The impact of lymphovascular invasion on lymph node status in patients with breast cancer.

Department of Surgery, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
The American surgeon (Impact Factor: 0.92). 07/2011; 77(7):874-7.
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ABSTRACT Lymphovascular invasion (LVI) is not uniformly found or reported in breast cancer tumor reports. We sought to determine the impact of the finding of LVI on various parameters of lymph node status in patients with breast cancer. A chart review was performed of 400 node-positive patients from a cohort of patients in a prospective multicenter national sentinel node registry. The finding of LVI was then correlated to number of positive sentinel nodes, the number of positive nonsentinel nodes, the lymph node ratio, and the size of the largest metastatic deposit. Of the 400 patients, data regarding LVI were missing in 98 (24.5%) cases. Although all of these patients were node-positive, LVI was noted to be present in 155 patients (38.8%) and absent in 147 (36.8%). LVI was found to correlate with more positive sentinel nodes (mean, 1.72 vs 1.35; P < 0.001), more positive nonsentinel nodes (mean, 2.16 vs 0.54; P < 0.001), and a higher lymph node ratio (0.29 vs 0.16; P < 0.001). LVI also correlated with size of largest metastatic deposit (P = 0.002). Although LVI is known to be associated with lymph node status, it is not frequently noted on pathology reports. Given its prognostic value, LVI should be carefully evaluated and reported.

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