Fluorescein-guided surgery for grade IV gliomas with a dedicated filter on the surgical microscope: Preliminary results in 12 cases

Francesco Acerbi, Morgan Broggi, Marica Eoli, Elena Anghileri, Lucia Cuppini, Bianca Pollo, Marco Schiariti, Sergio Visintini, Chiara Orsi, Angelo Franzini, Giovanni Broggi, Paolo Ferroli

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Background: Fluorescein is widely used as a fluorescent tracer for many applications. Its capability to accumulate in cerebral areas with blood-brain barrier damage makes it an ideal dye for intraoperative visualization of malignant gliomas (MG). We report our preliminary experience in fluorescein-guided removal of grade IV gliomas using a dedicated filter on the surgical microscope. Methods: In September 2011 we started a prospective phase II trial (FLUOGLIO) to evaluate the safety and obtain initial indications about the efficacy of fluorescein-guided surgery for MG. Patients with suspected MG amenable to complete resection of contrast-enhancing areas were eligible to participate in this study. This report is based on a preliminary analysis of the results of 12 patients with grade IV gliomas out of 15 consecutive cases (age range 48-72 years) enrolled since September 2011. Fluorescein was injected intravenously (i.v.) after intubation (5-10 mg/kg). The tumor was removed using a microsurgical technique and fluorescence visualization by BLU 400 or YELLOW 560 filters on a Pentero microscope (Carl Zeiss, Germany). The study was approved by our ethics committee and registered on the European Regulatory Authorities website (EudraCT no. 2011-002527-18). Results: Histological analysis confirmed grade IV gliomas in 12/15 cases. Median preoperative tumor volume was 33.15 cm3 (9.6-87.8 cm3). No adverse reaction related to the administration of fluorescein was registered. Contrast-enhanced tumor was completely removed in 75 % of the patients. Conclusion: This preliminary analysis suggested that the use of intravenous fluorescein during surgery on grade IV gliomas is safe and allows a high rate of complete resection of contrast-enhanced tumor at the early postoperative MRI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277-1286
Number of pages10
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • Fluorescein
  • Malignant gliomas
  • Total removal
  • Yellow 560

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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