging. In addition, SPECT/CT identified 53 tracer-avid nodes in 48 patients (42%) that were not visualized on planar imaging and led to reclassification of the drainage basins (pelvic/inguinal) of 27 tracer-avid nodes. The addition of SPECT/CT improved the rate of detection of true tracer-avid lymph nodes and delineated their precise (3-D) anatomic localization in drainage basins. (orig.)

  20. Seroma fluid subsequent to axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer derives from an accumulation of afferent lymph.

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    Montalto, Erika; Mangraviti, Salvatore; Costa, Gregorio; Carrega, Paolo; Morandi, Barbara; Pezzino, Gaetana; Bonaccorsi, Irene; Cancellieri, Antonino; Mingari, Maria Cristina; Mesiti, Mario; Ferlazzo, Guido; Melioli, Giovanni

    2010-06-15

    Seroma is a frequent complication of breast cancer surgery, the etiology of which remains indefinite. It represents a subcutaneous accumulation of fluid frequently reported after surgical procedures such as axillary lymph node dissection. Despite previous studies have associated seroma fluid to an inflammatory exudate, the surgical removal of draining lymph nodes may indicate that seroma might not represent a mere exudate but rather an accrual of lymph drained from tributary tissues. To verify this hypothesis, seromas were collected at different intervals of time in patients operated upon for axillary lymph node removal. Fluids were analyzed in details by flow cytometry and biochemical assays for their cellular content and for their molecular features and relevant cytokine content. Lymphocytes and other peculiar blood mononuclear cells were present, while erythrocytes, platelets and granulocytes were absent or extremely rare. The protein concentration resulted lower (median 64%) than in peripheral blood. However, specific proteins related to locoregional tissues resulted highly concentrated (e.g. up to 500% for ferritin and 300% for lactate deydrogenase and exclusive presence of interleukin-6) whereas all enzymes and proteins synthesized in the liver or other organs (e.g. alkaline phosphatase, ALT, gammaGT, prealbumin, transferrin, ceruloplasmin, C3 and C4, alpha2 macroglobulin from liver; apolipoproteins from liver and gut; amylase and lipase from pancreas) were represented in reduced concentrations, thus ruling out that seroma proteins derive directly from blood serum. As a whole, this comprehensive cytological and molecular analysis provided evidences that seroma is constituted by serum ultrafiltrated-derived extracellular fluid of regions located upstream of removed lymph nodes. This fluid is then enriched by proteins and cells collected in the drained regions. Remarkably, seroma fluids collected in the same patient at different time points (up to 50 days

  1. Endometrial Cancer with Sarcoidosis in Regional Lymph Nodes: A Case Report

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    Satoshi Tamauchi

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Sarcoidosis is a chronic, multisystemic disease commonly affecting the lungs and lymphatic system and is characterized by the formation of noncaseating granulomas. Although several reports are available on cases developing both sarcoidosis and cancer metachronously, cases of simultaneous diagnosis of these diseases have rarely been reported. A 67-year-old woman diagnosed with endometrial cancer had developed systemic lymph node swelling, including bilateral hilar, paraaortic, and a few pelvic lymph nodes, as observed on preoperative imaging. During surgery, frozen sections of a paraaortic lymph node were examined, revealing noncaseating granulomas compatible with sarcoidosis. Next, modified radical hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and pelvic lymphadenectomy were performed. Postoperative pathological analysis revealed endometrioid adenocarcinoma of the uterus, and no metastasis but noncaseating granulomas were detected in the resected lymph nodes. Postoperatively, we identified cutaneous sarcoidosis and uveitis in the presence of a tuberculin-negative test. On the basis of these findings, we diagnosed the patients with endometrial cancer complicated by sarcoidosis. She underwent adjuvant chemotherapy, and at the 1-year follow-up, the lymph node swelling due to sarcoidosis was stable, and no recurrence of the cancer was observed. This turned out to be a case of early endometrial cancer mimicking advanced cancer by sarcoidosis. Histological confirmation and additional examination for sarcoidosis are necessary in cancer patients suspected of sarcoidosis.

  2. Endometrial Cancer with Sarcoidosis in Regional Lymph Nodes: A Case Report.

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    Tamauchi, Satoshi; Shimomura, Yuji; Hayakawa, Hiromi

    2015-01-01

    Sarcoidosis is a chronic, multisystemic disease commonly affecting the lungs and lymphatic system and is characterized by the formation of noncaseating granulomas. Although several reports are available on cases developing both sarcoidosis and cancer metachronously, cases of simultaneous diagnosis of these diseases have rarely been reported. A 67-year-old woman diagnosed with endometrial cancer had developed systemic lymph node swelling, including bilateral hilar, paraaortic, and a few pelvic lymph nodes, as observed on preoperative imaging. During surgery, frozen sections of a paraaortic lymph node were examined, revealing noncaseating granulomas compatible with sarcoidosis. Next, modified radical hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and pelvic lymphadenectomy were performed. Postoperative pathological analysis revealed endometrioid adenocarcinoma of the uterus, and no metastasis but noncaseating granulomas were detected in the resected lymph nodes. Postoperatively, we identified cutaneous sarcoidosis and uveitis in the presence of a tuberculin-negative test. On the basis of these findings, we diagnosed the patients with endometrial cancer complicated by sarcoidosis. She underwent adjuvant chemotherapy, and at the 1-year follow-up, the lymph node swelling due to sarcoidosis was stable, and no recurrence of the cancer was observed. This turned out to be a case of early endometrial cancer mimicking advanced cancer by sarcoidosis. Histological confirmation and additional examination for sarcoidosis are necessary in cancer patients suspected of sarcoidosis.

  3. Transcriptomic and innate immune responses to Yersinia pestis in the lymph node during bubonic plague.

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    Comer, Jason E; Sturdevant, Daniel E; Carmody, Aaron B; Virtaneva, Kimmo; Gardner, Donald; Long, Dan; Rosenke, Rebecca; Porcella, Stephen F; Hinnebusch, B Joseph

    2010-12-01

    A delayed inflammatory response is a prominent feature of infection with Yersinia pestis, the agent of bubonic and pneumonic plague. Using a rat model of bubonic plague, we examined lymph node histopathology, transcriptome, and extracellular cytokine levels to broadly characterize the kinetics and extent of the host response to Y. pestis and how it is influenced by the Yersinia virulence plasmid (pYV). Remarkably, dissemination and multiplication of wild-type Y. pestis during the bubonic stage of disease did not induce any detectable gene expression or cytokine response by host lymph node cells in the developing bubo. Only after systemic spread had led to terminal septicemic plague was a transcriptomic response detected, which included upregulation of several cytokine, chemokine, and other immune response genes. Although an initial intracellular phase of Y. pestis infection has been postulated, a Th1-type cytokine response associated with classical activation of macrophages was not observed during the bubonic stage of disease. However, elevated levels of interleukin-17 (IL-17) were present in infected lymph nodes. In the absence of pYV, sustained recruitment to the lymph node of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN, or neutrophils), the major IL-17 effector cells, correlated with clearance of infection. Thus, the ability to counteract a PMN response in the lymph node appears to be a major in vivo function of the Y. pestis virulence plasmid.

  4. The definition of the sentinel lymph node in melanoma based on radioactive counts.

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    Carlson, Grant W; Murray, Douglas R; Thourani, Vinod; Hestley, Andrea; Cohen, Cynthia

    2002-11-01

    There is no consensus on the definition of a hot, nonblue sentinel lymph node (SLN), despite the widespread use of radiocolloid in SLN mapping. A retrospective review of 592 patients with malignant melanoma who underwent SLN mapping was performed. Ex vivo SLN counts and nodal bed counts were obtained by using a gamma probe. The size of each metastatic deposit in an SLN was defined as macrometastases (>2 mm), micrometastases (melanoma cells. A total of 1175 SLNs (SLN(-), n = 1041; SLN(+), n = 134) were evaluated. The mean SLN count/bed counts were SLN(-), 322 +/- 980 and SLN(+), 450 +/- 910 (not significant [NS]) (>2 mm, 270 +/- 792 [NS]; melanoma cells/cluster of cells, 677 +/- 1189 [P =.036]). Overall, 16 (1.4%) of the SLNs collected had an overall ratio of < or =2. This included two positive SLNs (1.5%), both of which contained macrometastatic disease. Forty-seven positive nodal basins had at least one negative SLN. The hottest SLNs in these basins were negative for metastatic disease in nine cases (19.1%). In one basin (2.1%), the positive SLN count was <10% of the hottest lymph node count. Removal of lymph nodes until the bed count is 10% of the hottest lymph node will remove 98% of positive SLNs. Lymph node tumor burden influences radioactive counts.

  5. Transcriptomic and Innate Immune Responses to Yersinia pestis in the Lymph Node during Bubonic Plague▿ †

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    Comer, Jason E.; Sturdevant, Daniel E.; Carmody, Aaron B.; Virtaneva, Kimmo; Gardner, Donald; Long, Dan; Rosenke, Rebecca; Porcella, Stephen F.; Hinnebusch, B. Joseph

    2010-01-01

    A delayed inflammatory response is a prominent feature of infection with Yersinia pestis, the agent of bubonic and pneumonic plague. Using a rat model of bubonic plague, we examined lymph node histopathology, transcriptome, and extracellular cytokine levels to broadly characterize the kinetics and extent of the host response to Y. pestis and how it is influenced by the Yersinia virulence plasmid (pYV). Remarkably, dissemination and multiplication of wild-type Y. pestis during the bubonic stage of disease did not induce any detectable gene expression or cytokine response by host lymph node cells in the developing bubo. Only after systemic spread had led to terminal septicemic plague was a transcriptomic response detected, which included upregulation of several cytokine, chemokine, and other immune response genes. Although an initial intracellular phase of Y. pestis infection has been postulated, a Th1-type cytokine response associated with classical activation of macrophages was not observed during the bubonic stage of disease. However, elevated levels of interleukin-17 (IL-17) were present in infected lymph nodes. In the absence of pYV, sustained recruitment to the lymph node of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN, or neutrophils), the major IL-17 effector cells, correlated with clearance of infection. Thus, the ability to counteract a PMN response in the lymph node appears to be a major in vivo function of the Y. pestis virulence plasmid. PMID:20876291

  6. Sentinel lymph node detection in gynecologic malignancies by a handheld fluorescence camera

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    Hirsch, Ole; Szyc, Lukasz; Muallem, Mustafa Zelal; Ignat, Iulia; Chekerov, Radoslav; Macdonald, Rainer; Sehouli, Jalid; Braicu, Ioana; Grosenick, Dirk

    2017-02-01

    Near-infrared fluorescence imaging using indocyanine green (ICG) as a tracer is a promising technique for mapping the lymphatic system and for detecting sentinel lymph nodes (SLN) during cancer surgery. In our feasibility study we have investigated the application of a custom-made handheld fluorescence camera system for the detection of lymph nodes in gynecological malignancies. It comprises a low cost CCD camera with enhanced NIR sensitivity and two groups of LEDs emitting at wavelengths of 735 nm and 830 nm for interlaced recording of fluorescence and reflectance images of the tissue, respectively. With the help of our system, surgeons can observe fluorescent tissue structures overlaid onto the anatomical image on a monitor in real-time. We applied the camera system for intraoperative lymphatic mapping in 5 patients with vulvar cancer, 5 patients with ovarian cancer, 3 patients with cervical cancer, and 3 patients with endometrial cancer. ICG was injected at four loci around the primary malignant tumor during surgery. After a residence time of typically 15 min fluorescence images were taken in order to visualize the lymph nodes closest to the carcinomas. In cases with vulvar cancer about half of the lymph nodes detected by routinely performed radioactive SLN mapping have shown fluorescence in vivo as well. In the other types of carcinomas several lymph nodes could be detected by fluorescence during laparotomy. We conclude that our low cost camera system has sufficient sensitivity for lymphatic mapping during surgery.

