Combination Technique Is Superior to Dye Alone in Identification of the Sentinel Lymph Node in Male Breast Cancer

Simsek O., Belli A. K., AYDOĞAN F., Karatas A., Canbay E., Kepil N., ...More

AMERICAN SURGEON, vol.84, no.12, pp.1957-1960, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 84 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: AMERICAN SURGEON
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1957-1960
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: No


Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy is the main method in staging the axilla. There are insufficient data available regarding the accuracy of an SLN biopsy in male breast cancer. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether the combination of dye and radiotracer would improve the detection rate of SLNs versus dye alone in male breast cancer patients. From February 2009 to January 2012, our SLN biopsy database was retrospectively reviewed to identify male breast cancer cases. Of the 890 SLN procedures contained in the database, 10 male breast cancer patients were identified. Patient age, body mass index, SLN biopsy technique, SLN identification, number of SLN excised, and pathology reports were reviewed. Mean age was 57.2 (34-85) years with a mean tumor size was 2.2 (1.0-4.0) cm. SLN detection ratios were two in four with blue dye and six in six with the combination technique. Overall, SLNs were identified in 8 of the 10 patients. SLN biopsy is applicable in male breast cancer cases. The addition of a radiotracer to the dye in SLN biopsy increases the detection rate of sentinel nodes in male breast cancer patients.