Heterotopic Tissue in Lymph Nodes

An Unrecognized Problem

Mark P. Sawicki, Thomas Howard, Edward Passaro

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Abstract

• Heterotopic tissue in lymph nodes is both unknown to clinicians and a potential source of confusion with metastatic disease. We reviewed the English literature and found 289 cases of heterotopic tissue in lymph nodes. The majority (84%) of these patients were operated on for malignant neoplasms. The most frequent sites of occurrence was the pelvis (67%), followed by the axilla (14%), neck (14%), groin (3%), abdomen (2%), and mediastinum (less than 1%). The tissue seen is site-specific and frequently resembles a neighboring organ. Three cases have been reported in which heterotopic tissue was mistaken for metastatic disease. These cases illustrate the importance of being familiar with heterotopic tissue in lymph nodes and identifying it when it does occur, to avoid inappropriate therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1394-1399
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Surgery
Volume125
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Choristoma
Lymph Nodes
Literature
Axilla
Groin
Mediastinum
Pelvis
Abdomen
Neck
Neoplasms
Therapeutics

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Heterotopic Tissue in Lymph Nodes : An Unrecognized Problem. / Sawicki, Mark P.; Howard, Thomas; Passaro, Edward.

In: Archives of Surgery, Vol. 125, No. 10, 1990, p. 1394-1399.

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Sawicki, Mark P. ; Howard, Thomas ; Passaro, Edward. / Heterotopic Tissue in Lymph Nodes : An Unrecognized Problem. In: Archives of Surgery. 1990 ; Vol. 125, No. 10. pp. 1394-1399.
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