TITLE

Clinical Utility of Frozen Section in Sentinel Node Biopsy in Breast Cancer

AUTHOR(S)
Gulec, Seza A.; O'Leary, Patrick; Su, Joseph; Stolier, Alan
PUB. DATE
June 2001
SOURCE
American Surgeon;Jun2001, Vol. 67 Issue 6, p529
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
One hundred sixty-five breast cancer patients underwent a sentinel lymph node biopsy procedure over a period of 2 years. Sentinel node (SN) could be successfully localized in 157 (95%) of the patients. Complete axillary lymph node dissection was performed only if the frozen section (FS) revealed a positive SN. All SN specimens were further evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin on multiple sections and cytokeratin immunohistochemisty. The patients whose SNs were negative by FS but positive by permanent histopathologic evaluation underwent a delayed axillary lymph node dissection. SN was positive in 41 of 157 (26%) patients. Eighteen (44%) of the 41 patients with SN metastases were diagnosed intraoperatively by FS and underwent a one-stage definitive surgical treatment. The benefit of FS was most notable in patients with T[sub 1c] and larger lesions.
ACCESSION #
5176944

 

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