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Table 1 Nodal metastasis, including nicrometastasis/ITC and clinical and/or pathological findings

From: Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C in preoperative biopsy specimens and metastatic foci of regional lymph nodes in submucosal gastric carcinoma

  Patients with lymph node metastasis
  positive(15) negative(31) p value
Age    
60< 6 16  
<59 9 15 0.46
Sex    
Male 11 22  
Female 4 9 0.87
Tumor size (cm)    
3.0< 11 19  
2.9> 4 12 0.42
Macroscopic type    
elevated 2 1  
depressed 13 30 0.19
Depth of invasion    
sm1 3 18  
sm2,3 12 13 0.02
Histological type    
differentiated 8 14  
undifferentiated 7 17 0.6
Lymphatic involvement    
positive 4 2  
negative 11 29 0.05
Venous involvement    
positive 2 2  
negative 13 29 0.44