“It has been proposed that adequate visualization of the blood flow using indocyanine green (ICG) could lead to the reduction in the incidence of anastomotic leakage (AL). The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of intraoperative fluorescence angiography (FA) in decreasing the incidence of AL after minimally invasive low anterior resection (LAR) with total mesorectal excision (TME) in rectal cancer patients and to determine predictors of anastomotic leak. The incidence of AL was significantly lower in the ICG group (19% vs. 9%, p = 0.042, χ2 test). In fifteen patients in the ICG group (15%), the resection line was moved due to insufficient perfusion.  Conclusion: The use of ICG to visualize tissue perfusion in low rectal resections for cancer can lead to a reduction of AL”.


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