Hiroomi Okuyama

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We recently introduced the laparoscopic percutaneous extraperitoneal closure (LPEC) method for the treatment of girls with inguinal hernia. Using the LPEC method, 129 girls underwent laparoscopic herniorrhaphy. A 5 mm laparoscope was inserted via the umbilicus. A 3 mm “snake retractor” was advanced through the lateral abdominal wall to measure the length of(More)
Rikkunshito (TJ-43), a herbal medicine consisting of eight herbs, is used to treat chronic dyspepsia. Studies have shown that TJ-43 improves human gastric emptying. This study investigated the effects of TJ-43 on the clinical symptoms and esophageal acid exposure in children with symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux (GER). Eight children, aged from 2 months(More)
INTRODUCTION Laparoscopic procedures for inguinal hernias and hydroceles in children have become widespread in the past few decades. The purpose of this study was to perform a retrospective analysis of our experience in order to assess the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic percutaneous extraperitoneal closure (LPEC) and to compare the findings with those(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Thoracoscopic repair has recently been attempted in newborns with esophageal atresia (EA), but it remains unclear whether thoracoscopic dissection reduces pathological gastroesophageal reflux. We investigated the influence of a thoracoscopic approach on esophageal motor function in patients with EA. METHODS Clinical and gastrointestinal(More)
The authors compared the clinical outcome between laparoscopically assisted endorectal pull-through (EPT) with an extraanal approach (EA) and conventional abdominal approach (AB) in Hirschsprung’s disease (HD), and found that the former approach was less invasive and can provide a better clinical outcome. Recently, they introduced transanal approach (TA)(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The outcome of antenatally diagnosed congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) has remained poor despite aggressive therapeutic strategies. Since 1996, the authors have used a new approach including early surgery and inhaled nitric oxide (iNO). The aim of this study is to determine whether early surgery in combination with iNO improves the(More)
In this study, we attempted to define the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) motor events associated with the occurrence of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) in neurologically impaired children in whom of GER disease recurred after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (LNF). Of 45 neurologically impaired children who had previously undergone LNF, six children in(More)
PURPOSE The prognosis of antenatally diagnosed congenital diaphragmatic hernia (ADCDH) is still very poor despite of innovation of various therapeutics. The authors reviewed their new therapeutic strategy of ADCDH from a viewpoint of cardiologic function. METHODS The cardiac function in 19 cases of ADCDH was reviewed. The patients, at the age of 0 days,(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The objective of this study is to investigate the characteristics of esophageal motor activity responsible for the development of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) in patients with esophageal atresia (EA). METHODS The subjects consisted of 29 patients with EA (1 month to 19 years). Computerized esophageal manometry was conducted to(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The high incidence of bacterial translocation in newborns is thought to be caused, in part, by the immaturity of the intestinal mucosal barrier. Recently, intestinal mucus phospholipids (PL) have been reported to be important factors in the function of this mucosal barrier. The aim of this study was to quantify changes, with age, in the(More)