AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 7 (July)

Sentinel Node Biopsy (July 1999)

July 1999 pages 6-7 Coding Communication Sentinel Node Biopsy Clinical Vignette Current treatment of cancer involves the understanding and application of many concepts. Chief among them is accurate staging that, in turn, can yield appropriate treatment decisions. Sentinel node biopsy can be an important part of malignant tumor staging when used for certain cancers, including cutaneous melanoma and breast cancer. What is Sentinel Node Biopsy? Sentinel node biopsy is the surgical excision of the first lymph node in a chain of lymph nodes (ie, a lymphatic basin) that receive lymphatic fluid that drains from the tumor site. Since the...

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