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June 1971

Complete Axillary Node Dissection With Preservation of the Pectoralis Major Muscle

Author Affiliations

Duarte, Calif
From the Department of Oncologic and General Surgery, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, Calif. This investigation was supported in part by the Hans Kosterlitz Research Fellowship.

Arch Surg. 1971;102(6):578-581. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350060042012

Sixty-eight patients with malignancies of the upper extremity, shoulder region, and chest wall have been treated with complete axillary node dissection by reapproximation of the pectoralis major muscle. The technique gives complete access to the axillary lymphatic chain, especially in the region of the retropectoral and highest axillary node bearing tissue. Since the operation can be performed with little morbidity, it is recommended that this technique gain a wider acceptance.