Source: Acta Medica Transilvanica.
In patients with colon cancer, the rate of survival is strongly correlated with the status of the lymph nodes. Several authors report a lower survival rate when LN micrometastases were detected. SLN have the greatest potential of developing metastases, and their evaluation is more cost-effective and more efficient. Moreover, the intraoperative nodular mapping can enable the detection of aberrant lymphatic drainage pathways, which leads to a more extensive resection.
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