SENTINEL LYMPH NODE BIOPSY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF AXILLARY INVOLVEMENT IN BREAST CANCER

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Sajjad Muhammad Khan
Abdus Samad Khan
Khalid Mehmood Khan
Mumtaz Khan
Waqar Alam Jan

Abstract

Objective: To know the efficacy of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the management of axillary involvement

in breast cancer.

<aterial and Methods: This study was conducted in Surgical "A" unit of Post Graduate Medical

Institute, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar. A total of 30 patients with operable breast cancer diagnosed

on fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) and clinically non-palpable lymph nodes in the axilla were

studied. While on the operation table for modified radical mastectomy, one ml of sterilized solution of

methylene blue was injected subdermally under the areola of the diseased breast. After 5-10 minutes

sentinel lymph nodes were harvested via a small incision over the axilla , marked as 'blue nodes' or blue

lymphatics leading to a node.

ResuktsL All the patients were females with mean age 45±13.48 years. Mean tumor size was 3.7 ± 1.60

cm. The tumor was present in upper and outer quadrant in most (63.33%) of the patients. No

complications were noted related to the procedure. The sensitivity of the method was found to be 85.7%

and false negative rate was 7.1%.

Conclusion: Sentinel lymph node biopsy with methylene blue is safe and cheaper and accurately predicts

the axillary lymph node status in most of the patients

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Khan SM, Khan AS, Khan KM, Khan M, Jan WA. SENTINEL LYMPH NODE BIOPSY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF AXILLARY INVOLVEMENT IN BREAST CANCER. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2011 Jul. 25 [cited 2022 Oct. 7];19(2). Available from: https://jpmi.org.pk/index.php/jpmi/article/view/34
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