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Gross Total Resection Rates in Contemporary Glioblastoma Surgery: Results of an Institutional Protocol Combining 5-ALA Intraoperative Fluorescence Imaging and Brain Mapping.

Al's Comment:

 5-ALA is a dye used during brain tumor surgery to let the surgeon know where the tumor is.  This article shows that it helps increase the chances of a total resection for a Glioblastoma, without increasing the complication rate.  This dye is approved for use in Europe, but the USA FDA has not yet approved it here.  It is in clinical trials here and hopefully will be approved soon.


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Original Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22895402


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