Araba University Hospital Osakidetza

Gasteiz / Vitoria, Spain

Araba University Hospital Osakidetza

Gasteiz / Vitoria, Spain

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Ceberio N.,Araba University Hospital Osakidetza | Cuadra M.,Araba University Hospital Osakidetza | Mendizabal J.L.,Araba University Hospital Osakidetza | Gorostiaga J.,Araba University Hospital Osakidetza | Lete I.,Araba University Hospital Osakidetza
Clinical Breast Cancer | Year: 2016

Introduction: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of performing a selective intraoperative sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in breast cancer patients. Patients and Methods: Patients in this prospective study were women with breast cancer seen at our hospital in 2014. These patients were divided into 2 groups on the basis of the clinical criteria age, tumor size, and molecular subtype: (1) Group A: women with clinical criteria indicative of the need to perform an intraoperative analysis of the sentinel lymph node (SLN); and (2) Group B: women in whom postoperative analysis of the SLN was performed. The final anatomopathologic findings obtained for the SLNs were analyzed and the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of the clinical criteria used to decide between intraoperative or postoperative analysis of the SLN were estimated. Results: A total of 170 patients were included: 106 in group A and 64 in group B. The number of positive SLNs was 29 (22 in group A and 7 in group B; . P = .09). The sensitivity of our clinical criteria for establishing the indication to perform an axillary SLNB was 75.86% (95% confidence interval [CI], 56.05%-88.98%), the specificity was 40.43% (95% CI, 32.35%-49.03%), the positive predictive value was 20.75% (95% CI, 13.73%-29.95%), and the negative predictive value was 89.06% (95% CI, 78.16%-95.12%). Conclusions: The clinical findings used to decide whether or not to perform an SLNB exhibit low sensitivity and specificity and must therefore not be used to decide the need for an intraoperative SLNB. © 2016 Elsevier Inc.

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