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BACKGROUND To evaluate the efficacy and feasibility of rituximab monotherapy in Japanese patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive B-cell lymphoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixty-eight patients were treated with rituximab at 375 mg/m(2) by eight consecutive weekly infusions. Pretreatment variables affecting overall response rate (ORR) and(More)
A spontaneous intercostal arterial rupture in patients without associated illness or trauma is extremely rare. We present a 58-year-old man with an idiopathic and spontaneous arterial rupture restrained by conservative management. He was admitted to our institute with an intermittent back pain lasting for 3 days. His past history included no notable(More)
Giant sinus node artery aneurysms with a fistula into the left atrium are extremely rare. A 76-year old woman was admitted to our hospital for an abnormality on her chest X-ray. Coronary computed tomography (CT) angiogram revealed a giant coronary aneurysm with feeding arteries arising from the sinus node artery and the left circumflex artery. Additionally,(More)
BACKGROUND Conventional reoperative mitral valve surgery by median sternotomy has several difficulties. We performed mitral valve replacement (MVR) under ventricular fibrillation (VF) through right mini-thoracotomy with three-dimensional videoscope for avoiding the problems. METHODS Between 2006 and 2011, we performed 257 cases of MVR, in which 125 cases(More)
Left ventricular pseudoaneurysm (LVPA) is a known serious complication of myocardial infarction or mitral valve replacement. As an alternative option, transmitral patch repair for LVPA has been reported. However, it is very difficult to complete the procedure for LVPA with a large defect. A 68-year old man with a history of inferior myocardial infarction(More)
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