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Table 1 Clinical characteristics and treatments of the 200 patients in the study

From: Morbidity after conventional dissection of axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer patients

Characteristic Number of patients (%)
Age (years)  
  Mean age 53 ± 11
  <50 75 (37.5)
  ≥50 125 (62.5)
Dominant arm  
  Right 188 (94)
  Left 12 (6)
Surgery - evaluation interval  
  Mean time (months) 35 ± 18
  <36 112 (56)
  ≥36 88 (44)
Radiation therapy  
  Yes 190 (95)
  No 10 (5)
Chemotherapy  
  Yes 192 (96)
  No 8 (4)
Surgery  
  Mastectomy 35 (17.5)
  Conservative surgery 165 (82.5)
Dissected axilla  
  Right 94 (47)
  Left 106 (53)
Surgery in the dominant arm  
  Yes 94 (47)
  No 106 (53)
Incision for axillary dissection  
  The same as the breast’s 122 (61)
  Separate 78 (39)
Status of lymph nodes  
  At least one metastatic 103 (51.5)
  Absence of metastases 97 (48.5)
Lymph nodes with metastases (103)  
  Mean positive lymph nodes 5 ± 5
  <5 63 (61.1)
  ≥5 40 (38.8)
Dissected lymph nodes  
  Mean dissected lymph nodes 14 ± 4
  <10 35 (17.5)
  ≥10 165 (82.5)
Postoperative seroma  
  Yes 20 (10)
  No 180 (90)
Postoperative hematoma  
  Yes 10 (5)
  No 190 (95)
Postoperative infection  
  Yes 9 (4.5)
  No 191 (95.5)