The standard procedure for remnant gastric cancer after esophago-proximal gastrectomy is total resection of the remnant stomach considering blood supply. However, sometimes surgery may be too invasive due to severe adhesion in the thoracic and mediastinal cavity. The blood supply to the remnant stomach depends on the right gastroepiploic artery and the right gastric artery. Therefore, preservation of the proximal region of the remnant stomach is thought to be anatomically impossible. We report a case of remnant gastric cancer that developed more than 12 years after lower thoracic esophagectomy plus proximal gastrectomy for Siewert Type I squamous cell carcinoma. We used intra-operative indocyanine green (ICG) venous-injection to evaluate blood flow and distal gastrectomy of the remnant stomach was performed by preserving the proximal stomach in the thoracic cavity through an abdominal approach. There were no complications of the remnant stomach or the anastomosis to the jejunum after surgery. In this case, we focused on the blood supply by collateral circulation through the anastomotic line from the remnant esophagus. After confirming blood supply with intra-operative evaluation using ICG fluorescence, less-invasive distal gastrectomy was successfully performed. As the intra-operative ICGbased evaluation for blood supply is a simple and safe method, it might be useful for determining the resection margin of various organs and be effective for the introduction of less invasive surgery. Here, we report a case and a review of the literature.
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