Accuracy of intraoperative imprint cytology for sentinel lymph node evaluation in the treatment of breast carcinoma : A 6-year study (pages 13–20)
Charles Cox, Barbara Centeno, Dan Dickson, John Clark, Santo Nicosia, Elisabeth Dupont, Harvey Greenberg, Nicholas Stowell, Laura White, Jayesh Patel, Ben Furman, Alan Cantor, Ardeshir Hakam, Nazeel Ahmad, Nils Diaz and Jeff King
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2004 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.20738
The authors report results from a large retrospective analysis of intraoperative imprint cytology performed on axillary sentinel lymph nodes (IICN) removed over the course of 2137 breast surgeries. IICN was found to accurately predict final lymph node status in 85.0% of patients. Although the accuracy of this technique varies with tumor size and type, the authors conclude that IICN is an accurate, practical, morbidity-reducing, and cost-effective procedure.