Akimune Fukushima

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AIM The aim of this study was to investigate heat-shock protein (Hsp)70 as a novel marker to evaluate the curative effects of treatment for preterm delivery high-risk patients and pre-eclampsia. METHODS After obtaining informed consent, serum samples were collected from 31 preterm delivery high-risk patients with a tocolysis index of three points or above(More)
We describe polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (VT) diagnosed using fetal magnetocardiography (FMCG). The fetus of a 33-year-old Japanese female at 24 weeks of pregnancy was diagnosed as bradycardia (60 beats/min) by fetal cardiotocography (CTG). Ultrasound findings indicated a diagnosis of an atrioventricular (AV) block involving extrasystole, but FMCG(More)
We report a rare case of a monochorionic twin gestation after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in which one of the fetuses had VACTERL association. A 27-year-old woman became pregnant by ICSI and was found to have monochorionic twin fetuses. One fetus was noted to have the following anomalies: a multicystic, dysplastic left kidney with a hydroureter,(More)
Although ultrasonic diagnostic imaging and fetal heart monitors have undergone great technological improvements, the development and use of fetal electrocardiograms to evaluate fetal arrhythmias and autonomic nervous activity have not been fully established. We verified the clinical significance of the novel signal-averaged vector-projected high(More)
Noninvasive risk stratification is important for screening for lethal arrhythmia. We developed a 187-channel signal-averaged vector-projected high-resolution electrocardiograph (187-ch SAVP-ECG) for detecting abnormalities in the spatial location of ventricular high-frequency late potentials (HFLPs) and ventricular repolarization. The subjects consisted of(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The prediction of genetic predispositions to ischemic stroke (IS) may allow the identification of individuals at elevated risk and thereby prevent IS in clinical practice. Previously developed weighted multilocus genetic risk scores showed limited predictive ability for IS. Here, we investigated the predictive ability of a newer(More)
AIM Fetal exposure to excessive or deficient glucocorticoids may alter the programming in differentiation and maturation of various tissues including the brain and nervous system, leading to dysfunctions later in life. For further exploration of this possibility, we established an animal model using developing chick embryos. METHODS (i)(More)
Blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome (BRBNS) is a rare disorder characterized by multiple recurrent vascular malformations. Herein we report the case of a patient with BRBNS and placenta previa. Sonography and MRI clearly identified several hemangiomas located adjacent to the uterus with none adjacent to the anterior lower uterine segment. This preoperative(More)
Aim: To clarify the signifi cance of heart rate variability for the evaluation of an autonomic nervous system (ANS) in the normal fetus using fetal magnetocardiography (FMCG). Methods: Subjects consisted of normal pregnancy (n = 35) at 28–39 weeks gestation. FMCG was recorded using 64-channel magnetocardiography (MCG) in a magnetically shielded room. The(More)
We experienced an unreported rare case with an adnexal mass causing severe acute abdomen during pregnancy. A 30-year-old Japanese pregnant woman was transported to our hospital for her right lower abdominal pain at 30 weeks of gestation. Magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound demonstrated a cyst measuring 3-4 cm in diameter adjacent to the right ovary,(More)