Title

Sentinel Node Biopsy as an Adjunct to Limb Salvage Surgery for Epithelioid Sarcoma of the Hand

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-29-2005

Journal

World Journal of Surgical Oncology

Volume

3

Issue

41

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1477-7819-3-41

Abstract

Background: Epithelioid sarcomas of the hand are rare, high-grade tumors with a propensity for regional lymphatic spread approaching 40%.

Case Presentation: A 54-year-old male with an epithelioid sarcoma of the palm was treated with neoadjuvant radiation, wide excision, and two-stage reconstruction. Sentinel lymph node biopsy was used to stage the patient's axilla. Sentinel node biopsy results were negative. The patient has remained free of local, regional and distant disease for the follow-up time of 16 months.

Conclusion: The rarity of this tumor makes definitive conclusions difficult but SLN biopsy appears to be a useful adjunct in the treatment of these sarcomas.