Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 11, Supplement 3, pp 203S–207S | Cite as

Sentinel lymph node dissection and lymphatic mapping for local subcutaneous recurrence in melanoma treatment: Longer-term follow-up results

  • Brendon J. Coventry
  • Barry Chatterton
  • Fergus Whitehead
  • Craig James
  • P. Grantley Gill


Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node dissection (LM/SLND) for surgical staging of cutaneous primary melanoma is currently being evaluated, but the role of these techniques in recurrent (secondary) melanoma is largely unexplored. Our experience with 12 patients indicates the potential usefulness of LM/SLND in the management of locally recurrent melanoma at subcutaneous sites. We have even used mapping to localize the sentinel node draining a subcutaneous local recurrence after previous LM/SLND for primary melanoma. The application of LM/SLND may therefore be extended beyond primary melanoma management as we understand more about the technical issues and appropriate selection of patients.

Key Words

Lymphatic mapping Seeondary Sentinel node biopsy Subcutaneous melanoma recurrence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brendon J. Coventry
    • 1
  • Barry Chatterton
    • 2
  • Fergus Whitehead
    • 3
  • Craig James
    • 3
  • P. Grantley Gill
    • 1
  1. 1.Adelaide Melanoma Unit and Breast Endocrine and Surgical Oncology Unit Department of Surgery, University of AdelaideRoyal Adelaide HospitalAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear MedicineRoyal Adelaide HospitalAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Department of PathologyInstitute of Medical and Veterinary Sciences, and Adelaide Pathology PartnersAdelaide

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