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Lobe-specific skip nodal metastasis in non-small cell lung cancer patients.
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PMID:  18292733     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to clarify the lobe-specific nodal metastasis and optimal range of mediastinal nodal dissection in lung cancer patients with skip metastasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 136 patients with pN2/3 disease were treated between 1988 and 2002, and these patients were divided into two groups according to whether skip metastasis was identified or not. We drew a comparison of the lobe specificity of mediastinal nodal involvement between skip positive and negative groups. RESULTS: Skip metastasis was identified in 48 (35.3%) of 136 pN2/3 patients. The lymph nodal regions most frequently found (target nodes) were as follows: right upper-#3 and right #4, middle & lower-#3, right #4 and #7, left upper-left #4, #5, and #6, and left lower-#7, #8, and #9. Skip metastasis can be detected at a rate of 82.6% to 91.7% by means of a histological examination of these target nodes. However, the frequency of skip metastasis in other mediastinal nodal regions excluding the target nodes was found to progress to a level of 33.3% to 57.1% insofar as tumor metastasis to these target nodes was identified. CONCLUSIONS: The examination of lobe-specific nodal regions may be helpful for determining patients with skip metastasis. If metastasis is found somewhere in these target nodes, then a systematic nodal dissection may be acceptable for a complete resection even if N1 metastasis is not identified.
Ryoji Kawano; Enjo Hata; Shingo Ikeda; Toshiya Yokota
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery : official journal of the Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1341-1098     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Thorac Cardiovasc Surg     Publication Date:  2008 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-22     Completed Date:  2008-05-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9703158     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Cardiovasc Surg     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  9-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Surgical Department of Respiratory Center, Mitsui Memorial Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / secondary*,  surgery
Lung Neoplasms / pathology*,  surgery
Lymph Node Excision
Lymphatic Metastasis / pathology*
Middle Aged
Survival Rate

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