Tattooing improves the detection of small lymph nodes and increases the number of retrieved lymph nodes in patients with rectal cancer who receive preoperative chemoradiotherapy: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Am J Surg 2018; 215: 563-569.

Published: 14th June 2018

Authors: Okada K, Sahahiro S, Ogimi T, Miyakita H, Saito G, Tanaka A et al.


Tattooing increased the mean number of nodes harvested from 8.8 to 13.3 (P<0.001), but did not affect the number of positive nodes identified in this study that included 80 patients.

Pubmed Link

Your comments