  7. Diagnostic utility of IMP3 in segregating metastatic melanoma from benign nevi in lymph nodes.

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    Mentrikoski, Mark J; Ma, Linglei; Pryor, Jennifer G; McMahon, Loralee A; Yang, Qi; Spaulding, Betsy O; Scott, Glynis A; Wang, Hanlin L; Xu, Haodong

    2009-12-01

    Depending on the Breslow depth of the primary melanoma, sentinel lymph node biopsy is considered as standard of care for the staging of cutaneous melanoma, and is one of the most important prognostic factors. The histologic analysis of these specimens becomes difficult to interpret when benign intranodal nevic cells mimic metastases. Insulin-like growth factor-II messenger RNA (mRNA)-binding protein-3 (IMP3), also known as K homology domain-containing protein overexpressed in cancer or L523S, is a member of the insulin-like growth factor-II mRNA-binding protein family and has been shown to have diagnostic utility in distinguishing cutaneous melanoma from benign nevi. In this study, 43 sentinel lymph node biopsy specimens, including 13 with benign intranodal nevi and 30 with metastatic melanoma (two cases containing both benign nevi and metastatic melanoma), from 41 patients were immunohistochemically analyzed with a monoclonal antibody against IMP3. None of the benign intranodal nevi expressed IMP3, whereas 21 out of 30 (70%) of the lymph nodes containing metastatic melanoma did. It seems that IMP3 is helpful in distinguishing benign intranodal nevi from metastatic melanoma in sentinel lymph node biopsy specimens, and could be a valuable diagnostic adjunct in sentinel lymph node biopsy assessment in which questions arise as to the malignancy of the melanocytes present.

  8. Identification of the sentinel lymph node using hemosiderin in locally advanced breast cancer.

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    DE Aguiar, Paulo Henrique Walter; Aquino, Ranniere Gurgel Furtado DE; Alves, Mayara Maia; Correia, Julio Marcus Sousa; Oliveira, Ayane Layne DE Sousa; Viana, Antônio Brazil; Pinheiro, Luiz Gonzaga Porto

    2017-01-01

    to verify the agreement rate in the identification of sentinel lymph node using an autologous marker rich in hemosiderin and 99 Technetium (Tc99) in patients with locally advanced breast cancer. clinical trial phase 1, prospective, non-randomized, of 18 patients with breast cancer and clinically negative axilla stages T2=4cm, T3 and T4. Patients were submitted to sub-areolar injection of hemosiderin 48 hours prior to sentinel biopsy surgery, and the identification rate was compared at intraoperative period to the gold standard marker Tc99. Agreement between methods was determined by Kappa index. identification rate of sentinel lymph node was 88.9%, with a medium of two sentinel lymph nodes per patients. The study identified sentinel lymph nodes stained by hemosiderin in 83.3% patients (n=15), and, compared to Tc99 identification, the agreement rate was 94.4%. autologous marker rich in hemosiderin was effective to identify sentinel lymph nodes in locally advanced breast cancer patients.

  9. Identification of the sentinel lymph node using hemosiderin in locally advanced breast cancer

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    PAULO HENRIQUE WALTER DE AGUIAR

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: to verify the agreement rate in the identification of sentinel lymph node using an autologous marker rich in hemosiderin and 99 Technetium (Tc99 in patients with locally advanced breast cancer. Methods: clinical trial phase 1, prospective, non-randomized, of 18 patients with breast cancer and clinically negative axilla stages T2=4cm, T3 and T4. Patients were submitted to sub-areolar injection of hemosiderin 48 hours prior to sentinel biopsy surgery, and the identification rate was compared at intraoperative period to the gold standard marker Tc99. Agreement between methods was determined by Kappa index. Results: identification rate of sentinel lymph node was 88.9%, with a medium of two sentinel lymph nodes per patients. The study identified sentinel lymph nodes stained by hemosiderin in 83.3% patients (n=15, and, compared to Tc99 identification, the agreement rate was 94.4%. Conclusion: autologous marker rich in hemosiderin was effective to identify sentinel lymph nodes in locally advanced breast cancer patients.

  10. Low rates of loco-regional recurrence following extended lymph node dissection for gastric cancer.

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    Muratore, A; Zimmitti, G; Lo Tesoriere, R; Mellano, A; Massucco, P; Capussotti, L

    2009-06-01

    The study by MacDonald et al. [Chemoradiotherapy after surgery compared with surgery alone for adenocarcinoma of the stomach or gastroesophageal junction. N Engl J Med 2001;345:725-30] has reported low loco-regional recurrence rates (19%) after gastric cancer resection and adjuvant radiotherapy. However, the lymph node dissection was often "inadequate". The aim of this retrospective study is to analyse if an extended lymph node dissection (D2) without adjuvant radiotherapy may achieve comparable loco-regional recurrence rates. A prospective database of 200 patients who underwent a curative resection for gastric carcinoma from January 2000 to December 2006 was analysed. D2 lymph node dissection was standard. Recurrences were categorized as loco-regional, peritoneal, or distant. No patients received neoadjuvant or adjuvant radiotherapy. The in-hospital mortality rate was 1% (2 patients). The mean number of dissected lymph nodes was 25.9. Overall and disease-free survival at 5years were 60.7% and 61.2% respectively. During the follow-up, 60 patients (30%) have recurred at 76 sites: 38 (50%) distant metastases, 25 (32.9%) peritoneal metastases, and 13 (17.1%) loco-regional recurrences. The loco-regional recurrence was isolated in 6 patients and associated with peritoneal or distant metastases in 7 patients. The mean time to the first recurrence was 18.9 (95% confidence interval: 15.0-21.9) months. Extended lymph node dissection is safe and warrants low loco-regional recurrence rates.

  11. FDG PET/MR for lymph node staging in head and neck cancer

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    Platzek, Ivan, E-mail: ivan.platzek@uniklinikum-dresden.de [Dresden University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden (Germany); Beuthien-Baumann, Bettina, E-mail: bettina.beuthien-baumann3@uniklinikum-dresden.de [Dresden University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden (Germany); Schneider, Matthias, E-mail: m.schneider@mkgdresden.de [Dresden University Hospital, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden (Germany); Gudziol, Volker, E-mail: volker.gudziol@uniklinikum-dresden.de [Dresden University Hospital, Department of Otolaryngology, Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden (Germany); Kitzler, Hagen H., E-mail: hagen.kitzler@uniklinikum-dresden.de [Dresden University Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden (Germany); Maus, Jens, E-mail: j.maus@hzdr.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research, Bautzner Landstr. 400, 01328 Dresden (Germany); Schramm, Georg, E-mail: g.schramm@hzdr.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research, Bautzner Landstr. 400, 01328 Dresden (Germany); Popp, Manuel, E-mail: manuel.popp@praxisklinik-dresden.de [Dresden University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden (Germany); Laniado, Michael, E-mail: michael.laniado@uniklinikum-dresden.de [Dresden University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden (Germany); Kotzerke, Jörg, E-mail: Joerg.Kotzerke@uniklinikum-dresden.de [Dresden University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden (Germany); Hoff, Jörg van den, E-mail: j.van_den_hoff@hzdr.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research, Bautzner Landstr. 400, 01328 Dresden (Germany)

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    Objective: To assess the diagnostic value of PET/MR (positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging) with FDG (18F-fluorodeoxyglucose) for lymph node staging in head and neck cancer. Materials and methods: This prospective study was approved by the local ethics committee; all patients signed informed consent. Thirty-eight patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck region underwent a PET scan on a conventional scanner and a subsequent PET/MR on a whole-body hybrid system after a single intravenous injection of FDG. The accuracy of PET, MR and PET/MR for lymph node metastases were compared using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Histology served as the reference standard. Results: Metastatic disease was confirmed in 16 (42.1%) of 38 patients and 38 (9.7%) of 391 dissected lymph node levels. There were no significant differences between PET/MR, MR and PET and MR (p > 0.05) regarding accuracy for cervical metastatic disease. Based on lymph node levels, sensitivity and specificity for metastatic involvement were 65.8% and 97.2% for MR, 86.8% and 97.0% for PET and 89.5% and 95.2% for PET/MR. Conclusions: In head and neck cancer, FDG PET/MR does not significantly improve accuracy for cervical lymph node metastases in comparison to MR or PET.

  12. Nomogram analysis and external validation to predict the risk of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer.

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    Chen, Shi; Nie, Run-Cong; OuYang, Li-Ying; Li, Yuan-Fang; Xiang, Jun; Zhou, Zhi-Wei; Chen, YingBo; Peng, Jun-Sheng

    2017-02-14

    To identify risk factors for lymph node metastasis using a nomogram for gastric cancer patients to predict lymph node metastasis. The Chi-square test and the logistic regression showed that the Boarrmann type, preoperative CA199 level, T stage and N stage by CT scan were independent risk factors. The concordance index (C-index) was 0.786 in the internal validation of the Nomogram model. In the external validation, the C-index was 0.809, and the AUC was 0.894. The total accuracy of the prediction was 82.2%, and the false-negative rate was 5.4% with a cut-off value set at 0.109. The study consisted of 451 patients with a histological diagnosis of gastric cancer with 0 or 1 lymph node metastasis from the Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center as the development set, and the validation set consisted of 186 gastric cancer patients from the Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University. A Chi-square test and a logistic regression analysis were used to compare the clinicopathological variables and lymph node metastasis. The C-index and ROC curve were computed for comparisons of the nomogram's predictive ability. We developed and validated a nomogram to predict lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer before surgery. This nomogram can be broadly applied, even in general hospitals, and is useful for decisions regarding treatment programs for patients.

