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A case series using methylene blue for sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer at St. Luke's Medical Center.

Author

Jonathan C. Nolasco,
Ma. Cecilia  Pagdanganan

Related Institution

Department of Surgery - St. Luke's Medical Center

Publication Information

Publication Type
Journal
Publication Sub Type
Case Series
Title
Philippine Journal of Surgical Specialties
Frequency
Quarterly
Publication Date
April-June 2010
Volume
65
Issue
2
Page(s)
67-69

Abstract

Sentinel lymph node biopsy has not gained popularity in the Philippines, perhaps the reason being the unavailability of resources. The use of methylene blue may change this situation.
OBJECTIVE: The authors intend to demonstrate that methylene blue may be used as an alternative dye in sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer with satisfactory results.
METHODS: Twenty patients diagnosed with breast cancer underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy after injection with methylene blue dye, followed by complete axillary dissection. Histologic evaluation of the nodes was done using H&E stain.
RESULTS: The identification rate was 95%, with no false negatives.
CONCLUSION: Sentinel lymph node biopsy using methylene blue can be done with satisfactory results.

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