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Fukushima Journal of Medical Science

Hiroyuki Yazawa, Kaoru Takiguchi, Karin Imaizumi, Marina Wada, Fumihiro Ito
Three-dimensional (3D) laparoscopic surgical systems have been developed to account for the lack of depth perception, a known disadvantage of conventional 2-dimensional (2D) laparoscopy. In this study, we retrospectively compared the outcomes of total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) with 3D versus conventional 2D laparoscopy. From November 2014, when we began using a 3D laparoscopic system at our hospital, to December 2015, 47 TLH procedures were performed using a 3D laparoscopic system (3D-TLH). The outcomes of 3D-TLH were compared with the outcomes of TLH using the conventional 2D laparoscopic system (2D-TLH) performed just before the introduction of the 3D system...
March 15, 2018: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Mitsunori Higuchi, Hironori Takagi, Yuki Ozaki, Takuya Inoue, Yuzuru Watanabe, Takumi Yamaura, Mitsuro Fukuhara, Satoshi Muto, Naoyuki Okabe, Yuki Matsumura, Takeo Hasegawa, Jun Osugi, Mika Hoshino, Yutaka Shio, Hiroyuki Suzuki
BACKGROUND: According to previous reports, lobectomy with bronchoplasty or angioplasty is a more feasible surgery than pneumonectomy for central-type non-small cell lung cancer. However, few studies have compared both the short- and long-term outcomes between pneumonectomy and pulmonary function-preserving surgery. METHODS: From January 2004 to December 2015, 18 patients underwent pneumonectomy (Group PN) and 12 patients underwent pulmonary function-preserving surgery (group PS) at Fukushima Medical University Hospital...
February 20, 2018: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Sakumi Kazama, Junichiro James Kazama, Minako Wakasugi, Yumi Ito, Ichiei Narita, Motoko Tanaka, Fumi Horiguchi, Koichi Tanigawa
Emotional disturbance including depression is associated with increased mortality among dialysis patients. The Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) is a simple tool for assessing emotional disturbance. This study investigated the relationship between emotional conditions as assessed with the SDS test and mortality among 491 hemodialysis patients. At baseline, 183 (37.3%), 180 (36.7%), 108 (22.0%), and 20 (4.1%) were classified as normal, borderline depression, depression, and severe depression, respectively. During the two years of observation period, 57 of 491 (11...
February 3, 2018: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Emiko Asai, Masaya Yamamoto, Kazuki Ueda, Satoshi Waguri
To investigate the possible implications of autophagy, one of the degradation pathways induced by metabolic stress, in the dynamic reconstructive process of wound healing, the appearance and changes of punctate structures for microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3), an autophagosome marker, were examined in a rat skin wound healing model. Although the ratio of LC3-II/LC3-I in Western blotting was not evidently changed during the wound healing process, LC3-positive dots were clearly observed in fibroblasts and myofibroblasts, and occasionally in macrophages, by immunohistofluorescence microscopy...
January 16, 2018: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Jin Ando, Motonobu Saito, Jun-Ichi Imai, Emi Ito, Yuka Yanagisawa, Reiko Honma, Katsuharu Saito, Kazunoshin Tachibana, Tomoyuki Momma, Shinji Ohki, Tohru Ohtake, Shinya Watanabe, Satoshi Waguri, Koji Kono, Seiichi Takenoshita
The T-box 19 (TBX19) gene encodes a transcription factor characterized by a highly conserved DNA-binding motif (T-box). Recent studies have revealed that TBX19 has been identified as one of the genes activated by KRAS mutations, and is upregulated in colon adenoma. These results indicate that TBX19 may work as an oncogene in colorectal cancer (CRC). However, the expression and role of TBX19 have yet to be investigated. Here, we investigated TBX19 mRNA and protein expressions in colon cancer cells or surgically resected CRC...
December 19, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Naoko Horikoshi, Hajime Iwasa, Seiji Yasumura, Masaharu Maeda
The Fukushima Medical University conducted a mental health care program for evacuees after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. However, the mental health status of non-respondents has not been considered for surveys using questionnaires. Therefore, the aim of this study was to clarify the characteristics of non-respondents and respondents. The target population of the survey (FY2011-2013) is people living in the nationally designated evacuation zone of Fukushima prefecture. Among these, the participants were 967 people (20 years or older)...
