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positive sentinel lymph node with spitzoid tumor

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Children and teenagers with a positive sentinel lymph node (SLN) after a prior diagnosis of an atypical spitzoid melanocytic tumor (ASMT) are usually cared for clinically in the same way as patients with melanoma.

Little is known about long-term follow-up of these individuals to determine whether this practice is appropriate.

Children and teenagers with ASMTs and positive SLNs have a less aggressive clinical course than those with histologically unambiguous melanoma.

Paywall references

- Atypical Spitzoid Melanocytic Tumors With Positive Sentinel Lymph Nodes in Children and Teenagers, and Comparison With Histologically Unambiguous and Lethal Melanomas. Busam KJ, Murali R, Pulitzer M, McCarthy SW, Thompson JF, Shaw HM, Brady MS, Coit DG, Dusza S, Wilmott J, Kayton M, Laquaglia M, Scolyer RA. Am J Surg Pathol. 2009 Jul 15. PMID: 19609204