Hideki Murakami

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surgical techniques. A review of the developmental process of this operation leads to recognition of the tips, pitfalls, and solutions. We review here the principal concepts of TES for spinal tumors, as well as their related basic works that support the rationality of this operation. 1. Oncologic concept of spinal tumors (compartment and barriers) Enneking(More)
This study was carried out to determine the effect of age on the intervertebral disc, using a rabbit model. Anulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus tissue from New Zealand white rabbits aged 3 years old (old rabbits) and 6 months old (young rabbits) were used. The water content, the proteoglycan, the DNA content, and the mRNA levels of aggrecan, type I(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative infection associated with implants remains a serious complication in orthopedic surgery. Several biomaterial surface treatments have been proposed as a means of reducing the incidence of implant-associated infections. In this study, a clinical trial was performed using an iodine-supported titanium that suppresses the microbial(More)
BACKGROUND Total en bloc spondylectomy (TES) is a surgery designed to achieve complete resection of a malignant spinal tumor such as spinal metastasis. Although this procedure decreases the rate of local recurrence, it is questionable whether local control prolongs patient's survival. We developed a "second-generation TES" that brings about TES enhancing(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective was to characterize imaging findings of benign notochordal cell tumors (BNCTs). DESIGN AND PATIENTS Clinical and imaging data for 9 benign notochordal cell tumors in 7 patients were reviewed retrospectively. Conventional radiographs (n = 9), bone scintigrams (n = 2), computed tomographic images (n = 7), and magnetic resonance(More)
Tissue engineering and cell therapies are currently being leveraged to find improved treatment strategies in orthopaedics. Adipose stem cells have been considered for their potential to differentiate into different cell lineages. The potential of adipose stem cells to restore chondral, bone and tendon tissue has been demonstrated in vivo and in vitro(More)
Mycobacterium abscessus infections rarely develop in healthy individuals, and mostly they occur in immunocompromised hosts. Vertebral osteomyelitis due to Mycobacterium abscessus is very rare and only three previous cases of spinal infection caused by Mycobacterium abscessus have been reported. Mycobacterium abscessus isolates are uniformly resistant to(More)
BACKGROUND Total en bloc spondylectomy (TES) is associated with a high complication rate because it is technically demanding and involves patients compromised by cancer. Specifically, perioperative complications are more likely to occur in patients receiving preoperative irradiation. We examined the perioperative complications associated with TES in(More)
It is important to differentially diagnose thigh pain from lumbar spinal stenosis (particularly lumbar fourth nerve root radiculopathy) and osteoarthritis of the hip. In this study, using a treadmill and a motion analysis method, gait characteristics were compared between these conditions. Patients with lumbar fourth nerve root radiculopathy had increased(More)
Being an atomically thin material, graphene is known to be extremely susceptible to its environment, including defects and phonons in the substrate on which it is placed as well as gas molecules that surround it. Thus, any device design using graphene has to take into consideration all surrounding components, and device performance needs to be evaluated in(More)