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Usefulness of intraoperative monitoring for mesenteric lymph node metastasis in transplanted free jejunum

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      We herein report a rare case of a patient with hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) who presented with recurrent metastasis in the mesenteric lymph node of a transplanted jejunum. Removal of the metastatic lymph node required resection of the nutrient vessels which risked the current state of the transplanted jejunum. Importantly, although the nutrient vessels were resected, the jejunum did not become necrotic. This case and another similar case indicate that it may be possible to predict the viability of a transplanted jejunum where jejunal nutrient vessels must subsequently be resected. Key indicators for jejunal survival include determining jejunal blood flow by intraoperative indocyanine green fluorescence imaging, confirming good jejunal color and observation of peristaltic movement by intraoperative blood flow blockage of nutrient vessels. In conclusion, if intraoperative indocyanine green fluorescence imaging in the entire jejunum can be confirmed, there is a high possibility that the jejunum can be well preserved. The clinical presentation and clinical course are described with a proposed new schema of the resectable site of the transplanted jejunal mesentery.


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