What are the contraindications for sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy in breast cancer?

Updated: Dec 27, 2019
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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Answer

According to the ASCO guidelines, sentinel lymph node biopsy should not be performed in patients with any of the following:

  • Large or locally advanced invasive breast cancer (tumor size T3/T4)

  • Inflammatory breast cancer

  • DCIS (when breast-conserving surgery is planned)

  • Pregnancy


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