December 12, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Masashi Fujita, Kazumichi Abe, Manabu Hayashi, Ken Okai, Atsushi Takahashi, Hiromasa Ohira
Lusutrombopag, a small molecule thrombopoietin receptor agonist, has been approved for the treatment of chronic liver disease-associated thrombocytopenia due to hypersplenism in patients scheduled to undergo elective invasive procedures in Japan. We performed partial splenic embolization (PSE) after administration of lusutrombopag in two patients with thrombocytopenia due to cirrhosis. Case 1 involved a 50-year-old man who developed cirrhosis due to hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and alcohol consumption...
November 15, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Keishi Yamane, Yukihiko Kawasaki, Ryo Maeda, Shinichiro Ohara, Kazuhide Suyama, Mitsuaki Hosoya
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the recent frequency of onset and severity of IgA vasculitis with nephritis (IgAVN) in Fukushima Prefecture, we examined the epidemiology and clinico-pathological manifestations of IgAVN in our hospital over a 10-year period. METHODS: We enrolled 18 patients with IgAVN treated between 2004 and 2013 in the Department of Pediatrics, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine. These patients were divided into two groups; Group 1 consisted of 12 patients with IgAVN hospitalized between 2004 and 2008 and Group 2 consisted of 6 patients with IgAVN hospitalized between 2009 and 2013...
September 14, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Mizue Ichinose, Takuto Hikichi, Yukiko Kanno, Naohiko Gunji, Masashi Fujita, Masahito Kuroda, Kumiko Terashima, Yoshinori Sato, Satoshi Kawana, Yuko Hashimoto, Hiromasa Ohira, Masayuki Miyata
A 66-year-old man was referred to our hospital with an increasing subepithelial lesion in the gastric antrum. Using esophagogastroduodenoscopy, a tumor with a steep, 20-mm-high rise protruding in the lumen was observed. The mucosal surface of the tumor was reddish, with ulcers forming at the base. Moreover, the tumor was mobile and soft. A biopsy specimen was taken from the ulcer, but tumor tissue was not collected from the submucosa. Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) showed a high echoic mass in the submucosa...
September 14, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Koichi Hashimoto, Mitsuaki Hosoya
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is one of the most important viral pathogen related to acute lower respiratory infection in young children. The virus surface envelope contains the G, F, and SH proteins as spike proteins. The F protein is considered to be a major antigenic target for the neutralizing (NT) epitope as only the F protein is essential for cell infection among the three viral envelope proteins, and it is more highly conserved than the G protein. Recently, four antigenic targets related to NT activity have been reported;site I, site II, site IV, and site zero (0)...
September 1, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Nobuhiro Haga, Ruriko Takinami, Ryo Tanji, Akifumi Onagi, Kanako Matsuoka, Tomoyuki Koguchi, Hidenori Akaihata, Junya Hata, Soichiro Ogawa, Masao Kataoka, Yuichi Sato, Kei Ishibashi, Ken Aikawa, Yoshiyuki Kojima
Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) has enabled steady and stable surgical procedures due to both meticulous maneuvers and magnified, clear, 3-dimensional vision. Therefore, better surgical outcomes have been expected with RARP than with other surgical modalities. However, even in the RARP era, post-prostatectomy incontinence has a relatively high incidence as a bothersome complication. To overcome post-prostatectomy incontinence, it goes without saying that meticulous surgical procedures and creative surgical procedures, i...
August 9, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Hironori Numazaki, Hideo Kobayashi, Katsuhiro Yoshida, Michiyuki Hakozaki, Shin-Ichi Konno
A 24-year-old man with severe atopic dermatitis underwent anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction of the right knee seven years earlier but developed a surgical site infection. The infection did not heal after removal of the metal implants, and a fistula eventually developed. This condition was left untreated for six years before he was referred to our hospital. Magnetic resonance imaging showed fluid in the tibial bone tunnel and extensive bone marrow edema surrounding the bone tunnel. Based on these findings, abscess formation within the tibial bone tunnel and osteomyelitis spreading to the proximal tibia were suspected...
August 9, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Tomohiko Yamauchi, Akiko Tani, Shuji Yokoyama, Hiroshi Ogawa
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the accuracy of cone beam CT (CBCT) to diagnose non-invasive chronic fungal rhinosinusitis. METHODS: Preoperative CT evaluation of non-invasive chronic fungal rhinosinusitis was performed by CBCT (3D Accuitomo 170(®)) and traditional multidetector CT (MDCT) (Aquilion 32(®)) in 13 and 38 patients with non-invasive chronic fungal maxillary sinusitis, respectively, in different facilities. Detection of intrasinus calcification was compared between these two groups...
