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Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Jun Liu, Wei Wei, Xiaoqin Wu, Jieyu Zhong, Xiaoling Liu, Yongbin Li, Haiyu Luo, Yusen Zhang, De-sheng Sun
The purpose of this study was to assess whether translymphatic contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) combined with fine-needle aspiration (FNA) can be used pre-operatively to assess the status of axillary lymph nodes in early-stage breast cancer patients. Furthermore, we wanted to determine whether this less invasive method could potentially be a pre-operative surgical strategy. One hundred sixty-four sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) were detected by CEUS after intradermal injection of microbubbles in 126 cases. One hundred twenty of 126 cases (95.24%) were accurately diagnosed with the SLN-FNA method. All 6 false-negative cases were due to micrometastasis or macrometastasis. There were no false-positive results after CEUS-guided FNA biopsy based on post-operative histopathological results. In conclusion, translymphatic CEUS combined with SLN-FNA is a less traumatic approach that has high accuracy in the pre-operative evaluation of axillary lymph node status. It might have the potential to be as reliable an indicator for axillary lymph node dissection as SLN biopsy.
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