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October 2004

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for High-Risk Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

Arch Dermatol. 2004;140(10):1284. doi:10.1001/archderm.140.10.1284-a

Although infrequent, metastases from primary cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) do occur, with reported rates ranging from 0.3% to 16%.13 Parotid nodes, followed by cervical nodes, are commonly the initial site of metastasis arising from primary SCC of the head and neck. Once lymphatic spread occurs, the prognosis is poor with an overall survival rate of 34.4%.3

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