The follow-up after melanoma operations should include active involvement of the patients in the form of self-inspection and palpation (Kroon and Nieweg 2000). Clinically, high-resolution ultrasound is used for prediction of lymph node metastasis in malignant melanoma cases.
Uren's investigations (1999) proved this method accurate for the diagnosis of nodal metastases during follow-up. In these investigations it was found to have a sensitivity of 94% and a specificity of 87%, with an accuracy of 89%.
Nodal metastases were present in all cases investigated in which the thickness of the nodes was found to be greater than two thirds of their length and the echoes in the node were at a low level.
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