Hiroshi Nimura

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BACKGROUND To avoid unnecessary lymphadenectomy in patients with cancer accurate diagnosis of the sentinel lymph node (SLN) is important. METHODS This report examined the initial clinical use of infrared ray electronic endoscopy (IREE) combined with indocyanine green (ICG) injection for SLN detection in 84 patients with gastric cancer not invading the(More)
We attempted to evaluate the history of sentinel node navigation surgery (SNNS), technical aspects, tracers, and clinical applications of SNNS using Infrared Ray Electronic Endoscopes (IREE) combined with Indocyanine Green (ICG). The sentinel lymph node (SLN) is defined as a first lymph node (LN) which receives cancer cells from a primary tumor. Reports on(More)
The clinical application of sentinel node navigation surgery (SNNS) for patients with gastric cancer requires accurate intraoperative diagnosis of lymph node metastasis. However, the clinical significance of the diagnosis of lymph node micrometastasis for gastric cancer has not been established. In this study, we evaluated lymph nodes dissected during SNNS(More)
The present study examined the clinical validity of modified gastrectomy for early gastric cancer, in terms of the results of sentinel node navigation surgery (SNNS), using infrared ray electronic endoscopy (IREE) plus indocyanine green (ICG) staining. One-hundred and sixty-one patients with fT1N0 gastric cancer were enrolled in the study. ICG (0.5 ml, 5(More)
The angiogenic factor called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-D is a ligand for VEGF receptor-2 (VEGFR-2/KDR) and receptor-3 (VEGFR-3/Flt-4). It is implicated in the development of lymphatic vessels and promotion of lymphatic metastasis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prognostic significance of VEGF-D expression in patients with(More)
AIM This study compares lymphatic mapping in early gastric cancer with ICG and infrared ray electronic endoscopy (IREE) to ICG alone. It examines the optimal method for intra-operative detection of metastases and shows long term follow up results. METHODS 212 patients underwent the SN procedure with IREE and peritumoural ICG injection. Evaluated(More)
Both vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C and (VEGF)-D are ligands of VEGF receptor (VEGFR)-3 (Flt-4) and VEGFR-2 (KDR/FLK-1) and are supposed to participate in lymphangiogenesis. The purpose of this study was to clarify the clinical significance of the expression of these factors and to evaluate their relationship with prognosis in patients with(More)
Prospective multicenter trials have shown the feasibility of sentinel node (SN) navigation surgery using a dual tracer of dye and radioisotope for early gastric cancer. However, comparable trials using the indocyanine green (ICG) and the infrared ray laparoscopic system (IRLS) have not been reported. On the basis of our cohort studies, we assumed that the(More)
A 57-year-old man with gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) of the stomach with peritoneal dissemination underwent gastrectomy. After surgery, he was treated with 400 mg/day of imatinib, without recurrence, for 26 months. At 26 months, the imatinib dose was reduced because of nausea, and 4 months after the dose reduction, recurrence of GIST was detected,(More)
Accurate prediction of lymph node (LN) status is crucially important for appropriate treatment planning in patients with early gastric cancer (EGC). However, consensus on patient and tumor characteristics associated with LN metastasis are yet to be reached. Through systematic search, we identified several independent variables associated with LN metastasis(More)