Atsushi Kimura

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The authors report the case of a man with cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) who was observed for more than 26 years. Initial symptoms consisted of subtle numbness of the hands, and initial radiography showed small, segmental-type OPLL in the cervical spine. Lateral radiography of the cervical spine was performed every few(More)
BACKGROUND We examined different characteristics of the second derivative of the finger photoplethysmogram (SDPTG) and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (BAPWV) for assessing arterial function in a large general population, along with the alteration of SDPTG in hypertension. METHODS Finger SDPTG and BAPWV were measured in 848 (544 normotensive and 304(More)
Study design Prospective cohort study. Objective The purpose of the present study was to identify the predictors of patient satisfaction with outcome after cervical laminoplasty for compressive cervical myelopathy. Methods A cohort of 143 patients with compressive myelopathy who underwent cervical double-door laminoplasty between 2008 and 2011 was studied(More)
OBJECT The aim in this prospective study was to determine the morphological limitations of laminoplasty for cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) by using intraoperative ultrasonography and to investigate correlations between ultrasonographic findings and 2-year follow-up results. METHODS Included in this study were 40 patients(More)
PURPOSE Pulsatile movements of the dura mater have been interpreted as a sign that the cord is free within the subarachnoid space, with no extrinsic compression. However, the association between restoration of pulsation and adequate decompression of the spinal cord has not been established. The present study investigated the relationship between the extent(More)
BACKGROUND Supra/interspinous ligaments connect adjacent spinous processes and act as a stabilizer of the spine. As with other spinal ligaments, it can become ossified. However, few report have discussed ossification supra/interspinous ligaments (OSIL), so its epidemiology remains unknown. We therefore aimed to investigate the prevalence and distribution of(More)
STUDY DESIGN Observational anatomic study. OBJECTIVE To give precise information on the surgical anatomy of the medial branches of the cervical dorsal rami. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The anatomy of the medial branches has not been sufficiently described. METHODS We recorded the location of the medial branches in 94 consecutive patients who underwent(More)
A 65-year-old woman with a history of rheumatoid arthritis presented with a rare case of acquired Chiari malformation secondary to atlantoaxial vertical subluxation, associated with congenital atlanto-occipital assimilation. Syringomyelia and tetraparesis improved immediately after posterior fossa decompression and simultaneous occipito-cervical junction(More)
The arterial ketone body ratio (AKBR) is considered to be an accurate index of the functional reserve of the liver, and the validity of this idea has been confirmed in the field of abdominal surgery. We found low AKBR value intracerebral hemorrhage patients and discussed the clinical significance of this finding in this paper. Twenty-five patients with(More)