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BACKGROUND Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) is a new technique in staging the clinically N0 neck. On June 25 and 26, 2001, the First International Conference on Sentinel Node Biopsy in Mucosal Head and Neck Cancer took place in Glasgow, United Kingdom. METHODS Twenty-two centers contributed results on the use of SNB as a staging tool in head and neck squamous(More)
BACKGROUND Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy originally was described as a means of identifying lymph node metastases in malignant melanoma and breast carcinoma. The use of SLN biopsy in patients with oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma and clinically N0 necks was investigated to determine whether the pathology of the SLN reflected that of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the possible role of sentinel node biopsy (SNB) alone to upstage the clinically N0 neck in patients with oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. DESIGN Prospective clinical study. SETTING Head and neck referral center. PATIENTS Patients with primary untreated oral and/or oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma accessible(More)
BACKGROUND The aim was to determine the reliability and reproducibility of sentinel node biopsy (SNB) as a staging tool in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) for T1/2 clinically N0 patients by means of a standardized technique. METHODS Between June 1998 and June 2002, 227 SNB procedures have been performed in HNSCC cases at six centers. One(More)
In reconstructive breast surgery, the permanent tissue expander has become popular because it avoids expander-implant exchange and gives the patient some control over the final breast size. It may, however, be associated with a number of complications. We therefore analysed the clinical notes of 111 consecutive recipients of Becker breast expanders with(More)
BACKGROUND The management of the N0 neck in oral and oropharyngeal cancer is often determined by the risk of metastases related to features of the primary tumor. Where the risk of metastases is >20%, elective neck dissection (END) has been advocated. This study reviewed clinical staging, surgical staging, pathologic staging, and histopathologic parameters(More)
This study aimed to evaluate the ability of lymphoscintigraphy (LSG) to direct sentinel node biopsy (SNB) in the identification of occult metastases in the clinically N0 neck for patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). 57 clinically N0 neck sides in 48 patients were assessed using the triple diagnostic approach of pre-operative LSG,(More)
Malignant tumours of the submandibular salivary gland are rare, difficult to distinguish clinically from benign disease and often only diagnosed after initial excision of the enlarged gland. In this study of 70 patients (46 male, 24 female) with a mean age of 64 years (range 17-94), and an average duration of symptoms of 3 months, a painless submandibular(More)
Malignant parotid tumours are uncommon and present a significant management challenge. Fifty-one such patients (25 male, 26 female, median age 64 years) operated on in the Newcastle Plastic Surgery Unit between 1983 and 1994 were retrospectively evaluated. Preoperative investigations included FNA cytology (n = 20), and for staging CT and/or MRI scans (n =(More)