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Table 1 Results related to the melanoma, the requests and the US examinations in Patient Group A (melanoma thickness > 1 mm) and Group B (< 1 mm)

From: Cutaneous melanoma follow-up: appropriateness of requests for ultrasound tests – the S.Gallicano National Referral Centre Experience

Results Group A n=290 Group B n=256
N(%) N(%)
Site of melanomas 18 (6.2) 8 (3.1)
  Head-neck 138 (47.6) 116 (45.3)
  Upper torso 32 (11.0) 30 (11.7)
  Lower torso 30 (10.3) 38 (14.8)
  Upper Limbs 72 (24.8) 64 (25.0)
  Lower Limbs   
Sentinel Lymph node 228 (82.0) 2 (0.8)
Ulceration 20 (6.97) 0 (0)
Regression 2 (0.7) 2 (10.8)
Multiple melanoma 40 (13.8) 0 (0)
Familiarity 4 (1.4) 0 (0)
Mitosis 10 (3.4) 0 (0)
Urgent requests 16 (65.5) 4 (1.6)
Total US tests 644 596
Total unjustified US tests 206 (32.0)* 172 (28.9)*
Total cost (Euros) 21902.8 19979.6
Unjustified cost (Euros) 6709.4 (30.6)** 5704 (28.5)**
  1. Note. * Out of total tests ** Out of total cost.