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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the feasibility of sentinel node staging for detection of occult regional lymph node metastasis in high-risk cutaneous nonmelanoma malignancies. DESIGN Consecutive clinical case series. SETTING Referral university medical center. PATIENTS A consecutive sample of patients with a variety of high-risk nonmelanoma cutaneous(More)
The histologic status of the sentinel lymph node is a highly significant prognostic factor for patients with clinically localized cutaneous melanoma. The patterns of initial treatment failure of patients with positive sentinel lymph node biopsy versus those with negative results have not been well described. The purpose of this study was to determine the(More)
Since 1990, the authors have used a new technique for coverage of large burns, which begins with early tangential excision and coverage with cadaver allograft (A), followed by placement of cultured epithelial autograft (CEA) onto an allodermis base (CEA/A). They present their 18-year experience (1990-present) using CEA in 88 patients (20 children and 68(More)
The pedicled tensor fascia lata flap (TFL flap) is a method of choice for abdominal-wall reconstruction. Frequently, the size and location of the defect produce this option. Microsurgical transfer may overcome these disadvantages. Therefore, the ability of the TFL free flap to reconstruct complex abdominal wounds was evaluated. Seven patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe a clinical experience with sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) of head and neck nodal basins for clinical stage I melanomas draining to these areas. DESIGN Consecutive clinical case series with a mean follow-up of 10.7 months. SETTING University tertiary care referral medical center. PATIENTS Seventy patients with clinical stage I(More)
Sentinel lymph node biopsy is increasingly used to identify occult metastases in regional lymph nodes of patients with melanoma. Selection of patients for sentinel lymph node biopsy and subsequent lymphadenectomy is an area of debate. The purpose of this study was to describe a large clinical series of these biopsies for cutaneous melanoma and to identify(More)
BACKGROUND Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is prognostically useful in patients with cutaneous melanoma with Breslow thickness > 1 mm. The objective of this study was to determine whether sentinel node histology has similar prognostic importance in patients with thin melanomas (< or = 1 mm). METHODS This was a retrospective study of patients who(More)
PURPOSE To prospectively compare positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of regional lymph node basins to sentinel node biopsy (SNB) in patients with American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) stage I, II, and III melanoma localized to the skin. METHODS Patients with cutaneous melanoma with Breslow's depth greater than 1 mm (AJCC T2-4N0M0) or localized(More)
Thirty-six adult dissections (14 cadaver and 22 operative) demonstrate the constant presence of the angular branch of the thoracodorsal artery as a vascular pedicle to the inferior pole of the scapula. This vessel originated in all cases just proximal or distal to the serratus branch of the thoracodorsal artery and arborized to the periosteum 6 to 9 cm from(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of the current study was to determine the sensitivity and specificity of initial F-18 fluorodeoxy-D-glucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) scanning for detection of occult lymph node and distant metastases in patients with early-stage cutaneous melanoma. METHODS The authors conducted a prospective nonrandomized clinical(More)