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. 2013 Aug;23(8):651-62.
doi: 10.1089/lap.2012.0311. Epub 2013 Jun 11.

Systematic Review of Studies Investigating Sentinel Node Navigation Surgery and Lymphatic Mapping for Gastric Cancer

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Systematic Review of Studies Investigating Sentinel Node Navigation Surgery and Lymphatic Mapping for Gastric Cancer

Mehmet Fatih Can et al. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. .

Abstract

Evolutions in minimally invasive surgical techniques and advances in sentinel node navigation surgery (SNNS) have had considerable impact on current insights into surgical treatment of gastric cancer. Extensive data on this method of surgical application have accumulated but have been principally derived from single-institute studies. Isosulfan blue and patent blue violet have been the most frequently used dye tracers in the past; however, indocyanine green has now is increasingly popular. The double-tracer method, where dye and radioisotope tracers are used together, seems to be more effective than any single tracer. Among newly emerging adjunct techniques and promising alternative in particular are infrared ray electronic endoscopy, florescence imaging, nanoparticles, and near-infrared technology. Hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining is still the method of choice for the detection of sentinel lymph node (SLN) metastases. Immunohistochemical staining can be used to support H&E findings, but the equipment costs of ultrarapid processing systems are currently slowing down their worldwide spread. We believe minimally invasive function-preserving resection of the stomach, together with lymphatic basin dissection navigated by SLNs, can represent the ideal approach for SNNS to detect clinically node-negative early gastric cancer, although this remains to be elucidated. Patients with cT3 or more advanced disease should still be treated by means of standard D2 dissection.

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