Pyoktanin blue injection for resection of cystic brain tumor • a case report

Yusuke Tomita, Tatsuya Sasaki, Tomoyuki Tanabe, Masaru Ldei, Kenichiro Mukaoka, Kinya Terada, Toshinari Meguro, Nobuyuki Hirotsune, Shigeki Nishino

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Pyoktanin blue is an agent that is often used during STA-MCA anastomosis In this report, we inject it into a cystic tumor for complete resection, and we report its usefulness. The patient was a 57-year-old female She suffered from progressive cerebellar ataxia CT and MR showed a cystic metastatic tumor at the right cerebellar hemisphere. 40 mm in diameter. Craniotomy was performed. 5 cm in diameter, using the right suboccipital approach After peeling off the tumor from the surface layer of the brain, we injected diluted pyoktanin blue into the tumor to dye the inside wall After that, the tumor was peeled off completely without exposing the dyed inside wall We sometimes find it difficult to distinguish tumor from brain if there is tearing of the tumor wall Tearing of the tumor can be prevented by injecting pyoktanin blue into it. and making the inside wall visible Using this procedure, we think a tumor can be resected without residual tumor or damage to the brain Although we have used this method only a few times, we think it is an easy and useful technique to inject pyoktanin blue into a cystic tumor during its resection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-691
Number of pages5
JournalNeurological Surgery
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2013


  • Cystic tumor
  • Metastatic tumor
  • Methylrosanilinium chloride
  • Pyoktanin. crystal violet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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