Incidence of nonlocalization of sentinel lymph nodes using preoperative lymphoscintigraphy in 74 consecutive head and neck melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma patients.

@article{Stadelmann2004IncidenceON,
  title={Incidence of nonlocalization of sentinel lymph nodes using preoperative lymphoscintigraphy in 74 consecutive head and neck melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma patients.},
  author={Wayne K. Stadelmann and Lorri Cobbins and Eric J. Lentsch},
  journal={Annals of plastic surgery},
  year={2004},
  volume={52 6},
  pages={546-9; discussion 550}
}
INTRODUCTION Lymphatic drainage pathways in the head and neck region are more variable than in any other location of the body. Occasionally, head and neck lymphoscintograms fail to identify a definitive lymphatic drainage pattern, making preoperative and intraoperative identification of sentinel nodes very difficult. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of nonlocalization on lymphoscintigraphy of sentinel nodes in patients with head and neck cutaneous malignancies. METHODS… CONTINUE READING