  13. Does debulking of enlarged positive lymph nodes improve survival in different gynaecological cancers?

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    Somashekhar, S P

    2015-08-01

    Lymph-node-positive gynaecological cancers remain a pharmacotherapeutic challenge, and patients with lymph-node-positive gynaecological cancers have poor survival. The purpose of this review is to determine whether a survival advantage arises from surgical debulking of enlarged positive lymph nodes in different types of gynaecological cancers. Information from studies published on the survival benefits from debulking lymph nodes in gynaecological cancers was investigated. Pertaining to therapeutic lymphadenectomy, survival benefit can be analysed in two ways, direct survival benefit following therapeutic lymphadenectomy of bulky positive metastatic lymph nodes and indirect survival benefit, which results after a sequela of systematic lymphadenectomy, proper, accurate staging of disease and stage migration and tailor-made adjuvant treatment. The direct hypothesis of therapeutic lymphadenectomy and survival benefit has been prospected in cervical cancers and vulval cancers and in post-chemotherapy residual paraarotic nodal mass in germ cell ovarian cancer. The indirect survival benefit of therapeutic paraarotic lymphadenectomy in high-risk endometrial cancers and advanced epithelial ovarian cancers needs to be tested in randomized controlled trials. More randomized controlled trials are required to investigate this research question. Further, indirect benefit due to tailor-made adjuvant treatment, secondary to accurate staging achieved as a sequela of systematic lymphadenectomy, needs to be analysed in future trials. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. A Meta-analysis of Carbon Nanoparticles for Identifying Lymph Nodes and Protecting Parathyroid Glands during Surgery.

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    Li, Yin; Jian, Wen-Hua; Guo, Zhu-Ming; Li, Qiu-Li; Lin, Shao-Jian; Huang, Hai-Yan

    2015-06-01

    To investigate the ability of carbon nanoparticles (CNs) to identify lymph nodes and protect parathyroid glands during thyroid cancer surgery. English and Chinese literature in PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, EMBASE, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the China Biology Medicine Database, the China Master's and Doctoral Theses Full-Text Database, the China National Knowledge Infrastructure, the WANFANG database, and the Cqvip database (from January 2009 to July 2014). Studies were included if they were randomized controlled trials or nonrandomized controlled trials for thyroidectomy and central neck dissections that compared the use of CNs with methylene blue or a blank control in patients undergoing initial thyroid cancer surgery. The primary outcomes were the number of retrieved central lymph nodes and the accidental parathyroid removal rate. This meta-analysis identified 11 randomized controlled trials and 4 nonrandomized controlled trials comprising 1055 patients. Compared with the outcomes of the blank controls, the use of CNs resulted in an average of 2.71 more lymph nodes removed per patient (weighted mean difference = 2.71, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.68-3.74, P parathyroid removal (odds ratio = 0.23, 95% CI = 0.10-0.54, P = .0008), and similarly reduced rates of transient hypoparathyroidism and hypocalcemia. Compared with methylene blue, the use of CNs resulted in an average of 1.50 more lymph nodes removed per patient (weighted mean difference = 1.50, 95% CI = 0.11-2.89, P = .03) and a 5% reduction in the rate of accidental parathyroid removal (odds ratio = 0.05, 95% CI = 0.01-0.29, P = .0007). CNs partially improve the extent and accuracy of neck dissection and preserve the normal anatomic structure and physiologic function of the parathyroid glands during thyroid cancer surgery. © American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation 2015.

  15. Lymphatic anatomy of the inguinal region in aid of vascularized lymph node flap harvesting.

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    Scaglioni, Mario F; Suami, Hiroo

    2015-03-01

    Vascularized lymph node transfer (VLNT) has shown promise as a treatment for breast cancer-related lymphedema, a common and debilitating condition among breast cancer survivors. In VLNT, the most popular lymph node flap donor site is the inguinal region; however, concerns about the possibility of iatrogenic lymphedema hamper the widespread adoption of VLNT. A better understanding of the anatomy of the lymphatic system in the inguinal region is essential to preserving lymph drainage in the leg and avoiding iatrogenic lymphedema. Five human cadaver hind-quarter specimens were used for this study. First, the specimens were scanned with indocyanine green fluorescence lymphography to map the lymphatic vessels. A dual injection technique using different radiocontrast media was then applied to delineate arteries and lymphatic vessels on radiographs. Finally, radiological analysis and meticulous dissection were used to investigate relationships between the arteries and lymphatic vessels. By chasing the lymphatic vessels retrogradely from their corresponding lymph nodes, we were able to divide the superficial inguinal lymph nodes into three subgroups: the abdominal, medial thigh, and lateral thigh nodes. We found no connections between the superficial and deep lymphatic system in the inguinal region. The dominant lymph nodes draining the leg were in the lower part of the inguinal triangle, and their efferent lymphatic vessels ran medial to the common femoral artery. Preserving the sentinel nodes of the lower leg in the medial thigh and their efferent lymphatic vessels is crucial to avoid iatrogenic lymphedema in limbs with donor sites for VLNT. Copyright © 2014 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Inguinal sentinel lymph node biopsy with only blue dye in lower extremity malignant melanoma

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    Omranipour R

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Sentinel lymph node (SLN biopsy has become the standard of care in malignant melanoma, it is commonly identified by intradermal injection of both radiocolloid tracer and Patent Blue Dye (PBD around the tumor. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of PBD in identifying inguinal SLN and also the accuracy of SLN mapping performed by peritumoral injection of PBD without combined radioisotope in malignant melanoma of lower extremity.Methods: Thirty consecutive patients with primary melanoma of lower exteremity who were referred to Cancer Institute of Tehran University of Medical Science between March 2003 to March 2006 were enrolled in this study. All patients had a preoperative pathologic diagnosis of malignant melanoma, median breslow thickness (range 1-4 mm and none had clinical or radiologic evidence of nodal involvement or distant metastases. At surgery PBD was injected around the lesion or scar of excisionl biopsy. Subsequently with a 5cm groin incision SLN Biopsy and complete lymph node dissection was done and all lymph nodes were sent for histopathologic examination. SLN examined by both hematoxylin-eosin and immunohistochemical staining.Results: SLN identification rate was 100%. No complication directly related to PBD injection was seen. Forty-eight sentinel lymph nodes and 195 non sentinel lymph nodes were harvested. Nineteen SLNS were found to be metastasic in 13 patients (47%. In these patients metastases were found in other inguinal lymph nodes.In the remaining 17 patients, both the SLN itself and the other removed nodes were negative for the metastatic involvement. Conclusions: Patent blue dye may be enough to identify superficial inguinal SLN in lower extremity melanoma.

  17. Comparison between 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Regional Lymph Nodal Staging in Patients with Melanoma: A Review of the Literature

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    Paoletta Mirk

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. to compare 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET to sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB for regional lymph nodal staging in patients with melanoma. Methods. We performed a literature review discussing original articles which compared FDG-PET to SLNB for regional lymph nodal staging in patients with melanoma. Results and Conclusions. There is consensus in the literature that FDG-PET cannot replace SLNB for regional lymph nodal staging in patients with melanoma.

  18. Auxiliary diagnosis of lymph node metastasis in early gastric cancer using quantitative evaluation of sentinel node radioactivity.

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    Kamiya, Satoshi; Takeuchi, Hiroya; Nakahara, Tadaki; Niihara, Masahiro; Nakamura, Rieko; Takahashi, Tsunehiro; Wada, Norihito; Kawakubo, Hirofumi; Saikawa, Yoshiro; Omori, Tai; Murakami, Koji; Kitagawa, Yuko

    2016-10-01

    Sentinel node (SN) mapping using dye and radioisotope (RI) tracer has been reported to be feasible in cases of early gastric cancer. Because accurate diagnosis of micrometastasis is sometimes difficult in the limited time available during surgery, a faster and simpler method of improving the intraoperative diagnostic precision of lymph node metastasis is needed. The amount of tracer deposited in an SN can be determined from its radioactivity; however, the significance of the RI count has not been fully discussed. We investigated the clinical impact of the RI count when used as an adjunct to conventional lymph node dissection when diagnosing lymphatic metastasis in cases of early gastric cancer. From 2008 to 2009, patients with clinically diagnosed T1N0M0 gastric cancers who underwent gastrectomy and SN mapping were enrolled. SNs were examined by intraoperative and postoperative pathology. The RI count was measured for each SN with a handheld gamma probe; the correlation between nodal metastasis and the RI count was assessed. A total of 308 SNs were harvested from 72 patients. Patients with SN metastasis had significantly higher total RI counts than those without SN metastasis (p = 0.007). Among cases with SN metastasis, RI counts were also significantly elevated in metastasis-positive nodes, stations, and basins. In these cases, the most of SNs having the highest RI count in each case had metastasis including isolated tumor cells. In early gastric cancer patients, a high RI count from an SN was correlated with lymph node metastasis. Therefore, RI counting may aid efficient pathological diagnosis and focused lymph node dissection.

  19. Lymph node management in the treatment of oral cancer: Analysis of a standardized approach.

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    Koerdt, Steffen; Röckl, Jonas; Rommel, Niklas; Mücke, Thomas; Wolff, Klaus-Dietrich; Kesting, Marco R

    2016-10-01

    A supraomohyoid neck dissection (SOHND) is part of the surgical management of patients with oral cancer, even in the absence of clinical or radiographic evidence of neck disease. We have investigated a standardized approach to the management of cervical lymph nodes, in patients with a primary oral cancer. A modified surgical technique has been presented and a clinical algorithm has been described and evaluated. SOHND was performed either uni- or bi-laterally. In cases of positive nodes in levels II or III, the dissection was extended in terms of a modified radical neck dissection (MRND) and a SOHND was performed contralaterally. 112 patients were included. 42% had lymph node metastases in any level. Overall, lymph node metastases were found in 2.8% of all examined nodes. Most metastases (34.6%) occurred in level Ib. 12.6% were located in level IIb. No metastases could be detected in levels IV and V. No statistically significant difference could be shown with regard to T-stage, location, or co-factors as gender and age. SOHND is the gold-standard in patients with no preoperative evidence of lymph node metastases. The presented algorithm is able to facilitate dissection and histological analysis and might improve the surgical care in current treatment concepts. The extension to an MRND facilitates the identification of patients in need of adjuvant therapy. Copyright © 2016 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Sentinel lymph node biopsy using indigo carmine blue dye and the validity of '10% rule' and '4 nodes rule'.

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    Nagao, Tomoya; Kinoshita, Takayuki; Hojo, Takashi; Kurihara, Hiroaki; Tsuda, Hitoshi

    2012-08-01

    This is the study which assessed sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) using indigo carmine blue dye and the validity of the '10% rule' and '4 nodes rule'. Patients (302) were performed SNB using the combined radioisotope (RI)/indigo carmine dye method. Excised SLNs were confirmed whether they were stained and numbered in order of RI count and the percentage of radioactivity as compared to the hottest node was calculated. The relationship between histological diagnosis, dyeing and RI count was assessed. All the patients were detected SLN. Positive nodes were identified in 84 (27.8%) patients and were identified up to the third degree of hottest. All the hottest positive nodes were stained by indigo carmine. From the results, removing the three most radioactive SLNs identified all cases of nodal metastasis without complications. These stopping rules were valid and useful under indigo carmine use too. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. What is the pelvic lymph node normal size? Determination from normal MRI examinations.

