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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 345-350

Sentinel lymph node biopsy in gastrointestinal malignancies-Where do we stand?

1 Department of Clinical Surgical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Trinidad, West Indies
2 Department of Surgical Oncology, Gastrointestinal Service, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

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R Maharaj
Department of Clinical Surgical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Trinidad
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.84940

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Sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) are the nodes in direct communication with the primary tumor and are therefore the first group of nodes to be involved in lymphatic metastasis. Though the role of SLN biopsy is well established in cancers of the breast and melanoma, its role in gastrointestinal malignancies is still evolving and controversial. In this paper, the literature is reviewed with respect to the status of SLN biopsy in gastrointestinal malignancies.


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