The role of indocyanine green video-angiography (ICG-VA) in the resection of vascular malformations

The role of indocyanine green video-angiography (ICG-VA) in the resection of vascular malformations has been largely described.

Intraarterial injection was feasible and useful to distinguish feeders from normal artery and to observe changes in flow dynamics. Intra-arterial injection of ICG had better phase contrast than intra-venous injection of ICG and better spatial resolution than digital subtraction angiography. Therefore, this technique can be helpful in arteriovenous malformation (AVM) surgery 1).

The utility of ICG-VA before dural opening (transdural ICG-VA) proved an efficient tool that allows optimising the exposure of the malformation, performing a safe dural opening and identifying dural vascular connections of the lesion 2).

1) Kono K, Uka A, Mori M, Haga S, Hamada Y, Nagata S. Intra-arterial injection of indocyanine green in cerebral arteriovenous malformation surgery. Turk Neurosurg. 2013;23(5):676-9. doi: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.6420-12.0. PubMed PMID: 24101318.
2) Della Puppa A, Rustemi O, Gioffrè G, Causin F, Scienza R. Transdural indocyanine green video-angiography of vascular malformations. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2014 Sep;156(9):1761-7. doi: 10.1007/s00701-014-2164-z. Epub 2014 Jul 19.PubMed PMID: 25034506.

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