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    Ramirez, Marjorie; Ingrand, Pierre; Richer, Jean-Pierre; Herpe, Guillaume; Vesselle, Guillaume; Boucebci, Samy; Tasu, Jean-Pierre

    2016-05-01

    There are few previous reports on maximal pelvic lymph node sizes and no data on normal mesorectal nodes. Therefore, the aim of the study was to estimate the normal size of pelvic lymph nodes and to determine the upper limits of the normal range. Pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations were prospectively carried out using a Intera 1.5 T magnet (Philips, the Netherlands), on 36 healthy volunteers (22 females, 14 males, mean age 25 years). A balanced fast field echo (b-FFE) sequence was used with the following parameters: 3-mm-thick contiguous slice, matrix 512 × 512. Short axis diameters of pelvic and inguinal lymph nodes were measured in each anatomic territory (internal iliac, external iliac, common iliac, mesorectum and inguinal). After normalization of the measurements, the influences of age, gender, laterality and territory were evaluated. Upper limits (95th percentile) were then calculated. A total of 1147 lymph nodes were measured. Age, gender and side (right/left) had no significant influence on size. The upper limits of the normal range were, respectively, 5.3, 4.4, 6.3 and 3.9 mm for the external and common iliac, internal iliac, inguinal and mesorectum nodes. This work presents maximal normal values for each pelvic area, and the values for mesorectum nodes are reported for the first time. The mesorectum nodes should be considered as abnormal when they are over 4 mm in short diameter. For the other node areas, the upper limits of the normal range were, respectively, 6, 6, 5, 7 mm for the external and common iliac, internal, iliac and inguinal nodes for the short axis.

  2. Cervical Lymph Node Metastasis: Unusual Presentation of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma - Diagnosed By FNAC

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    Archana Buch

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC is a rare neoplasm that usually arises from minor salivary glands. It is characteristically locally infiltrative, exhibiting perineural invasion, has a tendency for local recurrence and prolonged clinical course. A 60 year old male, chronic smoker presented with swelling of the left cervical lymph node since two months. Examination revealed a solitary firm, non tender, non mobile left cervical swelling measuring 2 x 1 cm. Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC was done from the cervical lymph node. The diagnosis of metastatic deposits of ACC was given. Detail examination of the oral cavity revealed a small swelling at the floor of the mouth. Biopsy of the swelling confirmed ACC on histopathological examination. An unusual feature of adenoid cystic carcinoma is the low incidence of metastases to regional lymph nodes. The case is presented to highlight its unusual presentation and utility of FNAC in rapid diagnosis.

  3. The diagnostic value of lymph node biopsy to detect Castleman’s disease

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    Prashilla Soma

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available HIV is not indicated in the aetiology of Castleman’s disease. However, it impacts on the prevalence and natural history of this disease and significantly on the disease progression. Castleman’s disease is a uni- or multicentric disease of the lymph node with or without polyclonal proliferation of B-cells. It is a morphologically distinct form of lymph node hyperplasia and is characterised by significant architectural changes in all lymphatic compartments. Histopathologically, the disease is classified into two major subtypes: the hyaline-vascular type and the plasma-cell type. A mixed type is also identified, as there are frequent transitions between the types. The diagnosis of Castleman’s disease needs to be made histologically. Treatment modalities include surgery, which is curative for unicentric disease, and systemic therapy, which is needed for multicentric disease. This case highlights the diagnostic value of lymph node excision biopsy in HIV-infected patients. 

  4. EANM practice guidelines for lymphoscintigraphy and sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma

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    Bluemel, Christina; Herrmann, Ken; Giammarile, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE: Sentinel lymph node biopsy is an essential staging tool in patients with clinically localized melanoma. The harvesting of a sentinel lymph node entails a sequence of procedures with participation of specialists in nuclear medicine, radiology, surgery and pathology. The aim of this document...... is to provide guidelines for nuclear medicine physicians performing lymphoscintigraphy for sentinel lymph node detection in patients with melanoma. METHODS: These practice guidelines were written and have been approved by the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) to promote high......-quality lymphoscintigraphy. The final result has been discussed by distinguished experts from the EANM Oncology Committee, national nuclear medicine societies, the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) and the European Association for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) melanoma group. The document has been...

  5. Imaging of metastatic lymph nodes by X-ray phase-contrast micro-tomography

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    Jensen, Torben Haugaard; Bech, Martin; Binderup, Tina

    2013-01-01

    whether malignancy could be revealed by non-invasive x-ray phase-contrast tomography in lymph nodes from breast cancer patients. Seventeen formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded lymph nodes from 10 female patients (age range 37-83 years) diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinomas were analyzed by X-ray phase......-contrast tomography. Ten lymph nodes had metastatic deposits and 7 were benign. The phase-contrast images were analyzed according to standards for conventional CT images looking for characteristics usually only visible by pathological examinations. Histopathology was used as reference. The result of this study...... was that the diagnostic sensitivity of the image analysis for detecting malignancy was 100% and the specificity was 87%. The positive predictive value was 91% for detecting malignancy and the negative predictive value was 100%. We conclude that x-ray phase-contrast imaging can accurately detect density variations...

  6. Artificial neural networks as classification and diagnostic tools for lymph node-negative breast cancers

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    Eswari J, Satya; Chandrakar, Neha [National Institute of Technology Raipur, Raipur (India)

    2016-04-15

    Artificial neural networks (ANNs) can be used to develop a technique to classify lymph node negative breast cancer that is prone to distant metastases based on gene expression signatures. The neural network used is a multilayered feed forward network that employs back propagation algorithm. Once trained with DNA microarraybased gene expression profiles of genes that were predictive of distant metastasis recurrence of lymph node negative breast cancer, the ANNs became capable of correctly classifying all samples and recognizing the genes most appropriate to the classification. To test the ability of the trained ANN models in recognizing lymph node negative breast cancer, we analyzed additional idle samples that were not used beforehand for the training procedure and obtained the correctly classified result in the validation set. For more substantial result, bootstrapping of training and testing dataset was performed as external validation. This study illustrates the potential application of ANN for breast tumor diagnosis and the identification of candidate targets in patients for therapy.

  7. The Risk of Lymph-Node Metastasis with Positive Peritoneal Cytology in Endometrial Cancer

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    Garg, Gunjal; Gao, Feng; Wright, Jason D.; Hagemann, Andrea R.; Zighelboim, Israel; Mutch, David G.; Powell, Matthew A.

    2014-01-01

    Objective To determine the correlation between positive peritoneal cytology (PPC) and lymph node metastasis in patients with endometrial cancer grossly confined to the uterus. Methods Data were extracted from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database between 1988 and 2005. Only those patients with endometrial cancer grossly confined to the uterus who had undergone a complete staging procedure (lymph-node removal) were included. Statistical analysis used Chi-square test and logistic regression models. Results A total of 22,947 patients were identified. PPC was present in 3.5% of patients. The incidence of lymph node metastasis was significantly higher among patients with PPC compared to those with negative peritoneal cytology for all histologic types examined (pcytology status should continue to inform clinical decision-making in endometrial cancer. PMID:23196758

  8. [Bronchoesophageal fistula secondary to mediastinal lymph node tuberculosis: a case report and review of the literature].

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    Liao, Li-yue; Wu, Hua; Zhang, Nuo-fu; Liu, Chun-li; Li, Shi-yue; Gu, Ying-ying; Chen, Rong-chang

    2013-11-01

    To analyze the clinical features of 1 case of bronchoesophageal fistula (BEF) secondary to mediastinal lymph node tuberculosis. The clinical, auxiliary examinational and pathological data of 1 case with BEF were presented, and the literatures were reviewed. The patient was a 19 year old female, who was admitted to hospital because of fever and cough associated with liquid intake. It was diagnosed by chest CT scan, endobronchial ultrasound biopsy of mediastinal lymph nodes, and clinical testing (methylene blue). The BEF was closed after anti-tuberculosis therapy and preventing contamination of the fistula by indwelling stomach tube. Bronchoesophageal fistula secondary to mediastinal lymph node tuberculosis is rare. Chest CT scan, fiberoptic bronchoscopy, and clinical testing (methylene blue) are useful diagnostic tools for BEF.

  9. 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

    2013-12-12

    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 disease. One year later, the CT scan showed increased left axillary lymph nodes and a left pleural effusion. Direct and cultural examinations to exclude tuberculosis were again negative. Interferon-γ release assay testing for tuberculosis was undetermined and then positive. Lymph node and pleural tuberculosis were diagnosed and treated with a good radiological response. This article has provides evidence of the importance of continued search for the right diagnosis and that two diagnoses can happen in the same patient.

  10. Correlation between lymph node pathology and chemokine expression during bovine tuberculosis.

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    Widdison, Stephanie; Watson, Michael; Coffey, Tracey J

    2009-11-01

    Bovine tuberculosis is a disease of worldwide importance yet comparatively little is known about chemokine responses to infection. We report on the levels of chemokine expression within lymph nodes of cattle infected with Mycobacterium bovis when infection would be well established. Expression levels of a number of chemokines were increased in infected cattle and could be correlated to levels of respective chemokine receptors. Several chemokines were significantly correlated to pathology within the lymph node, indicating a direct relationship between chemokine expression and disease. Vaccinated animals challenged with M. bovis had lower levels of chemokine expression than unvaccinated, challenged animals, correlating with lower levels of disease in vaccinated animals. The chemokine expression profile correlated with previous evidence for a pro-inflammatory bias within the lymph node. At this stage of infection we suggest there is on-going chemokine expression by cells associated with the granuloma and continual recruitment of cells to control infection.

  11. Endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 2 is highly expressed in papillary thyroid microcarcinoma with cervical lymph node metastasis

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    Woo Young Kim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The cervical lymph node metastasis (CLNM of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC is not uncommon. However, prophylactic cervical lymph node dissection in all PTMC is debatable. Molecular markers of predicting CLNM would help to decide to either do or not do cervical lymph node dissection which might increase morbidities. Aims: We aimed to characterize gene expression profiles and molecular markers of CLNM in PTMC. Settings and Design: The thyroid frozen tissues were obtained with from six PTMC patients, who underwent total thyroidectomy. Methods: We performed oligonucleotide microarray analysis with three PTMCs with CLNM and three without CLNM. Real-time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction was used to validate the gene. Statistical Analysis Used: We used linear models for microarray data. Results: We identified 12 differentially expressed gene, and most one is endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 2 (ERAP2. Conclusion: ERAP2 might be associated with CLNM in PTMC.

