Can sentinel node biopsy be safely omitted in thin melanoma? Risk factor analysis of 1272 multicenter prospective cases.


General Surgery Unit, Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, piazza OMS 1, 24127, Bergamo, Italy. Electronic address: [Email]


The indication to sentinel node biopsy (SNB) for thin melanomas (Breslow <1 mm) is still subject to controversies. The aim of this paper is to review all SNB performed for thin melanoma and to analyze factors related to lymphatic metastasis. Moreover, the diagnostic performance of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th AJCC classifications for cutaneous melanoma were investigated.


Melanoma,Sentinel node,Sentinel node biopsy,Thin melanoma,

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