ICG Fluorescence and the Prediction of Flap Necrosis

Eric Sturgis Anastomosis, Free Flap Perfusion, Free Flaps, General and Transplant Surgery, Hamamatsu PDE, ICG Fluorescence, ICG Perfusion, Microsurgery, Microvascular, Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery

Prediction of flap necrosis with laser induced indocyanine green fluorescence in a rat model.
In this study, German researchers from Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich used a rat model and ICG fluorescence to determine what level of perfusion gave good indication of future flap necrosis. In areas that would become necrotic they found that the perfusion rate was less than 25% than that of the surrounding area.

Bibliographic information:

Giunta, R. E., Holzbach, T., Taskov, C., Holm, P. S., Brill, T., Busch, R., Gansbacher, B., & Biemer, E. (2005). Prediction of flap necrosis with laser induced indocyanine green fluorescence in a rat model. Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Munchen, Germany.

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