  12. Cervical lymph node metastasis as the first and only manifestation of prostatic adenocarcinoma

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    Tadashi Terada, MD, PhD

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Prostatic carcinoma initially manifesting as only cervical lymph node swelling is a rare phenomenon. A 74-year-old man presented left cervical lymphadenopathy. An excisional biopsy was performed, and it was pathologically diagnosed as metastatic thyroid follicular carcinoma. However, imaging technique revealed no thyroid tumor or tumor in the body. The lymph node was re-examined 23 months after the first diagnosis: it showed adenocarcinoma positive for PSA and PSAH. Biopsy of the prostate was performed immediately, and it showed Gleason 8 (4 + 4 prostatic adenocarcinoma. Imaging technique showed two small metastases to pelvic bone. No other metastatic lesions were detected. The patient later developed acute myelogenous leukemia, and died of respiratory failure. The present case shows that prostatic adenocarcinoma can present only cervical lymph node swelling without metastases to other organs.

  13. Increased Lymph Node Yield Is Associated with Improved Survival in Rectal Cancer Irrespective of Neoadjuvant Treatment

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    Lykke, Jakob; Jess, Per; Roikjaer, Ole

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: It has been proposed that the lymph node yield achieved during rectal cancer resection is associated with survival. It is debated whether a high lymph node yield improves survival, per se, or whether it does so by diminishing the International Union Against Cancer stage drifting effect....... OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prognostic implications of the lymph node yield in curative resected rectal cancer. DESIGN: This study was based on data from a prospectively maintained colorectal cancer database. SETTINGS: This was a national cohort study. PATIENTS: All 6793...... patients in Denmark who were diagnosed with International Union Against Cancer stage I to III adenocarcinoma of the rectum and so treated in the period from 2003 to 2011 were included in the analysis. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome measure was overall survival. RESULTS: The observed percentages...

  14. 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......BACKGROUND: Long-term survival after colorectal cancer may be improved by more extensive resection of the primary tumor and lymph nodes. Resection of the gastroepiploic and infrapyloric lymph nodes in the gastrocolic ligament has been proposed as a standard procedure when resecting tumors located...... 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 proximity...

  15. Sentinel lymph node detection through radioguided surgery in patients with breast cancer

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    Abreu, Benedita Andrade Leal de; Santos, Adriana de Morais; Soares, Livia de Almeida; Santos, Antonio Ricardo dos; Barros, Idna de Carvalho; Abreu, Everardo Leal de; Cruz Filho, Alexandre Jorge Gomes da; Abreu, Joao Batista de; Vieira, Sabas Carlos [Universidade Estadual do Piaui, Teresina, PI (Brazil); Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica do Piaui (CEFET-PI), Teresina, PI (Brazil); Faculdade Sao Gabriel, PI (Brazil); Hospital Sao Marcos, PI (Brazil); Universidade Federal do Piaui (UFPI), Teresina, PI (Brazil)

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    Biopsy of the sentinel lymphnode (SLNB), the first lymphnode to receive lymphatic drainage from the primary tumor, accurately predicts the axillary lymph node status and, when negative, obviates the need for axillary lymphadenectomy (AL). The aim of this study was, to verify the SLN localization in breast cancer through preoperative lymphoscintigraphy and intraoperative gamma-probe, as well as to demonstrate the benefits of such techniques in preventing complications of AL. Medical records of 228 patients with breast carcinoma, who were underwent SLN localization and, radioguided surgery, from March 2005 to December 2007 were analyzed retrospectively. Data regarding age, tumor characteristic, breast involved, type of surgery, radiopharmaceutical drainage pattern, axillary assessment (SLNB or AL) and number of lymph nodes dissected were collected. It was ascertained that radioguided surgery is a selective method of axillary assessment in breast cancer, which makes this technique a safe alternative to radical assessment of total dissection of axillary lymph nodes and its subsequent complications. (author)

  16. Contemporary use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the head and neck

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    Nolan B. Seim

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Sentinel lymph node biopsy has become a well-established and commonplace practice in many oncologic disease sites as a means to stage the regional lymphatics, avoid unnecessary surgery and decrease patient morbidity. In the head and neck, its role is well established for cutaneous melanoma with proven fidelity and survival benefit. Its role in use for other sites such as oral cavity carcinoma continues to develop with promising results from several recent trials. Although not widely adopted, the potential benefits of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the management of oral cavity carcinoma are apparent. Refinements in technology and protocols including development of novel radiopharmaceutical tracers, routine incorporation of detailed anatomic imaging, increasing surgeon experience and development of new intraoperative identification aids will likely lead to improvements in the use and accuracy of this technique. Keywords: Oral cavity cancer, Sentinel lymph node, Head and neck cancer, Squamous cell carcinoma, Lymphoscintigraphy

  17. Outcomes of routine ilioinguinal lymph node dissection for palpable inguinal melanoma nodal metastasis.

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    Glover, A R; Allan, C P; Wilkinson, M J; Strauss, D C; Thomas, J M; Hayes, A J

    2014-06-01

    Patients who present with palpable inguinal melanoma nodal metastasis have two surgical options: inguinal or ilioinguinal lymph node dissection. Indications for either operation remain controversial. This study examined survival and recurrence outcomes following ilioinguinal dissection for patients with palpable inguinal nodal metastasis, and assessed the incidence and preoperative predictors of pelvic nodal metastasis. This was a retrospective clinicopathological analysis of consecutive surgical patients with stage III malignant melanoma. All patients underwent a standardized ilioinguinal dissection at a specialist tertiary oncology hospital over a 12-year period (1998-2010). Some 38.9 per cent of 113 patients had metastatic pelvic nodes. Over a median follow-up of 31 months, the 5-year overall survival rate was 28 per cent for patients with metastatic inguinal and pelvic nodes, and 51 per cent for those with inguinal nodal metastasis only (P = 0.002). The nodal basin control rate was 88.5 per cent. Despite no evidence of pelvic node involvement on preoperative computed tomography (CT), six patients (5.3 per cent) with a single metastatic inguinal lymph node had metastatic pelvic lymph nodes. Logistic regression analysis showed that the number of metastatic inguinal nodes (odds ratio 1.56; P = 0.021) and suspicious CT findings (odds ratio 9.89; P = 0.001) were both significantly associated with metastatic pelvic nodes. The specificity of CT was good (89.2 per cent) in detecting metastatic pelvic nodes, but the sensitivity was limited (57.9 per cent). Metastatic pelvic nodes are common when palpable metastatic inguinal nodes are present. Long-term survival can be achieved following their resection by ilioinguinal dissection. As metastatic pelvic nodes cannot be diagnosed reliably by preoperative CT, patients presenting with palpable inguinal nodal metastasis should be considered for ilioinguinal dissection. © 2014 BJS Society Ltd. Published by John Wiley & Sons

  18. Anatomic Distribution of Fluorodeoxyglucose-Avid Para-aortic Lymph Nodes in Patients With Cervical Cancer

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    Takiar, Vinita; Fontanilla, Hiral P.; Eifel, Patricia J.; Jhingran, Anuja; Kelly, Patrick [Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Iyer, Revathy B. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Levenback, Charles F. [Department of Gynecologic Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Zhang, Yongbin; Dong, Lei [Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Klopp, Ann, E-mail: aklopp@mdanderson.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States)

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    Purpose: Conformal treatment of para-aortic lymph nodes (PAN) in cervical cancer allows dose escalation and reduces normal tissue toxicity. Currently, data documenting the precise location of involved PAN are lacking. We define the spatial distribution of this high-risk nodal volume by analyzing fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-avid lymph nodes (LNs) on positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scans in patients with cervical cancer. Methods and Materials: We identified 72 PANs on pretreatment PET/CT of 30 patients with newly diagnosed stage IB-IVA cervical cancer treated with definitive chemoradiation. LNs were classified as left-lateral para-aortic (LPA), aortocaval (AC), or right paracaval (RPC). Distances from the LN center to the closest vessel and adjacent vertebral body were calculated. Using deformable image registration, nodes were mapped to a template computed tomogram to provide a visual impression of nodal frequencies and anatomic distribution. Results: We identified 72 PET-positive para-aortic lymph nodes (37 LPA, 32 AC, 3 RPC). All RPC lymph nodes were in the inferior third of the para-aortic region. The mean distance from aorta for all lymph nodes was 8.3 mm (range, 3-17 mm), and from the inferior vena cava was 5.6 mm (range, 2-10 mm). Of the 72 lymph nodes, 60% were in the inferior third, 36% were in the middle third, and 4% were in the upper third of the para-aortic region. In all, 29 of 30 patients also had FDG-avid pelvic lymph nodes. Conclusions: A total of 96% of PET positive nodes were adjacent to the aorta; PET positive nodes to the right of the IVC were rare and were all located distally, within 3 cm of the aortic bifurcation. Our findings suggest that circumferential margins around the vessels do not accurately define the nodal region at risk. Instead, the anatomical extent of the nodal basin should be contoured on each axial image to provide optimal coverage of the para-aortic nodal compartment.

  19. Temporary shielding of hot spots in the drainage areas of cutaneous melanoma improves accuracy of lymphoscintigraphic sentinel lymph node diagnostics

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    Maza, S.; Valencia, R.; Geworski, L.; Zander, A.; Munz, D.L. [Clinic for Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Charite, Humboldt University of Berlin, Schumannstrasse 20-21, 10117 Berlin (Germany); Draeger, E.; Winter, H.; Sterry, W. [Clinic for Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, University Hospital Charite, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin (Germany)

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    Detection of the ''true'' sentinel lymph nodes, permitting correct staging of regional lymph nodes, is essential for management and prognostic assessment in malignant melanoma. In this study, it was prospectively evaluated whether simple temporary shielding of hot spots in lymphatic drainage areas could improve the accuracy of sentinel lymph node diagnostics. In 100 consecutive malignant melanoma patients (45 women, 55 men; age 11-91 years), dynamic and static lymphoscintigraphy in various views was performed after strict intracutaneous application of technetium-99m nanocolloid (40-150 MBq; 0.05 ml/deposit) around the tumour (31 patients) or the biopsy scar (69 patients, safety distance 1 cm). The images were acquired with and without temporary lead shielding of the most prominent hot spots in the drainage area. In 33/100 patients, one or two additional sentinel lymph nodes that showed less tracer accumulation or were smaller (<1.5 cm) were detected after shielding. Four of these patients had metastases in the sentinel lymph nodes; the non-sentinel lymph nodes were tumour negative. In 3/100 patients, hot spots in the drainage area proved to be lymph vessels, lymph vessel intersections or lymph vessel ectasias after temporary shielding; hence, a node interpreted as a non-sentinel lymph node at first glance proved to be the real sentinel lymph node. In two of these patients, lymph node metastasis was histologically confirmed; the non-sentinel lymph nodes were tumour free. In 7/100 patients the exact course of lymph vessels could be mapped after shielding. In one of these patients, two additional sentinel lymph nodes (with metastasis) were detected. Overall, in 43/100 patients the temporary shielding yielded additional information, with sentinel lymph node metastases in 7%. In conclusion, when used in combination with dynamic acquisition in various views, temporary shielding of prominent hot spots in the drainage area of a malignant melanoma of the

