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Savitri Krishnamurthy, Nour Sneige, Deepak G. Bedi, Beth S. Edieken, Bruno D. Fornage, Henry M. Kuerer, S. Eva Singletary and Kelly K. Hunt Role of ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration of indeterminate and suspicious axillary lymph nodes in the initial staging of breast carcinoma Cancer 95

Article first published online: 19 AUG 2002 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.10786

Ultrasound (US)-guided fine-needle aspiration of nonpalpable, indeterminate and suspicious axillary lymph nodes is a simple, minimally invasive and reliable technique for the initial determination of axillary lymph node status in patients with breast carcinoma. The discrepancy between the initial and final axillary lymph node status may be related to the failure to visualize all lymph nodes during US examination, small-sized metastases, and preoperative neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

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