Using lymphoscintigraphy in this way meant that patients with lesion sites previously thought to have unambiguous drainage were also studied, and this led to the discovery of several unusual and previously unknown pathways for lymphatic drainage of the skin [28-33]. It is now clear that when faced with an individual patient with a melanoma, there are, in fact, very few, if any, places on the skin of the human body which have completely unambiguous drainage, and in any event, this concept is now redundant because the location of the sentinel node has become the main application of lymphatic mapping of the skin. Several large surgical studies have now confirmed that sentinel node status is an accurate reflection of node field status in melanoma patients [34-36].
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