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Following intravenous injection, IC-GREEN™ (tricarbocyanine) is rapidly bound to plasma protein, of which albumin is the principle carrier (95%). IC-GREEN™ (tricarbocyanine) undergoes no significant extrahepatic or enterohepatic circulation; simultaneous arterial and venous blood estimations have shown negligible renal, peripheral, lung or cerebro-spinal uptake of the dye. IC-GREEN™ (tricarbocyanine) is taken up from the plasma almost exclusively by the hepatic parenchymal cells and is secreted entirely into the bile. After biliary obstruction, the dye appears in the hepatic lymph, independently of the bile, suggesting that the biliary mucosa is sufficiently intact to prevent diffusion of the dye, though allowing diffusion of bilirubin. These characteristics make IC-GREEN™ (tricarbocyanine) a helpful index of hepatic function.
The plasma fractional disappearance rate at the recommended 0.5 mg/kg dose has been reported to be significantly greater in women than in men, although there was no significant difference in the calculated value for clearance.
Last reviewed on RxList: 10/3/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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