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World J Gastrointest Oncol. May 15, 2016; 8(5): 466-473
Published online May 15, 2016. doi: 10.4251/wjgo.v8.i5.466
Non-surgical factors influencing lymph node yield in colon cancer
Patrick Wood, Colin Peirce, Jurgen Mulsow
Patrick Wood, Colin Peirce, Jurgen Mulsow, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin 7, Ireland
Author contributions: Wood P, Peirce C and Mulsow J contributed equally to this work; Wood P, Peirce C and Mulsow J analysed data; Wood P and Peirce C performed the research and wrote the paper; Peirce C and Mulsow J designed the research.
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Correspondence to: Jurgen Mulsow, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7, Ireland.
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Received: September 29, 2015
Peer-review started: October 1, 2015
First decision: November 13, 2015
Revised: December 15, 2015
Accepted: March 7, 2016
Article in press: March 9, 2016
Published online: May 15, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Surgeons, pathologists and patients alike must appreciate that there are many factors which influence lymph node (LN) yield in resected colon cancer specimens. Clinicians must strive for the perfect oncological operation and pathological analysis. However, clinicians should be aware that despite optimal surgery and pathological analysis, other factors may influence the LN yield following colonic resection for cancer.