NAACCR Item #834: Sentinel Lymph Nodes Examined

Item # Length Source of Standard Year Implemented Version Implemented Year Retired Version Retired
834 2 CoC 2018 18

NAACCR XML: Tumor.sentinelLymphNodesExamined

Description
Records the total number of lymph nodes sampled during the sentinel node biopsy and examined by the pathologist. This data item is required for CoC-accredited facilities as of cases diagnosed 01/01/2018 and later. This data item is required for breast and melanoma cases only.
Rationale
It is a known fact that sentinel lymph node biopsies have been under-reported. Additionally, the timing and results of sentinel lymph node biopsy procedures are used in quality of care measures. This data item can be used to more accurately assess the number of lymph nodes biopsied during the sentinel node biopsy procedure separate from the number of lymph nodes dissected during additional subsequent regional node procedures.
Codes
00 No sentinel nodes were examined
01-90 Sentinel nodes were examined (code the exact number of sentinel lymph nodes examined)
95 No sentinel nodes were removed, but aspiration of sentinel node(s) was performed
98 Sentinel lymph nodes were biopsied, but the number is unknown
99 It is unknown whether sentinel nodes were examined; not stated in patient record