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Total number of lymph nodes and numer of metastatic lymph nodes harvested during radical mastectomy did not influence early postoperative drainage volume

Wojciech M. Wysocki, Andrzej Stelmach, Jerzy W. Mituś, Tomasz Burzyński, Paweł Blecharz, Joanna Wysocka, Andrzej L. Komorowski
DOI: 10.17772/gp/1626
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Ginekol Pol 2013;84(8).

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Objectives: We aimed at evaluation of the influence of the extent of axillary lymph node dissection, measured by the total number of lymph nodes harvested, on the drainage volume. We also looked at the lymph node positivity (N+) and the number of metastatic axillary lymph nodes as a potential prognostic factors in this regard. Material and methods: We have analysed the data of 63 patients (F/M: 62/1) with breast cancer, who underwent radical modified mastectomy in 2008-2009 in the single department of surgical oncology. Results: We observed no significant correlation between the 1) total number of axillary lymph nodes harvested during lymphadenectomy, 2) presence of metastatic lymph nodes (node positive disease), 3) number of metastatic axillary lymph nodes and: drainage volume on the day of surgery, drainage volume on three consecutive postoperative days and drainage volume from the day of surgery to drain removal. Conclusion: The extent of axillary lymph node dissection, measured by the total number of lymph nodes excised, did not influence drainage volume after radical modified mastectomy. Neither total number of metastatic lymph nodes excised nor the node positivity (N+) were associated with increased drainage volume after mastectomy with axillary dissection.

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Objectives: We aimed at evaluation of the influence of the extent of axillary lymph node dissection, measured by the total number of lymph nodes harvested, on the drainage volume. We also looked at the lymph node positivity (N+) and the number of metastatic axillary lymph nodes as a potential prognostic factors in this regard. Material and methods: We have analysed the data of 63 patients (F/M: 62/1) with breast cancer, who underwent radical modified mastectomy in 2008-2009 in the single department of surgical oncology. Results: We observed no significant correlation between the 1) total number of axillary lymph nodes harvested during lymphadenectomy, 2) presence of metastatic lymph nodes (node positive disease), 3) number of metastatic axillary lymph nodes and: drainage volume on the day of surgery, drainage volume on three consecutive postoperative days and drainage volume from the day of surgery to drain removal. Conclusion: The extent of axillary lymph node dissection, measured by the total number of lymph nodes excised, did not influence drainage volume after radical modified mastectomy. Neither total number of metastatic lymph nodes excised nor the node positivity (N+) were associated with increased drainage volume after mastectomy with axillary dissection.
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breast cancer, axillary drainage, axillary lymphadenectomy, mastectomy, Metastatic lymph nodes

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Title

Total number of lymph nodes and numer of metastatic lymph nodes harvested during radical mastectomy did not influence early postoperative drainage volume

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

Issue

Vol 84, No 8 (2013)

DOI

10.17772/gp/1626

Bibliographic record

Ginekol Pol 2013;84(8).

Keywords

breast cancer
axillary drainage
axillary lymphadenectomy
mastectomy
Metastatic lymph nodes

Authors

Wojciech M. Wysocki
Andrzej Stelmach
Jerzy W. Mituś
Tomasz Burzyński
Paweł Blecharz
Joanna Wysocka
Andrzej L. Komorowski

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