Since Marjolin's description, the management of burn scar carcinoma has remained controversial. A multitude of options and recommendations exist for the management of both primary lesions and regional nodal metastasis. This work reviews six cases of Marjolin's ulcer staged using sentinel lymph node biopsy. All primary lesions were confirmed to be squamous cell carcinoma and occurred a median of 29.5 years after burn. No patient had clinically detectable lymphadenopathy. In all cases, preoperative lymphoscintigraphy successfully identified a single draining regional nodal basin. Subsequent intraoperative lymphatic mapping/sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy was successful in five of six cases (83%). A successful intraoperative lymphatic mapping/SLN biopsy was defined as the identification of blue (uptake of isosulfan blue dye) or "hot" (uptake of radiolabeled sulfur colloid as measured with a handheld gamma counter) node(s) and subsequent excision. Four of five SLN biopsies identified previously occult nodal metastasis. SLN biopsy represents a minimally invasive and accurate staging procedure for Marjolin's ulcer.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published - May 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Professions(all)
- Emergency Medicine