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Medical News & Perspectives
May 3, 2000

Dermatologists Debate Sentinel Node Biopsy, Safety of Liposuction, and Antibiotic Prophylaxis

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JAMA. 2000;283(17):2223-2224. doi:10.1001/jama.283.17.2223

San Francisco—Is sentinel node biopsy the criterion standard for staging malignant melanoma? What are the advantages and drawbacks of a hospital vs an office for performing liposuction, the nation's most common cosmetic surgical procedure? Should antibiotics be given prophylactically in conjunction with skin surgery?

The answers may hold some surprises for primary care providers who refer patients to dermatologists for the procedures in question. These issues prompted spirited debate in the current controversies symposium at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) here in March.