ePlasty: Vol. 14
Reoperative Selective Sentinel Lymphadenectomy Combined With Lymphoscintigraphy Is Technically Feasible for Cutaneous Tumors of the Upper Extremity After Radical Dissection of Regional Lymph Node Basins for Breast Cancer
Edward P. Miranda, MD,a,c Oliver C. Bellevue, BA,b and Stanley P.L. Leong, MDc

aCenter for Complex Reconstruction, San Francisco, Calif; bSchool of Medicine, University of California San Francisco; and cCenter for Melanoma Research and Treatment, Department of Surgery, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, Calif


Correspondence: DrMiranda@ComplexReconstruction.org
Keywords: lymphadenectomy, lymphoscintigraphy, melanoma, sentinel node, squamous cell carcinoma

Objective: The rising incidence of melanoma and the high prevalence of breast cancer have generated a new scientific problem—how do the regional lymph node basins function after radical lymphadenectomy and are lymphatic drainage patterns altered after radical lymphadenectomy? Furthermore, after radical lymphadenectomy, selective sentinel lymphadenectomy is still a technically feasible and valid staging tool in the upper extremity? Thus, our study asks if selective sentinel lymph node dissection is technically feasible after radical lymph node dissection of the regional draining basin of the upper extremity (axilla). Methods: Retrospective revie .......