Lymph node sampling in patients with epithelial ovarian carcinoma.
Lymph node sampling is part of the FIGO staging of patients with ovarian carcinoma and is usually part of a meticulous second look operation. We analyzed the primary lymph node status of patients and compared this to the lymph node status at second look operation. From 3/86-3/91, 97 patients with epithelial ovarian tumors were treated at this institution. Seventy-one of the 97 patients (73.2%) had lymph node sampling at primary surgery. Thirty of the 71 patients had positive lymph nodes (42.2%) and 41 patients were lymph node negative (57.8%). Of the initial 97 patients, 58 were eligible for second look operation (59.8%), and 48 of these patients had lymph nodes sampled at second look operation. Nine of the 48 patients had positive lymph nodes (18.7%) and 39 had negative lymph nodes at second look operation (81.3%). Of the patients with negative lymph nodes at primary surgery, 25 patients had second look operation and 24 of these patients had lymph node sampling at second look operation. All patients with negative lymph nodes at primary surgery had negative lymph nodes at second look operation. Of the 30 patients with positive lymph nodes at primary surgery, 12 underwent second look operation. Four patients had persistent positive lymph nodes and 8 patients had negative lymph nodes. Our data suggest that patients with negative lymph nodes at primary surgery are unlikely to have positive lymph nodes at second look operation. Therefore, we believe that lymph node sampling under these circumstances is unnecessary.
Goldberg, GL; Scheiner, J; Friedman, A; O'Hanlan, KA; Davidson, SA; Runowicz, CD
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