Experiences with axillary reverse mapping

Martinus A Beek*, Paul D Gobardhan, Elisabeth G Klompenhouwer, Harm J T Rutten, Adri C Voogd, Ernest J T Luiten

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

Axillary reverse mapping (ARM) is a technique by which the lymphatic drainage system of the upper extremities is mapped, so that the lymph channels and glands can be preserved during axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). This can lead to less postoperative morbidity, such as lymphoedema. A randomised multicentre study showed that there are statistically significantly fewer post-operative symptoms if the lymph channels and glands of the upper extremities are spared with this technique. Despite the declining indication for an ALND, ARM can have added value for the patients who do have to undergo ALND.

Translated title of the contributionExperiences with axillary reverse mapping
Original languageDutch
Article numberD4222
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume164
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Axilla/surgery
  • Drainage
  • Humans
  • Lymph Node Excision/methods
  • Lymph Nodes/pathology
  • Lymphedema/etiology
  • Morbidity
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy/methods

Cite this