Innovative application uses ICG to locate thoracic duct
Injury to the thoracic duct is one of the major complications in thoracic surgeries, occurring in about 1% of cases. Injury to this duct can result in cylothorax, essentially leaking from the thoracic duct. The thoracic duct is an essential part of the lymphatic system and aids in the absorption and processing of fats. Injury to this duct can result in pleural effusions (fluid around the lungs) as well as cause harm to the immune system, and result in malnutrition.
This innovative study examines the feasibility of using the PDE Neo II to identify the thoracic duct during surgery with the hope that these complications can be reduced.
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