Sentinel Node Biopsy

DR. Sergio Ralon

All the cases were operated on by two senior surgeons (S.R. and G.P. in General Hospital San Juan de Dios) 10 patients underwent Subtotal Gastrectomy and 5 Total Gastrectomy.

Diffuse carcinoma 54% and 46% Intestinal carcinomas. 54% were antral tumors, 22% body tumors and with proximal lesions 24%.

The blue-staining sentinel node was identified in 12/15.

The sentinel node were situated at level 3 (lesser curvature) in 1 patients, at level 4 (greater curvature) in 2, at level 5 (suprapyloric) in 2, at level 6 (infrapyloric) in 2, at level 1(right cardial) in 2, at level 2 (left cardial) in 1, and at level 7 (left gastric artery) in 2.

The average of sentinel nodes harvested was 2 nodes.