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01.12.2017 | Correspondence | Ausgabe 1/2017 Open Access

World Journal of Surgical Oncology 1/2017

Use of indocyanine green for detecting sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer: letter to the editor

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World Journal of Surgical Oncology > Ausgabe 1/2017
Autor:
Samir Hidar

Abstract

In a previous issue of the journal, Oldřich Coufal and Vuk Fait reported a pilot study that specifically addressed the use of indocyanine green for detecting sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer within a European population. They concluded that fluorescence method cannot currently be considered a method fully comparable with using radioisotopes in this setting. We consider that the absence of a learning curve, the low mean of retrieved sentinel nodes, and the possibility that migration of indocyanine green occurred after the initial biopsy limit the strength of their conclusion.
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