  20. COMPARISON BETWEEN ASPIRATION AND NON-ASPIRATION TECHNIQUE IN FINE NEEDLE CYTOLOGY OF LYMPH NODE

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    Suhail Farooq

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Fine needle aspiration cytology is a simple, easy and safe procedure. It has been used for the diagnosis of superficial palpable lesions successfully. Deep-seated lesions have also been sampled by fine needle aspiration cytology with the imaging techniques with considerable success. FNAC is a simple, easy and reliable technique for the initial diagnostic evaluation of enlarged lymph nodes. The aim of the study conducted was to compare the two techniques- FNAC and FNNAC for diagnostic adequacy in superficial enlarged lymph nodes. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was conducted in 100 patients with superficial enlarged lymph nodes using both the techniques- FNAC and FNNAC. Relevant history and clinical examination were taken. The two techniques were compared for the diagnostic adequacy based on five parameters using Mair et al scoring system. RESULTS In the present study, the cumulative score for FNNAC was more in comparison to that of FNAC (6.82 >6.57. For individual parameters, the average score for parameters like background blood (1.47 >1.41, degree of cellular degeneration (1.37 >1.31, trauma (1.35 >1.26 and retention of architecture (1.25 >1.16 were better in case of FNNAC in comparison to FNAC. However, average score for amount of cellular material was more (1.44 >1.38 in case of FNAC than FNNAC. All these differences observed among various parameters were, however, statistically nonsignificant with P-values of 0.417, 0.425, 0.319, 0.200, 0.160 and 0.1179. CONCLUSION Both FNAC and FNNAC yield good material for diagnostic of evaluation of superficial enlarged lymph nodes. FNNAC provided superior quality smears for the interpretation and diagnosis of superficial enlarged lymph nodes. FNNAC is a good technique that needs to be utilised in the routine cytology practice for sampling of superficial enlarged lymph nodes.

  1. Abnormal cervical lymph nodes in multiple sclerosis: a preliminary ultrasound study.

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    Di Giuliano, Francesca; Albanese, Maria; Picchi, Eliseo; Mori, Francesco; Buttari, Fabio; Marfia, Girolama Alessandra; Garaci, Francesco; Mercuri, Nicola Biagio; Floris, Roberto; Centonze, Diego; Marziali, Simone

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    Cervical lymph nodes are the first drainage stations of the brain and therefore play a key role in neuroinflammatory disorders such as multiple sclerosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate, by using ultrasound imaging, cervical lymph nodes in patients with multiple sclerosis and to ascertain if such patients have any clinical features to attest their role. We enrolled 43 patients affected by relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (22 drug free and 21 under treatment with natalizumab or fingolimod), who underwent ultrasound examination. The morphology, diameters and volume of cervical lymph nodes were measured. We evaluated also a control group of 20 healthy volunteers. Between-group comparisons showed that the mean anteroposterior diameters in the cervical lymph nodes on both sides of the neck were significantly different (χ 2  = 19.5, p < 0.001 for right; χ 2  = 20.0, p < 0.001 for left). Post hoc contrasts showed that the mean anteroposterior diameters were greater both in drug-naive (mean ± SD 0.66 ± 0.20 cm; p < 0.001) and treated patients (0.55 ± 0.24 cm; p < 0.001) compared to healthy individuals (0.36 ± 0.19 cm). Moreover, significant difference (p < 0.001) was shown on comparing the mean volume of the cervical lymph nodes on both sides of the neck in the studied groups. No significant differences emerged between the drug-free and treated patients. The abnormalities shown by ultrasound in cervical lymph nodes are related to deep ones and independent of the ongoing treatment, suggesting a relationship between lymphatic drainage and disease pathology.

  2. Ultrasound detection of abdominal lymph nodes in chronic liver diseases. A retrospective analysis

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    Soresi, M.; Bonfissuto, G.; Magliarisi, C.; Riili, A.; Terranova, A.; Di Giovanni, G.; Bascone, F.; Carroccio, A.; Tripi, S.; Montalto, G. E-mail: gmontal@unipa.it

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    AIM: To retrospectively evaluate the prevalence of lymph nodes of the hepato-duodenal ligament in a group of patients with chronic liver disease of various aetiologies and to investigate what clinical, aetiological and laboratory data may lead to their appearance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One thousand and three patients (554 men, 449 women) were studied, including 557 with chronic hepatitis and 446 with liver cirrhosis. The presence of lymph nodes near the trunk of the portal vein, hepatic artery, celiac axis, superior mesenteric vein and pancreas head was investigated using ultrasound. RESULTS: Lymph nodes were detected in 394 out of the 1003 study patients (39.3%); their number ranged from one to four, with a diameter ranging between 0.8 and 4 cm. The highest prevalence was in the subgroup of patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (87.5%), followed by patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV; 42%), patients with HCV and hepatitis B virus (HBV; 41.3%), autoimmune hepatitis (40%), and HBV alone (21.2%). In the alcoholic and idiopathic subgroups prevalence was 9.5%, while in the non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and haemochromatosis subgroups it was 0%. HCV RNA was present in 97 out of 103 lymph node-positive patients and in 141 out of 168 lymph node-negative HCV-negative patients (p<0.003). Lymphadenopathy frequency increased as the liver disease worsened ({chi}{sup 2} MH=74.3; p<0.0001). CONCLUSION: Despite the limitations of a retrospective study, our data indicate a high prevalence of lymphadenopathy in liver disease patients; ultrasound evidence of lymph nodes of the hepato-duodenal ligament in a given liver disease may most likely suggest a HCV or an autoimmune aetiology and a more severe histological picture.

  3. Irradiation of the prostate and pelvic lymph nodes with an adaptive algorithm

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    Hwang, A. B.; Chen, J.; Nguyen, T. B.; Gottschalk, A. G.; Roach, M. R. III; Pouliot, J. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California San Francisco, 1600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, California 94143 (United States); Prowess Inc., Concord, California 94520 (United States); Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California San Francisco, 1600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, California 94143 (United States)

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    Purpose: The simultaneous treatment of pelvic lymph nodes and the prostate in radiotherapy for prostate cancer is complicated by the independent motion of these two target volumes. In this work, the authors study a method to adapt intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment plans so as to compensate for this motion by adaptively morphing the multileaf collimator apertures and adjusting the segment weights. Methods: The study used CT images, tumor volumes, and normal tissue contours from patients treated in our institution. An IMRT treatment plan was then created using direct aperture optimization to deliver 45 Gy to the pelvic lymph nodes and 50 Gy to the prostate and seminal vesicles. The prostate target volume was then shifted in either the anterior-posterior direction or in the superior-inferior direction. The treatment plan was adapted by adjusting the aperture shapes with or without re-optimizing the segment weighting. The dose to the target volumes was then determined for the adapted plan. Results: Without compensation for prostate motion, 1 cm shifts of the prostate resulted in an average decrease of 14% in D-95%. If the isocenter is simply shifted to match the prostate motion, the prostate receives the correct dose but the pelvic lymph nodes are underdosed by 14% {+-} 6%. The use of adaptive morphing (with or without segment weight optimization) reduces the average change in D-95% to less than 5% for both the pelvic lymph nodes and the prostate. Conclusions: Adaptive morphing with and without segment weight optimization can be used to compensate for the independent motion of the prostate and lymph nodes when combined with daily imaging or other methods to track the prostate motion. This method allows the delivery of the correct dose to both the prostate and lymph nodes with only small changes to the dose delivered to the target volumes.

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

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    Zografos George

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    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.

  5. A pilot study of lymph node mapping with indocyanine green in robotic gastrectomy for gastric cancer.

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    Lan, Yuan-Tzu; Huang, Kuo-Hung; Chen, Ping-Hsien; Liu, Chien-An; Lo, Su-Shun; Wu, Chew-Wun; Shyr, Yi-Ming; Fang, Wen-Liang

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    Robotic gastrectomy has become increasingly popular in the treatment of gastric cancer, especially in Asian countries. The use of indocyanine green fluorescence has been reported in lymphatic mapping for gastric cancer in laparoscopic gastrectomy; however, there have been few reports regarding the use of indocyanine green in robotic gastrectomy. From January 2011 to March 2016, a total of 79 patients underwent robotic gastrectomy for gastric cancer. Among them, intraoperative subserosal injection (n = 9) or preoperative submucosal injection (n = 5) of indocyanine green with near-infrared imaging was performed in 14 patients, and the other 65 patients underwent robotic gastrectomy without the use of indocyanine green. There was no significant difference in the operative time, total number of retrieved lymph nodes, operative blood loss, and postoperative hospital stay between the patients who underwent robotic gastrectomy with or without indocyanine green fluorescence. For each lymph node station, there was significantly more number of retrieved lymph nodes in the indocyanine green group than in the no-indocyanine green group at the greater curvature side of the low body (#4d) to the infrapyloric region (#6) of the stomach. Five of the 14 patients who received an indocyanine green injection for lymphatic mapping had lymph node metastasis, and metastatic lymph nodes were located in the lymph node stations as detected by indocyanine green fluorescence during surgery. Indocyanine green fluorescence with near-infrared imaging is feasible and is a promising method of lymphatic mapping in robotic gastrectomy for gastric cancer. In future studies, larger patient numbers and long-term follow-up are required.

  6. Collecting lymphatic vessel permeability facilitates adipose tissue inflammation and distribution of antigen to lymph node-homing adipose tissue DCs

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    Kuan, Emma L.; Ivanov, Stoyan; Bridenbaugh, Eric A.; Victora, Gabriel; Wang, Wei; Childs, Ed W.; Platt, Andrew M.; Jakubzick, Claudia V.; Mason, Robert J.; Gashev, Anatoliy A.; Nussenzweig, Michel; Swartz, Melody A.; Dustin, Michael L.; Zawieja, David C.; Randolph, Gwendalyn J.

    2015-01-01

    Collecting lymphatic vessels (CLVs), surrounded by fat and endowed with contractile muscle and valves, transport lymph from tissues after it is absorbed into lymphatic capillaries. CLVs are not known to participate in immune responses. Here, we observed that the inherent permeability of CLVs allowed broad distribution of lymph components within surrounding fat for uptake by adjacent macrophages and dendritic cells (DCs) that actively interacted with CLVs. Endocytosis of lymph-derived antigens by these cells supported recall T cell responses in the fat and also generated antigen-bearing DCs for emigration into adjacent lymph nodes. Enhanced recruitment of DCs to inflammation-reactive lymph nodes significantly relied on adipose tissue DCs to maintain sufficient numbers of antigen-bearing DCs as the lymph node expanded. Thus, CLVs coordinate inflammation and immunity within adipose depots and foster the generation of an unexpected pool of APCs for antigen transport into the adjacent lymph node. PMID:25917096

  7. Eigenvector centrality of nodes in multiplex networks

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    Solá Conde, Luis; Romance del Río, Miguel; Criado, R.; Flores Álvarez, Julio; García del Amo, Alejandro; Boccaletti, Stefano

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    We extend the concept of eigenvector centrality to multiplex networks, and introduce several alternative parameters that quantify the importance of nodes in a multi-layered networked system, including the definition of vectorial-type centralities. In addition, we rigorously show that, under reasonable conditions, such centrality measures exist and are unique. Computer experiments and simulations demonstrate that the proposed measures provide substantially different results when applied to the...

