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ICG angiography to protect skin in breast reconstruction

from Medscape (free login required)

Skin flap loss can be a devastating complication of breast reconstruction following mastectomy, but the use of intraoperative laser angiography using indocyanine green (ICG) can help prevent it through real-time assessment of tissue perfusion, according to a plastic surgeon who described the system at the 32nd Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference. The ICG angiography SPY Elite system cannot replace clinical judgment, but it can be a useful adjunct in helping to avoid skin necrosis, said Lloyd B. Gayle, M.D., chief of plastic surgery at Maimonides Medical Center, New York City. more

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