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Metastatic cancers to the neck from undetermined primary sites: long-term follow-up.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7078178     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
When a patient presents with a mass in the neck, diagnosis by fine needle aspiration cytology is recommended. This allows an accurate diagnosis of malignancy with minimal morbidity. Tissue planes, important in any future definite neck surgery, are not altered, as they would be from an excisional biopsy. Once the diagnosis of metastatic cancer is confirmed, thorough search for the primary tumor must be made. The history, physical examination, and radiographic and laboratory studies must be complete. Finding no origin of tumor, local treatment of the metastases must be done, with the objective being complete eradication of disease. Regular follow-up, with a continual search for the primary malignancy is then recommended. The specifics of this approach and the results of our series are outlined.
J M Roseman; A G James
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of surgical oncology     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0022-4790     ISO Abbreviation:  J Surg Oncol     Publication Date:  1982 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-07-22     Completed Date:  1982-07-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0222643     Medline TA:  J Surg Oncol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  247-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Biopsy, Needle
Follow-Up Studies
Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis,  pathology,  secondary*
Lymphatic Metastasis
Neck / pathology
Neck Dissection

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