  8. Morphological MRI criteria improve the detection of lymph node metastases in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: multivariate logistic regression analysis of MRI features of cervical lymph nodes

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    Bondt, R.B.J. de; Bakers, F.; Hofman, P.A.M. [Maastricht University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Maastricht (Netherlands); Nelemans, P.J. [Maastricht University Medical Center, Department of Epidemiology, Maastricht (Netherlands); Casselman, J.W. [AZ St. Jan Hospital, Department of Radiology, Bruges (Belgium); Peutz-Kootstra, C. [Maastricht University Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Maastricht (Netherlands); Kremer, B. [Maastricht University Medical Center, Department of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery, Maastricht (Netherlands); Beets-Tan, R.G.H. [Academic Hospital Maastricht, Department of Radiology, Maastricht (Netherlands)

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    The aim was to evaluate whether morphological criteria in addition to the size criterion results in better diagnostic performance of MRI for the detection of cervical lymph node metastases in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Two radiologists evaluated 44 consecutive patients in which lymph node characteristics were assessed with histopathological correlation as gold standard. Assessed criteria were the short axial diameter and morphological criteria such as border irregularity and homogeneity of signal intensity on T2-weighted and contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed: diagnostic odds ratios (DOR) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) and areas under the curve (AUCs) of receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curves were determined. Border irregularity and heterogeneity of signal intensity on T{sub 2}-weighted images showed significantly increased DORs. AUCs increased from 0.67 (95% CI: 0.61-0.73) using size only to 0.81 (95% CI: 0.75-0.87) using all four criteria for observer 1 and from 0.68 (95% CI: 0.62-0.74) to 0.96 (95% CI: 0.94-0.98) for observer 2 (p < 0.001). This study demonstrated that the morphological criteria border irregularity and heterogeneity of signal intensity on T2-weighted images in addition to size significantly improved the detection of cervical lymph nodes metastases. (orig.)

  9. Quality of life after Sentinal Lymph Node Biopsy or Axillary Node Dissection in Stage I/II Breast Patients: A Prospective Longitunal Study

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    Kootstra, Jan; Hoekstra-Weebers, Josette E.H.M.; Rietman, Johan Swanik; de Vries, Jaap; Baas, Peter; Geertzen, Jan H.B.; Hoekstra, Harald J.

    2008-01-01

    Background: Breast cancer patients’ quality of life (QoL) after surgery has been reported to improve significantly over time. Little is known about QoL recovery after sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in comparison to axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). Methods: 175 of 195 stage I/II breast

  10. Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Arising in Phyllodes Tumor With Isolated Tumor Cells in Sentinel Lymph Node

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    Ying-Ju Kuo

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Phyllodes tumor (PT consists of stroma of variable grading and benign ductal epithelium. Although exceptional, carcinomas that arise from the epithelium in PTs do exist, and seem to behave less aggressively than the usually encountered breast carcinoma. To the best of our knowledge, among the invasive carcinomas that have arisen in PTs, only 1 has been proved to have metastatic carcinoma in the lymph nodes. Here, we describe the youngest woman to have invasive ductal carcinoma that arose in a borderline PT, with isolated carcinoma cells in the sentinel lymph node. Whether such a combined lesion carries a more indolent course is also discussed.

  11. Gangliocytic paraganglioma of duodenum metastatic to lymph nodes and liver and extending into the retropancreatic space

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    Amin, S M; Albrechtsen, N Wewer; Forster, J

    2013-01-01

    Gangliocytic paraganglioma (GP) is a rare benign neuroendocrine tumour found most often in the duodenum. To our knowledge, only a dozen cases of possibly malignant duodenal GP with local lymph node metastasis and only one case with liver metastasis have previously been published. Herein, we report...... an unusual case of GP of the duodenum spreading to the retropancreatic space and metastatic to the liver and lymph nodes. Additionally, the present tumour secreted pancreatic polypeptide (PP) which was detected in the serum during the follow-up period. We suggest that serum PP could be a valuable marker...

  12. Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor of the Urinary Bladder with Benign Pelvic Lymph Node Enlargement: A Case Report

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    Kazuaki Machioka

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    Full Text Available Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (IMTs rarely occur in the urinary bladder. It is apparently difficult to distinguish these tumors from other malignant spindle cell proliferations. Herein, we report a case of IMT of the urinary bladder with enlarged pelvic lymph nodes. The definitive pathological diagnosis could not be established by biopsy. Instead, the diagnosis of IMT of the urinary bladder was determined by a positive reaction to anaplastic lymphoma kinase by immunohistochemistry after radical cystectomy. No malignant findings were observed on histopathological evaluations of the enlarged lymph nodes.

  13. Peripheral intrapulmonary lymph node metastases of non-small-cell lung cancer.

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    Boubia, Souheil; Barthes, Françoise Lepimpec; Danel, Claire; Riquet, Marc

    2004-03-01

    Since the development and progress of computed tomographic imaging, peripheral intrapulmonary lymph nodes (IPLNs) have become increasingly described and well-known entities. Intrapulmonary lymph nodes may appear as a solitary pulmonary nodular shadow mimicking a non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or as multiple nodules masquerading as carcinoma metastases. We describe a case in which IPLNs presented as a clinical "nodular" T4 N0 NSCLC that finally proved to be a pathologic T2 N1 NSCLC, thus raising new questions on this entity.

  14. Prolonged lymphatic leak after retroperitoneal lymph node dissection: a case report

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    Browne Katherine M

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    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Persistent lymphatic drainage following retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for testicular tumor is an uncommon complication. Case presentation We describe a 21-year old man of Caucasian origin who had metastatic non-seminomatous germ cell tumor of the testis, and underwent retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, nephrectomy and partial inferior vena cava excision for a residual mass. The patient subsequently developed persistent lymphatic drainage causing foot drop that eventually responded to conservative medical and surgical measures. Conclusion This postoperative condition usually responds well to conservative measures but has the potential for serious morbidity if it is not managed appropriately.

  15. 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)

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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 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.)

  16. Sensitivity of Lymph Node Aspiration in Localized Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Due to Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis

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    Romero Gustavo Adolfo Sierra

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    Full Text Available Twenty nine patients with localized cutaneous leishmaniasis had lymph node and skin ulcer aspirations for culture of Leishmania with the modified Marzochi´s vacuum aspiratory technique. Sensitivity of lymph node aspiration was 58.6% and 34.5% for skin ulcer aspiration (P=0.06. Combined sensitivity of the two methods was 79.3%. There was no agreement between methods (Kappa Index = -0.084; CI95% -0,45; 0,28 showing the potential complementary roles in diagnostic approach.

  17. Detection of Tumor Cells in Bone Marrow, Peripheral Blood and Lymph Nodes by Automated Imaging Devices

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    Wilma E. Mesker

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    Full Text Available The presence of tumor cells in bone marrow, peripheral blood and lymph nodes has proven its clinical and prognostic value. Since the frequency of these cells in bone marrow and blood is sometimes as low as 1 per million and due to the fact that for the analysis of lymph nodes many sectioning levels have to be analyzed, automated imaging devices have been suggested as an useful alternative to conventional manual screening of specimens. The aim of this paper is to review the performance of current equipment that is commercially available, based on literature published so far. Requirements for introducing this equipment for routine clinical practice are discussed.

  18. Isolated axillary lymph node tuberculosis in ultrasonography. A case report

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    Joanna Ścieszka; Dagmara Urbańska‑Krawiec; Maciej Kajor; Leszek Stefański

    2012-01-01

    We present a rare case of isolated axillary lymph node tuberculosis. A 66‑year‑old patient was admitted in order to perform the diagnostics of a painless tumor of the left armpit. Blood biochemistry tests and chest X‑ray did not show any abnormalities. In the ultrasound examination a solid structure of the dimensions of 1.8×1 cm of irregular outline with adjacent hypoechogenic lymph nodes was visualized. The di‑ agnosis of tuberculosis was based on histopathologic examination o...

  19. 68Ga Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen Uptake in Renal Cell Cancer Lymph Node Metastases.

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    Einspieler, Ingo; Tauber, Robert; Maurer, Tobias; Schwaiger, Markus; Eiber, Matthias

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    Ga prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-HBED-CC PET/CT in a patient with a history of both prostate cancer (PC) and renal cell cancer (RCC) shows high PSMA expression in the residual right seminal vesicle suggestive of local recurrence of PC as well as suspected PSMA-positive mediastinal, retroperitoneal, and iliac lymph nodes. Regarding the latter, biopsy revealed lymph node metastases from RCC excluding PC metastases. This case exemplarily demonstrates that high PSMA expression in RCC metastases can potentially mimic PC metastases. Thus, for accurate interpretation of imaging results in PC patients with additional primary tumors, knowledge of PSMA expression of non-PC tissue is necessary.

  20. Sentinel lymph node biopsy for melanoma and other melanocytic tumors in adolescents.

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    Roaten, J Brent; Partrick, David A; Pearlman, Nate; Gonzalez, Ricardo J; Gonzalez, Rene; McCarter, Martin D

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    Melanoma is rare, accounting for only 1% of all pediatric malignancies. The management of pediatric melanoma is controversial but largely parallels that of an adult occurrence. Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNBX) has become a standard of care for adults with melanoma, but the role of this procedure in the staging of pediatric patients remains to be established. The goal of this study was to determine outcomes and complications of children and adolescent patients undergoing SLNBX at the authors' institution. A retrospective review of patients younger than 21 years (N = 20) undergoing SLNBX for melanoma or other melanocytic skin lesions at the University of Colorado Health Science Center between 1996 and 2003 was conducted. Sentinel lymph node biopsy was successful in all 20 patients, and 8 patients (40%) were found to have metastases within the sentinel node. As in adults, the sentinel node status correlates with primary tumor depth. No complications occurred in patients undergoing SLNBX, but 4 clinically significant complications (57%) occurred in the 7 patients undergoing a completion lymph node dissection. At 33 months median follow-up, all patients were disease free. Sentinel lymph node biopsy can be successfully and safely performed in pediatric patients for melanoma and atypical nevi. However, the prognostic information and therapeutic implications of SLNBX results for children and adolescents remain unclear. Completion lymph node dissection for microscopic disease is a morbid procedure with uncertain benefit to pediatric or adult patients with a positive SLNBX result. Long-term follow-up data are needed before SLNBX can become a standard of care in pediatric melanoma or as a diagnostic tool to distinguish the atypical Spitz nevus from melanoma.

