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Positive sentinel lymph node: the evolution of axillary surgery and intraoperative assessment of sentinel lymph nodes


Axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) has been the treatment for breast cancer in patients with sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy metastasis for prognostic information, local control and maybe for a small survival benefit. In recent years, clinicians have been questioning the need for axillary dissection in patients with positive SLN as the rate of axillary recurrences remains low when no ALND is performed in this group. Several variables incorporated in nomograms have been examined to predict axillary metastasis in patients with SLN metastasis and these nomograms have helped to determine which patients can spare the morbidity of the ALND.

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