The role of lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy in the staging and treatment of melanoma.

@article{Stadelmann2010TheRO,
  title={The role of lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy in the staging and treatment of melanoma.},
  author={Wayne K. Stadelmann},
  journal={Clinics in plastic surgery},
  year={2010},
  volume={37 1},
  pages={79-99}
}
The incidence of malignant melanoma is increasing at an alarming rate, doubling in women and growing by more 300% in men during the past 25 years. The importance of diagnosing nodal metastatic disease, with the ability to detect smaller and smaller volumes of tumor in the sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) biopsied using immunohistochemical staining, has impacted the accurate staging and stratification of melanoma patients. The role that elective lymph node dissection now plays in staging the melanoma… CONTINUE READING