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Ann Plast Surg. 2007 Aug;59(2):180-4.

Intraoperative lymphography using indocyanine green dye for near-infrared fluorescence labeling in lymphedema.

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655, Japan. fusa@k4.dion.ne.jp

Abstract

A new method for easy detection of functional lymphatic vessels in the superficial layer is reported. In a clinical trial, lymphography using indocyanine green dye for near-infrared fluorescence labeling in lymphaticovenular anastomoses was performed in 5 patients with lymphedema. The technique is simple and enables a minimally invasive operation to be performed. The results indicate that this technique is useful for acceptance as one of the examinations to evaluation of lymphedema.

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