Incidental findings in pelvic lymph nodes at radical prostatectomy

Ali M. Winstanley, A. Sandison, S. R.J. Bott, A. Dogan, M. C. Parkinson

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Aims: To assess the frequency and cause of incidental (non-metastatic) lymph node pathology discovered before or at radical prostatectomy. Methods: Eight hundred and fifty four consecutive lymphadenectomies received between 1988 and 2001 were reviewed. All had been processed and stained routinely. Additional techniques, indicated by morphology, were then performed. Results: Incidental pathology was found in 15 cases: florid sinus histiocytosis following prosthetic joint replacement (eight), non-caseating granulomas (three), small lymphocytic cell lymphoma (two), follicular lymphoma (one), and foreign body reaction (one). Incidental pathology was present in 1.8% of 854 patients who underwent pelvic lymphadenectomy during radical prostatectomy. Conclusion: Awareness of possible non-metastatic lymph node pathology aids histological diagnosis and may be clinically relevant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-627
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of clinical pathology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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