Ultrasonographic evaluation of superficial lymph node metastases in melanoma.
ABSTRACT The aims of the present work were to assess the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonographic evaluation of superficial lymph nodes in patients with cutaneous melanoma and to describe the sonographic characteristics which permit early detection of neoplastic nodal involvement. Eighty-seven patients (89 lymph node sites) were studied for approximately a 3-year period, with a minimal surveillance time of 1 year. The ultrasonographic imaging equipment utilized were a 10 MHz scanner with a mechanical and one with 10 MHz electronic linear probe. The characteristics considered indicative of possible metastatic involvement were: round shape (short to long axis ratio > 0.5), no central hilus, nodular areas within the lymph node, sinuosity of the lymph node edges and lymph node with regular morphology and echostructure but with maximum diameter greater than 3 cm. Generally inguinal and axillary lymph nodes are larger than cervical ones. Of the 89 sites explored, 32 were considered 'suspect'. All 32 of these were subjected to cytology using ultrasound-guided, fine needle aspiration. The remaining 56 came in for a periodic control examination during a year. Thirteen of the 32 'suspect' lymph nodes proved positive at the pathologic examination. Two patients whose ultrasound diagnosis was negative developed metastases within 2 to 4 months (ultrasound false negatives). Our study indicates that there are sonographic features indicative of lymph node metastases from melanoma even in the early stages of the disease. Ultrasound scanning, therefore, is a useful diagnostic tool in the follow-up of melanoma patients, identifying which should be subjected to further testing with needle biopsy.
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ABSTRACT: Lymphatic vessels are a part of the circulatory system in vertebrates that maintain tissue fluid homeostasis and drain excess fluid and large cells that cannot easily find their way back into venous system. Due to the lack of noninvasive monitoring tools, lymphatic vessels are known as forgotten circulation. However, the lymphatic system plays an important role in diseases such as cancer and inflammatory conditions. In this paper, we start to briefly review the current existing methods for imaging lymphatic vessels, mostly involving dye/targeting cell injection. We then show the capability of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for label-free noninvasive in vivo imaging of lymph vessels and nodes. One of the advantages of using OCT over other imaging modalities is its ability to assess label-free blood flow perfusion that can be simultaneously observed along with lymphatic vessels for imaging the microcirculatory system within tissue beds. Imaging the microcirculatory system including blood and lymphatic vessels can be utilized for imaging and better understanding pathologic mechanisms and the treatment technique development in some critical diseases such as inflammation, malignant cancer angiogenesis, and metastasis.IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 01/2014; 20(2):6800510-6800510. · 4.08 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Techniques for lymphatic imaging are aiming at accurate, simple and minimal-invasive approaches with less side-effects and repetitive application. Limitations are emerging in conventional techniques, and new techniques have shown their advantages in high resolution and sensitivity as well as transcutaneous imaging. In the present review, these techniques and their applications are reviewed and elucidated, aiming at a better understanding of recent advancements and current trends of lymphatic imaging as well as promising techniques for future research.European journal of surgical oncology: the journal of the European Society of Surgical Oncology and the British Association of Surgical Oncology 12/2013; · 2.56 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound (US) in the study of superficial lymph nodes during the follow-up of patients surgically treated for skin tumours. The secondary objective was to compare positive cytological results with histological reports. From 2004 to 2011, 480 patients (male/female: 285/195; median age 57 years; prevalent skin tumour: melanoma) underwent US-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) of suspicious recurrent lymph nodes. An expert radiologist first performed US testing of the lymph nodes, expressing either a negative or positive outcome of the test. Subsequently, US-guided FNAB was performed. FNAB positive patients were subjected to lymphadenectomy; the patients who tested negative underwent the follow-up. The size of lymph nodes was ≤ 2 cm in 90% of cases. Out of the 336 (70%) US "positive" patients, 231 (68.8%) were FNAB positives. Out of the 144 (30%) US "negatives", 132 (91.7%) were FNAB negatives. The sensitivity and specificity of the US were 95% and 55.7%, respectively; the negative predictive value was 91.7% and the positive predictive value was 68.8%. Definitive histological results confirmed FNAB positivity in 97.5% of lymphadenectomies. US is a sensitive method in the evaluation of superficial lymph nodes during the follow-up of patients with skin tumours. High positive predictive value of cytology was confirmed.Radiology and Oncology 03/2014; 48(1):29-34. · 1.60 Impact Factor