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  • Updated: 03/07/2014

Table 2. Regional Lymph Nodes (N)a

Clinical Stage Definition b
cNXRegional lymph nodes cannot be assessed.
cN0No palpable or visibly enlarged inguinal lymph nodes.
cN1Palpable mobile unilateral inguinal lymph node.
cN2Palpable mobile multiple or bilateral inguinal lymph nodes.
cN3Palpable fixed inguinal nodal mass or pelvic lymphadenopathy unilateral or bilateral.
Pathologic Stage Definition c
pNXRegional lymph nodes cannot be assessed.
pN0No regional lymph node metastasis.
pN1Metastasis in a single inguinal lymph node.
pN2Metastases in multiple or bilateral inguinal lymph nodes.
pN3Extranodal extension of lymph node metastasis or pelvic lymph node(s) unilateral or bilateral.

aReprinted with permission from AJCC: Penis. In: Edge SB, Byrd DR, Compton CC, et al., eds.: AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 7th ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2010, pp 447-55.
bClinical stage definition based on palpation, imaging.
cPathologic stage definition based on biopsy or surgical excision.