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Title
The difficulty with measuring the largest melanoma tumour diameter in sentinel lymph nodes
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Abstract
Identification of sentinel node (SN) metastases can set the adjuvant systemic therapy indication for stage III melanoma patients. For stage IIIA patients, a 1.0 mm threshold for the largest SN tumour diameter is used. Therefore, uniform reproducible measurement of its size is crucial. At present, the number of deposits or their microanatomical sites are not part of the inclusion criteria for adjuvant treatment. The goal of the current study was to show examples of the difficulty of measuring SN melanoma tumour diameter and teach how it should be measured. Histopathological slides of SN-positive melanoma patients were retrieved using the Dutch Pathology Registry (PALGA). Fourteen samples with the largest SN metastasis around 1.0 mm were uploaded via tele-pathology and digitally measured by 12 pathologists to reflect current practice of measurements in challenging cases. Recommendations as educational examples were provided. Microanatomical location of melanoma metastases was 1 subcapsular, 2 parenchymal and 11 combined. The smallest and largest difference in measurements were 0.24 mm and 4.81 mm, respectively. 11/14 cases (78.6%) showed no agreement regarding the 1.0 mm cut-off. The median discrepancy for cases <= 5 deposits was 0.5 mm (range 0.24-0.60, n=3) and 2.51 mm (range 0.71-4.81, n=11) for cases with >= 6 deposits. Disconcordance in measuring SN tumour burden is correlated with the number of deposits. Awareness of this discordance in challenging cases, for example, cases with multiple small deposits, is important for clinical management. Illustrating cases to reduce differences in size measurement are provided.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of clinical pathology. - London
Publication
London : Bmj publishing group , 2024
ISSN
0021-9746
DOI
10.1136/JCP-2023-209354
Volume/pages
(2024) , 6 p.
ISI
001173864500001
Pubmed ID
38378246
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Last edited 10.04.2024
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