Simple mastectomy and pectoral node biopsy

Br J Surg. 1976 Aug;63(8):569-75. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800630802.


Evidence is presented to support the view that biopsy of the pectoral and axillary tail nodes obtained at simple (total) mastectomy gives a reliable estimate of axillary node status. The technique is described.

MeSH terms

  • Axilla
  • Biopsy* / methods
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology*
  • Lymphatic Metastasis / diagnosis*
  • Lymphatic Metastasis / pathology
  • Mastectomy / methods*