A. Midorikawa

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BACKGROUND/AIM Some patients with frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) have been shown to develop painting abilities after the onset of the disease; however, the reported cases have all been in western countries. The purpose of this report was to investigate whether this phenomenon was unique to western countries. METHODS 2 patients participated in(More)
The anatomic localization of brain functions can be characterized via diffusion tensor imaging in patients with brain tumors and neurological symptoms. The goal of the present study was to evaluate the function of the ventral, arcuate fasciculus (AF) and the superior longitudinal fasciculus (SLF)-related language pathways using these techniques by analyzing(More)
Damage to the left upper parietal lobule causes pure agraphia. However, we experienced a patient who exhibited musical agraphia following such a lesion after the agraphia improved. The patient was a 53-year-old female piano teacher. After surgery, she exhibited agraphia and musical agraphia. There was no expressive amusia, receptive amusia, aphasia, agnosia(More)
Many social animals can discriminate between familiar and unfamiliar faces. Orangutans, however, lead a semi-solitary life and spend much of the day alone. As such, they may be less adept at recognizing conspecifics and are a good model for determining how social structure influences the evolution of social cognition such as facial recognition. The present(More)
Previous studies suggested that perceptual memory as indexed by visual priming is normal in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, these studies did not specifically test the long-term effects of visual priming, which may differ significantly between Alzheimer's patients and normal subjects. To test this possibility, we examined long-term visual(More)
Hearing preservation in patients with vestibular schwannomas remains difficult by microsurgery or radiosurgery. In this study, awake surgery via the retrosigmoid approach was performed for vestibular schwannomas (volume, 11.6 ± 11.2 ml; range, 1.3–26.4 ml) in eight consecutive patients with preoperative quartering of pure tone audiometry (PTA) of 53 ± 27(More)
Introduction We analyzed factors associated with worsened paresis at 1-month follow-up in patients with brain tumors located in the primary motor area (M1) to establish protocols for safe awake craniotomy for M1 lesions. Methods Patients with M1 brain tumors who underwent awake surgery in our hospital (n = 61) were evaluated before, during, and immediately(More)
Schizophrenia is characterized by a series of serious mental disturbances, including social, cognitive, and emotional dysfunctions. Although motor dysfunctions as well as the cognitive impairments in schizophrenia have been noted since the era of Kraepelin, little attention has been paid to motor dysfunctions until recently. Here, we examined the(More)
Lymph node metastasis is considered one of the most important prognostic factors in gastric cancer. However, the optimal system for accurate staging of lymph node metastasis for patients with gastric cancer remains controversial. This study was designed to investigate the prognostic significance of the metastatic lymph node ratio (MLR), which is calculated(More)
Brain imaging studies suggest that panic disorder (PD) is mediated by several brain regions, including the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). In the present report we describe a patient who experienced a panic attack during awake surgery (case 1) and another patient who developed PD after surgery and radiotherapy (case 2). In case 1, the patient experienced(More)