Predictors of occult nodal metastasis in patients with thin melanoma.

  title={Predictors of occult nodal metastasis in patients with thin melanoma.},
  author={Mark B Faries and Leslie A. Wanek and David Elashoff and Byron Wright and Donald L. Morton},
  journal={Archives of surgery},
  volume={145 2},
HYPOTHESIS Thin primary lesions are largely responsible for the rapid increase in melanoma incidence, making identification of appropriate candidates for nodal staging in this group critically important. We hypothesized that common clinical variables may accurately estimate the risk of nodal metastasis after wide excision and determine the need for sentinel node biopsy. DESIGN Review of prospectively acquired data in a large melanoma database. SETTING A tertiary referral center. PATIENTS… CONTINUE READING


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