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Surgical Innovation
March 18, 2020

Use of Indocyanine Green for Intraoperative Ureteral Identification in Nonurologic Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Scott Department of Urology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • 2Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • 3Operative Care Line, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, Texas
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(6):520-521. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0094

We report the use of indocyanine green (ICG) for ureteral identification during nonurologic surgery. Indocyanine green is a cyanine-based dye that can be injected intravenously to visualize vascularized structures with near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence. Other reports suggest that intraureteral ICG instillation offers benefits for ureteral identification during urologic and nonurologic minimally invasive surgery.1,2

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