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Correspondence
September 2000

The Influence of Diagnostic Biopsies on the Sentinel Lymph Node Detection in Cutaneous Melanoma

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(9):1176. doi:

The sentinel lymph node (SN) biopsy procedure is accepted worldwide for treatment of melanoma with more than 1 mm invasion depth.1The technique is a minor surgical procedure with rare complications and is usually performed after a diagnostic excisional biopsy of the primary melanoma, because only histologic examination can confirm diagnosis and invasion depth and serves as a criterion for further treatment. In general, diagnostic biopsiesare performed with up to a 10-mm excisional distance from the primary tumor.

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