A pilot study on early post-operative morbidity and technique of inguinal node dissection in vulval carcinoma

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Inguinal lymphadenectomy is part of the management plan for most cases of vulval carcinoma. The surgical techniques have been modified over the years resulting in less destructive operations. Even so, inguinal lymphadenectomy continues to pose difficulties particularly relating to wound breakdown and lymphocyst formation. Many different methods are described, though none have undergone any comparative assessment regarding morbidity. This small study compares two methods performed on the same patients. The radical procedure included excision of the fascia lata and exposure of the femoral vessels and nerve. The anatomically-directed method was more conservative with surgery directed at removing the nodes as described in anatomical textbooks. Both methods resulted in equal lymph node retrieval, though the subjective short-term morbidity was reduced with the more conservative surgery. This approach did not result in any detrimental outcomes regarding relapse disease, though a randomised trial is required to corroborate these findings.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-6
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Gynaecological Oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell, Female, Humans, Inguinal Canal, Lymph Node Excision, Pilot Projects, Treatment Outcome, Vulvar Neoplasms