  1. Anatomic distribution of supraclavicular lymph node in patients with esophageal cancer

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    Full Text Available Jun Xing,1 Yijun Luo,1,2 Xiaoli Wang,1,2 Min Gao,1 Mingping Sun,1 Xiuping Ding,1 Tingyong Fan,1 Jinming Yu1 1Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiology, Shandong Cancer Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, 2School of Medical and Life Sciences, Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, University of Jinan, Jinan, People’s Republic of China Purpose: Definitive chemoradiation therapy remains the standard of care for patients with localized esophageal carcinoma who choose nonsurgical management. However, there is no consensus regarding delineation of the nodal clinical target volume (CTVn, especially for lower cervical lymph nodes. This study aimed to map the location of metastatic supraclavicular lymph nodes in thoracic esophageal carcinoma patients with supraclavicular node involvement and generate an atlas to delineate the CTVn for elective nodal radiation of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Patients and methods: In this study, the supraclavicular regional lymph node was further divided into four subgroups. The locations of the involved supraclavicular nodes for all patients were then transferred onto a template computed tomography (CT image. A volume probability map was then generated with nodal volumes, and was displayed on the template CT to provide a visual impression of nodal frequencies and anatomic distribution. Results: We identified 154 supraclavicular nodal metastases based on CT image in 96 patients. Of these, 29.2% were located in group I region, 59.7% in group II region, 10.4% in group III region, and 0.7% in group IV region. Conclusion: On the basis of our study, we suggest that the appropriate radiation field of CTVn should include the group I and II regions and the CTVn exterior margin along the lateral side of the internal jugular vein may be suitable. Keywords: esophageal carcinoma, lymph node metastasis, clinical target volume, cervical lymph node

  2. Pattern and predictors of paradoxical response in patients with peripheral lymph node tuberculosis.

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    Batra, Supreet; Rajawat, Govind Singh; Takhar, Rajendra Prasad; Gupta, Manohar Lal

    2017-09-01

    Many of the patients with lymph node tuberculosis show 'Paradoxical Response" in the form of appearance of new lymph node (LN) or increase in the size of existing LN, development of new disease in other organ and worsening of the disease while on treatment. Reason behind such response in only selective patients is not clearly understood. We evaluated the pattern and predictors for paradoxical response(s) (PR) in patients with peripheral lymph node tuberculosis (TB). Study included patients aged > 6 years with peripheral lymphadenopathy of tubercular etiology attending a tertiary care hospital from Jan 2010 to Dec 2010. PR in our study was defined as worsening of pre-existing disease or development of new lesions in a patient who has been on anti-TB therapy for at least 2 weeks. One hundred ten patients with peripheral lymph node TB were included. Their mean age was 27.5 ± 5 years and 68 (62%) were females. PR occurred in 28 (25%) patients, at a mean onset time of 6 weeks (range 2-12 weeks) after starting anti-TB medication. Four of these 28 patients experienced PR on two occasions. Of these, 22 (79%) patients presented with enlarged lymph nodes only, 8 (29%) with new nodes at same or different site and 2 (7%) with discharging sinus. PR was observed more in younger age group (p> 0.05), female gender (p> 0.05), unilateral lymphadenopathy (p> 0.05) and those with positive AFB on initial examination (plymph node TB is associated with younger age, female gender, unilateral lymphadenopathy and those with positive AFB on initial examination.

  3. Pelvic lymph node dissection for patients with elevated risk of lymph node invasion during radical prostatectomy: comparison of open, laparoscopic and robot-assisted procedures.

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    Silberstein, Jonathan L; Vickers, Andrew J; Power, Nicholas E; Parra, Raul O; Coleman, Jonathan A; Pinochet, Rodrigo; Touijer, Karim A; Scardino, Peter T; Eastham, James A; Laudone, Vincent P

    2012-06-01

    Published outcomes of pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND) during robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) demonstrate significant variability. The purpose of the study was to compare PLND outcomes in patients at risk for lymph node involvement (LNI) who were undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP) by different surgeons and surgical approaches. Institutional policy initiated on January 1, 2010, mandated that all patients undergoing RP receive a standardized PLND with inclusion of the hypogastric region when predicted risk of LNI was ≥ 2%. We analyzed the outcomes of consecutive patients meeting these criteria from January 1 to September 1, 2010 by surgeons and surgical approach. All patients underwent RP; surgical approach (open radical retropubic [ORP], laparoscopic [LRP], RALP) was selected by the consulting surgeon. Differences in lymph node yield (LNY) between surgeons and surgical approaches were compared using multivariable linear regression with adjustment for clinical stage, biopsy Gleason grade, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level, and age. Of 330 patients (126 ORP, 78 LRP, 126 RALP), 323 (98%) underwent PLND. There were no significant differences in characteristics between approaches, but the nomogram probability of LNI was slightly greater for ORP than RALP (P=0.04). LNY was high (18 nodes) by all approaches; more nodes were removed by ORP and LRP (median 20, 19, respectively) than RALP (16) after adjusting for stage, grade, PSA level, and age (P=0.015). Rates of LNI were high (14%) with no difference between approaches when adjusted for nomogram probability of LNI (P=0.15). Variation in median LNY among individual surgeons was considerable for all three approaches (11-28) (P=0.005) and was much greater than the variability by approach. PLND, including hypogastric nodal packet, can be performed by any surgical approach, with slightly different yields but similar pathologic outcomes. Individual surgeon commitment to PLND may be more important

  4. Unusual localizations of sentinel lymph nodes in early stage cervical cancer: a review.

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    Ouldamer, Lobna; Marret, Henri; Acker, Olivier; Barillot, Isabelle; Body, Gilles

    2012-09-01

    The aim of this study was to systematically determine the frequency of unusual localizations of sentinel lymph node in patients with early stage cervical cancer. We performed a comprehensive computer literature search of English and French language studies in human subjects on sentinel node procedures in PUBMED database up to December 2010. For each article two reviewers independently performed data extraction using a standard form to determine the route of unusual lymphatic spread of sentinel procedures in cervical cancer. According to our search, 83.7% of detected sentinel lymph nodes in patients with cervical cancer were in expected localizations (i.e., external iliac, obturator, internal iliac or interiliac). The unusual localizations were: 6.6% in the common iliac chain, 4.31% parametrial, 1.26% sacral, 2% in the lower para-aortic area and 0.07% in the inguinal chain. The unusual localizations of sentinel lymph nodes impose to the gynecologic surgeons to be able to perform lymph node dissection in all the territories potentially affected. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Diagnostic performance of interferon-γ release assay for lymph node tuberculosis.

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    Jia, Hongyan; Pan, Liping; Du, Boping; Sun, Qi; Wei, Rongrong; Xing, Aiying; Du, Fengjiao; Sun, Huishan; Zhang, Zongde

    2016-05-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the performance of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) release assay (IGRA) (T-SPOT.TB) for patients with suspected lymph node tuberculosis (TB). Of the 405 patients with suspected lymph node TB, enrolled from Beijing Chest Hospital between July 2011 and April 2015, 83 (20.5%) were microbiologically/histopathologically confirmed lymph node TB, and 282 (69.6%) did not have active TB. The remaining 21 inconclusive TB and 19 clinical TB were excluded from the final analysis (9.9%). T-SPOT.TB using peripheral blood mononuclear cells was performed to examine the IFN-γ response to the Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific antigens early secretory antigenic target 6 and culture filtrate protein 10. The overall sensitivity and specificity for T-SPOT.TB were 90.4% and 70.5%, respectively. Spot-forming cells in the lymph node TB group (184 [48-596/10(6) peripheral blood mononuclear cells {PBMCs}]) were significantly higher than that in the nonactive TB group (0 [0-41]/10(6) PBMCs) (Plymph node TB. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  6. Electrical impedance scanning - application of this new technique for lymph node evaluation in children

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    Mentzel, Hans-Joachim; Malich, Ansgar; Freesmeyer, Martin; Boettcher, Joachim; Vogt, Susanna; Kaiser, Werner A. [Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University of Jena, Bachstrasse 18, 07740 Jena (Germany); Kentouche, Karim; Gruhn, Bernd; Zintl, Felix [Department of Pediatrics, University of Jena, Jena (Germany); Schneider, Gerlind [Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Jena, Jena (Germany); Anderson, Roselle [Siemens-Elema, Elema (Sweden)

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    Precise assessment of lymph nodes is crucial to the choice of therapy and prediction of outcome in cases of malignancy. Electrical impedance scanning (EIS) is being experimentally investigated for potential use as a diagnostic tool for differentiation of malignant lesions. Malignancies show different electrical properties with changes in conductivity and capacitance that can be analysed by EIS. Using a TransScan TS-2000 (TransScan Medical, Migdal Ha'Emek, Israel, distributed by Siemens-Elema AB, Solna, Sweden), EIS has been used in various studies for the identification of breast cancer as well as for characterisation of superficial lesions. To evaluate the reliability of EIS for classifying lymph nodes in a pediatric population with sonographically suspicious lesions and to prove its accuracy. The study population consisted of 77 children (42 boys, 35 girls) aged 1.1-17.1 years. All EIS results were compared to either histopathological findings or long-term follow-up investigations. Sensitivity for malignancies using EIS was 75% and specificity was 87%. The negative predictive value was 93% and the positive predictive value was 60%. This study suggests the potential usefulness of EIS as an additional imaging modality for the differentiation of lymph-node diseases in children. The histopatholgical spectrum of malignant lymph node transformation in children compared to studies in adults, and the characteristic meltdown in inflammatory or granulomatous transformed nodes, pose challenges to differentiation based on sonographic evaluation, and also to EIS classification. (orig.)

  7. Uterine lymphangiography: comparison of two methods for locating the medial iliac lymph node

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Different methods for lymphatic mapping in dogs, such as infusing tissues with vital dyes or radioactive substances, have been studied, aiming at the early detection of lymph node metastasis. Thus, one could anticipate therapeutic measures and, consequently, prolong the survival and improve the quality of life of the patients. The objectives of this experiment were to locate the nodes responsible for draining the uterine body and horns and to try to establish the relationship between the uterus and the medial iliac lymph nodes to contribute to the early diagnosis and prognosis of uterine disorders. We studied 15 female dogs divided into two groups (5 dead and 10 intraoperative ovariohysterectomy bitches. The dye used was patent blue V (Patent Bleu V®. It was observed that the iliac lymph node chain receives much of the uterine (horns drainage. This method should be considered for safer studies of uterine sanity. This information suggests that evaluating these lymph nodes will allow correlating changes in their physiological status with uterine pathologies.

  8. 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)

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

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    Vasques, Paulo Henrique Diógenes; Alves, Mayara Maia; Aquino, Ranniere Gurgel Furtado de; Torres, Roberto Vitor Almeida; Bezerra, José Lucas Martins; Brasileiro, Luis Porto; Pinheiro, Luiz Gonzaga Porto

    2015-11-01

    To assess the safety and potential equivalence of the use of hemosiderin compared to