G. A. LILLINGTON, M.D., M.S., F.R.C.P. (C); R. W. JAMPLIS, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.
The diagnosis of a number of systemic and internal diseases can often be established with certainty by histological examination of tissues obtained by biopsy of superficial structures in the body. The value of resection of palpably enlarged, superficial lymph nodes for diagnostic purposes has been recognized for decades.
In 1949, this concept was broadened by Daniels' demonstration (1) that biopsy of nonpalpable scalene lymph nodes would provide a pathological diagnosis in a significant percentage of cases of indeterminate intrathoracic and intra-abdominal disease. Subsequently, it has been recognized that scalene node biopsy has prognostic as well as diagnostic value in patients
LILLINGTON GA, JAMPLIS RW. Scalene Node Biopsy. Ann Intern Med. ;59:101–110. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-59-1-101
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(1_Part_1):101-110.
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