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BACKGROUND Although some surgeons prefer to use artificial valve rings for tricuspid valve annuloplasty, we have mainly performed De Vega's tricuspid annuloplasty for functional tricuspid regurgitation, because it is a simple and effective technique for reducing tricuspid regurgitation due to annular dilatation. We evaluated long-term results of the De(More)
Aortic dissection etiology involve many factors that are difficult to identify clearly. We report a 47-year-old man who underwent a Bentall operation with reattachment of bypass grafts for a dissecting aneurysm (DeBakey type II) 4 years after combined triple coronary artery bypass grafting and mitral valve replacement. This case appeared to be associated(More)
In wild-type (VDR(+/+)) mice, ECaC2 expression was confirmed in the intestine and kidney, while ECaC1 expression was exclusively confined to the kidney. Both mRNAs expression of ECaC1 and ECaC2 in the kidney and ECaC2 mRNA expression in the intestine increased time- and dose-dependently in response to 1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3) injection in VDR(+/+) mice, but not(More)
AIM To investigate the link between serum leptin concentrations and exercise. DESIGN Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of an exercise intervention. SUBJECTS 110 Japanese overweight men aged 32-59 years were recruited. At baseline, the average body mass index (BMI) was 28.5 +/- 2.5 kg/m2. From this group, we used data of 36 overweight men (BMI,(More)
BACKGROUND During the cardiovascular surgeries in elderly people, only a few cases can avoid the homologous blood transfusion, because of their preoperative anemic tendency and low hemopoietic abilities. We examined the capability to avoid the homologous blood transfusion in over 75 year old patients by the preoperative autologous blood collection.(More)
BACKGROUND There is growing evidence that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected women might have a different human papillomavirus (HPV) type distribution in cervical dysplasia specimens as compared to the general population. This has implications for primary prevention. OBJECTIVE We aimed to obtain preliminary data on the HPV genotypes prevalent in(More)
Redo coronary artery bypass grafting due to graft failure and the progression of new lesions has been increasing in frequency recently. We are often forced to revascularize only the left anterior descending artery (LAD) in very elderly patients with a high risk to median sternotomy. We performed reoperative minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass(More)
It has been reported recently that oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is associated with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of HPV infection and HPV types in the oral cavity and cervix of female sex workers in Japan. Oral and cervical swabs were taken from 196 female sex workers who visited a(More)
We describe a case of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in a 76-year-old woman with a history of stroke, atrial fibrillation, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cranial diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) performed for preoperative assessment showed a hyperintense lesion in the left cerebellum. Preoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)(More)