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Table 2 Factors considered contraindications to sentinel node biopsy by the 32 surgeons who currently perform SNB in their clinical practice

From: Sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer: is it already a standard of care? A survey of current practice in an Italian region

FACTORS N of surgeons %
Clinically positive axilla 30 93.7
Patients given neo-adjuvant CT 25 78.1
Multi-centric tumours 22 71.9
Previous homo-lateral quadrantectomy in the upper-outer quadrant (without axillary surgery) 12 37.5
Previous homo-lateral axillary incision (i.e. for prosthesis insertion) 8 25.0
Previous tumour excision 4 12.5
Non-palpable tumours 1 3.1