Pre-operative predictive factors for intra-operative pathological lymph node metastasis in rectal cancers.

@article{Gao2013PreoperativePF,
  title={Pre-operative predictive factors for intra-operative pathological lymph node metastasis in rectal cancers.},
  author={Chun Gao and Jingtao Li and Long Fang and S. Wen and L. Zhang and Hong-chuan Zhao},
  journal={Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention : APJCP},
  year={2013},
  volume={14 11},
  pages={
          6293-9
        }
}
BACKGROUND A number of clinicopathologic factors have been found to be associated with pathological lymph node metastasis (pLNM) in rectal cancer; however, most of them can only be identified by expensive high resolution imaging or obtained after surgical treatment. Just like the Child-Turcotte-Pugh (CTP) and the model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) scores which have been widely used in clinical practice, our study was designed to assess the pre-operative factors which could be obtained… Expand
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