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Despite the comparatively low morbidity rate, skin melanoma is known for its high mortality rate. High metastatic potential of the tumor, urges the necessity of improving methods of diagnostics, which can identify metastasis and assess the degree of dissemination at the early stage of disease.

We have analyzed results of ultrasound imaging of one of the earliest and frequent types of progression of melanoma - metastasis in regional lymphatic nodes. The article presents results of examination of 182 patients with skin melanoma with early metastasis in lymphatic nodes, also - characteristics of the image of tumor changes are described.

The high informativeness of ultrasound research for timely identification of metastatic changes and, respectively, the increase of the rate of survival of patients with skin melanoma are demonstrated.



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