Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Interventional Radiology - Original Article

US-guided core needle biopsy under assistance of hydrodissection to diagnose small lymph node metastases adjacent to cervical large vessels

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Department of Interventional Ultrasound, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Diagn Interv Radiol 2019; 25: 122-126
DOI: 10.5152/dir.2019.18166
Read: 179 Downloads: 25 Published: 03 September 2019

Abstract

 

PURPOSE

We aimed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of ultrasonography (US) guided core needle biopsy (CNB) with hydrodissection to diagnose small lymph node metastases adjacent to cervical large vessels.

 

METHODS

From January 2013 to October 2017, 31 patients with 31 cervical lymph node metastases adjacent to large vessels presented for US-guided CNB. The mean maximal diameter of lymph nodes was 0.93±0.16 cm (range, 0.6–1.2 cm). All patients underwent US-guided CNB with 18-gauge true-cut biopsy needle after hydrodissection with saline. The separation success rate (SSR) of the hydrodissection, technical success rate (TSR) of CNB, histopathologic success rate (HST), and complications were assessed.

 

RESULTS

The SSR of hydrodissection was 100% (31/31). After effective separation between the lymph node metastases and the adjacent large vessels with saline injection, the procedures of CNB were performed with a TSR of 100% (31/31).  The HST of the lymph node metastases was 100% (31/31). Two patients complained of mild cervical swelling sensation during saline injection. No major complications such as injury of the large vessels or massive hemorrhage occurred.

 

CONCLUSION

Hydrodissection can facilitate safely and effectively US-guided CNB of subcentimeter cervical lymph nodes adjacent to large vessels, potentially impacting further therapeutic decisions.

 

 

You may cite this article as: Cheng Z, Liang P. US-guided core needle biopsy under assistance of hydrodissection to diagnose small lymph node metastases adjacent to cervical large vessels. Diagn Interv Radiol 2019; 25:122–126.

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