Hiroyuki Masai

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A 75-year-old woman developed left ventricular apical ballooning, shortly after recovering from status epileptics. Plasma noradrenaline and adrenaline levels were 2.05 ng/ml and 0.48 ng/ml, respectively. Endomyocardial biopsy disclosed patchy areas of interstitial myocardial fibrosis, atrophy and vacuolization of cardiac myocytes, and some disappearance of(More)
PURPOSE To report a case of isolated internuclear ophthalmoplegia in a patient with neuro-Behçet's disease. METHOD We evaluated the patient's clinical course. RESULTS The patient had isolated internuclear ophthalmoplegia and headache. Subsequent cerebrospinal fluid study revealed marked pleocytosis predominated by lymphocytes (61%) and polymorphonuclear(More)
PURPOSE This study was carried out to examine the involvement of glutamate and nitric oxide neurotoxicity in ischemia/reperfusion-induced retinal injury in vivo. METHODS We monitored glutamate release from in vivo cat retina during and after pressure-induced ischemia using a microdialysis technique. Morphometric studies were performed to study the effects(More)
BACKGROUND Excessive oxidative stress is considered one of the mechanisms of a decrease in contractile force without concomitant reduction in oxygen cost in failing myocardium. We hypothesized that the antioxidant vitamin C may help reverse hyporesponsiveness to beta-adrenergic stimulation and improve myocardial efficiency in patients with heart failure(More)
BACKGROUND Serotonin (5HT) can induce coronary artery spasm (CAS) in patients with variant angina (VA). We have previously reported that 5HT(1B) and 5HT(2A) receptors gene were expressed in human coronary arterial smooth muscle cells and that isolated coronary artery from a patient with VA showed the supersensitivity to sumatriptan (SMT), a 5HT(1B/1D)(More)
This study was performed to examine the roles of body temperature, NMDA receptors and nitric oxide (NO) synthase in post-ischemic retinal injury in rats. Cell loss in the ganglion cell layer and thinning of the inner plexiform layer were observed 7 days after ischemia. Cell loss in the ganglion cell layer but not thinning of the inner plexiform layer was(More)
BACKGROUND No-reflow phenomenon is observed in approximately one-third of patients after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and is associated with poor functional and clinical outcomes. On the other hand, the formation of free radicals in vasculature exerts deleterious effects on coronary microcirculation. (More)
BACKGROUND The effects of the 3 classes of L-type calcium-channel blockers (CCBs) on vascular endothelial function have not been clarified in patients with coronary vasospasm. METHODS AND RESULTS Twenty-five normotensive patients (age 64.0+/-1.4 years) with coronary vasospasm were randomly treated for 3 months with benidipine, diltiazem, and verapamil,(More)
A 62-year-old male with emphysema developed recurrent episodes of transient left ventricular ballooning occurring in different regions. Left ventriculography revealed symmetric mid-ventricular ballooning when he was 60 years old, and he also developed mid-ventricular ballooning of larger extent at the age of 62 years. Furthermore, as he was treated for(More)
A 76-year-old man developed congestive heart failure due to severe mitral regurgitation after episodes of vasospastic angina. Echocardiography demonstrated left ventricular apical akinesis with ballooning and deformity of the anterior mitral leaflet becoming concave toward the left atrium. The acetylcholine provocation test induced diffuse coronary(More)