Atsushi Imagawa

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BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is a new method for the curative treatment of early gastrointestinal neoplasms, which was developed in order to increase the en bloc and R0 resection rate, especially for lesions larger than 20 mm in diameter. Drawbacks of ESD include the fact that it is technically a substantially more(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) of early gastric cancer is less invasive than surgical resection, and if technically feasible, it may result in less long-term morbidity than does incisional surgery. However, ESD is technically difficult in patients who have had a previous distal gastrectomy. OBJECTIVE Our purpose was to retrospectively(More)
BACKGROUND Although endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is expected to reduce the local recurrence of gastric cancers, we still experience cases of recurrence after an ESD. OBJECTIVE To characterize clinical and pathologic features of cases with local recurrence of early gastric cancer after an ESD. DESIGN A prospective cohort study. SETTING AND(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Sodium hyaluronate (SH) is a promising submucosal injection solution during endoscopic mucosal resection, but its high cost is an obstacle to more widespread use. The aim of this study was to identify an appropriate low-cost SH solution by varying the molecular weight of SH and mixing various solutions with it. MATERIALS AND(More)
BACKGROUND Although Helicobacter pylori infection is closely associated with gastric cancer development, follow-up studies after H. pylori eradication are still scarce. AIM To clarify the cancer preventive effect of H. pylori eradication, with special attention to differences in effect according to histology. METHODS Patients who underwent H. pylori(More)
The formation of a bezoar is a relatively infrequent disorder that affects the gastrointestinal system. Bezoars are mainly classified into four types depending on the material constituting the indigestible mass of the bezoar: phytobezoars, trichobezoars, pharmacobezoars, and lactobezoars. Gastric bezoars often cause ulcerative lesions in the stomach and(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIM We have previously reported that gastric ulcers artificially created by endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) would heal within 8 weeks regardless of size and location. The details of the healing process remain unclear, and we aimed to clarify the mechanism by histopathological investigation. PATIENTS AND METHODS 21 post-ESD(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is one of the most complex and lengthy endoscopic procedures, so deep sedation during ESD is indispensable. Our study aims were to determine whether bispectral index (BIS) monitoring is useful in titrating and reducing the dose of the sedative propofol during ESD, and to measure the(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the clinical characteristics of patients with gastrointestinal bezoars and their response to therapy. Patients We retrospectively reviewed the cases of 19 patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal bezoars at the Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences or one of 15 collaborating institutions(More)
Fifty-three patients with primary bladder carcinoma underwent total cystectomy during the past 10 years. Ages ranged from 32 to 87 years old, with an average of 68.2 years. Radical total cystectomy, including systemic lymphadenectomy was performed in 22 cases, simple total cystectomy in 8 cases and salvage total cystectomy in 23 cases. An ileal conduit was(More)