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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 624185, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Should Be Included with the Initial Surgery for High-Risk Ductal Carcinoma-In-Situ

Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308433

Received 23 April 2014; Revised 30 August 2014; Accepted 2 September 2014; Published 29 October 2014

Academic Editor: Qiuyin Cai

Copyright © 2014 Ern Yu Tan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. A proportion of those diagnosed preoperatively with ductal carcinoma-in-situ (DCIS) will be histologically upgraded to invasive carcinoma. Repeat surgery for sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy will be required if it had not been included with the initial surgery. We reviewed the outcome of SLN biopsy performed with the initial surgery based on a preoperative diagnosis of DCIS and aimed to identify patients at risk of histological upgrade. Methods. Retrospective review of 294 consecutive female patients diagnosed with DCIS was performed at our institute from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2008. Results. Of the 294 patients, 132 (44.9%) underwent SLN biopsy together with the initial surgery. The SLN was positive for metastases in 5 patients, all of whom had tumours that were histologically upgraded. Histological upgrade also occurred in 43 of the 127 patients (33.9%) in whom the SLN was negative for metastases. On multivariate analysis, histological upgrade was more likely if a mass was detected on mammogram, if the preoperative diagnosis was obtained with core biopsy and if microinvasion was reported in the biopsy. Conclusion. Patients in whom a preoperative diagnosis of DCIS is likely to be upgraded to invasive carcinoma will benefit from SLN biopsy being performed with the initial surgery.