Imprint cytology of axillary lymph nodes as an intraoperative diagnostic tool

P A Lambah, M A McIntyre, U Chetty, J M Dixon

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Frozen section histology of lymph nodes intraoperatively is associated with a false negative rate of twenty-five per cent. Imprint cytology is reported to have greater accuracy than frozen section. Accurate intraoperative examination of lymph nodes could help to prevent some patients from having a second axillary operation in breast cancer. This study assesses the sensitivity of imprint cytology to lymph node metastases using two different staining techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-8
Number of pages5
JournalEJSO - European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Coloring Agents
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Immunoglobulins
  • Intraoperative Care
  • Lymph Node Excision
  • Lymph Nodes
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tolonium Chloride


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