Sentinel Node Biopsy in Oral Cancer

  • Krishnakumar Thankappan
  • Moni Abraham KuriakoseEmail author


The status of the cervical nodes is an important prognosticator in patients with oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) [1]. There is a high incidence of occult metastasis, even in patients with no clinical or radiological evidence of lymph nodal metastasis (N0). This ranges from 10 to 50 % depending on the primary tumor characteristics [2–4]. Despite this, we currently have no accepted noninvasive diagnostic modality for identification of occult regional disease [1].


Sentinel Lymph Node Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Neck Dissection Isolate Tumor Cell Occult Metastasis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krishnakumar Thankappan
    • 1
  • Moni Abraham Kuriakose
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Head and Neck Surgery and OncologyAmrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita UniversityKochiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Head and Neck, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dental and Maxillofacial ProsthodonticsRoswell Park Cancer InstituteBuffaloUSA

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