August 9, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Toshihiko Nakamura
The patient was a male infant with an antenatal diagnosis of huge intraabdominal mass. Prenatal ultrasound at 35 weeks gestation revealed a markedly enlarged cystic mass in the lower abdomen. After birth at 38 weeks, the infant was allowed to void spontaneously and passed meconium. Ultrasonography showed an enlarged bladder with wall thickness of 2.9 mm and no hydronephrosis. Voiding cystourethrograms showed no evidence of vesicoureteral reflex and posterior urethral valve. The post-void residuals were 15 mL at 11 days of life, 5 mL at 1 month and 0 mL at 5 months...
August 9, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Akiomi Yoshihisa, Yasuchika Takeishi
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is frequently observed in patients with heart failure (HF), and complex pathologic conditions exist between both conditions. In this review article, we describe the characteristics of SDB complicated with HF, the prognostic impact of SDB in HF patients, and the favorable effects of positive airway pressure in HF patients with SDB.
August 9, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Ryo Motoya, Koji Otani, Takuya Nikaido, Yoko Ono, Takatomo Matsumoto, Ryohei Yamagishi, Shoji Yabuki, Shin-Ichi Konno, Shin-Ichi Niwa, Hirooki Yabe
ObjectivesThe purpose of this study was to develop a comprehensive back school program that included elements of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), implement this through multidisciplinary collaboration, and ascertain its effectiveness as a pilot study. DesignThis school was implemented in the form of five 90-minute group sessions held every other week.MethodsParticipants comprised 7 chronic low back pain patients with poor improvement in the usual treatment. Practitioners were orthopaedic surgeon, physical therapist, and a clinical psychologist...
August 9, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Ken Kikuchi, Takeshi Shigihara, Yuko Hashimoto, Masayuki Miyajima, Nobuhiro Haga, Yoshiyuki Kojima, Fumio Shishido
AIMS: To evaluate the relationship between the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value for bladder cancer and the recurrence/progression risk of post-transurethral resection (TUR). METHODS: Forty-one patients with initial and non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer underwent MRI from 2009 to 2012. Two radiologists measured ADC values. A pathologist calculated the recurrence/progression scores, and risk was classified based on the scores. Pearson's correlation was used to analyze the correlations of ADC value with each score and with each risk group, and the optimal cut-off value was established based on receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis...
August 9, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Mitsuru Sugimoto, Tadayuki Takagi, Rei Suzuki, Naoki Konno, Hiroyuki Asama, Ko Watanabe, Jun Nakamura, Hitomi Kikuchi, Yuichi Waragai, Mika Takasumi, Yuki Sato, Takuto Hikichi, Hiromasa Ohira
Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) plays a major role in diagnosing gallbladder (GB) cancer and pancreatic cancer (PC). In cases of GB cancer, EUS allows for precise observations of morphology and wall layers. However, proficiency is required for the morphologic diagnosis of GB tumors. Therefore, contrast-enhanced harmonic EUS (CH-EUS) began to be performed to diagnose GB lesions. CH-EUS enables real-time observation of the hemodynamics of GB tumors. The enhanced patterns generated by CH-EUS improve precision in the diagnosis of such tumors...
August 9, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Masahiro Suzuki, Takashi Matsuzuka, Masakazu Ikeda, Yuta Nakaegawa, Tetsuro Kobayashi, Tomotaka Kawase, Takehiro Kobari, Shigeyuki Murono
Angiosarcomas are rare malignant tumors derived from endothelial cells and occur most commonly in the scalp and the face. The prognosis is poor. Therefore, spontaneous regression of angiosarcoma is a rare phenomenon.We describe a case of a 73-year-old man with multiple metastatic angiosarcoma.In the present case, weekly paclitaxel therapy had an effect, but could not be continued because of interstitial pneumonia (IP). Weekly docetaxel therapy did not have an effect, but further chemotherapy was not carried out because aggravation of the IP was a concern...
August 9, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Koichi Hashimoto, Seiji Yasumura, Keiya Fujimori, Hyo Kyozuka, Yu Wakaki, Akiko Sato, Haruko Hanzawa, Tadahiko Yokoyama, Testushi Sato, Mitsuaki Hosoya
The Japan Environment and Children's Study is an ongoing nationwide birth cohort study that is being conducted at 15 regional centers throughout Japan. The recruitment of subjects in the study area within Fukushima Prefecture, which includes Fukushima City, Minami Soma City and Futaba County, was begun on January 31, 2011 with the cooperation of the obstetrics and gynecology departments of local medical institutions. On March 11, soon after the start of recruitment, the Tohoku region was hit by an unprecedented disaster in the shape of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which was closely followed by the Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident...
August 9, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
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