Dynamic blood flow to the retrograde limb of the internal mammary vein in breast reconstruction with free flap.

@article{Sugawara2015DynamicBF,
  title={Dynamic blood flow to the retrograde limb of the internal mammary vein in breast reconstruction with free flap.},
  author={Jun Sugawara and Toshihiko Satake and Mayu Muto and Seiko Kou and Kazunori Yasumura and Jiro Maegawa},
  journal={Microsurgery},
  year={2015},
  volume={35 8},
  pages={622-6}
}
BACKGROUND In free flap breast reconstruction, the retrograde limb of the internal mammary vein (IMV) is occasionally used as a second recipient vein. In this study, we evaluated the dynamic blood flow to the retrograde limb of the IMV (retrograde IMV) at the anastomosed site via indocyanine green (ICG) angiography METHODS In 40 patients undergoing free flap breast reconstruction, we evaluated the dynamic blood flow as "stain(+)" if a stain by ICG was observed and, "flow(+)" if a smooth blood… CONTINUE READING