Hitomi Iwata

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a frequent complication after coronary artery bypass surgery. Postoperative AF can lead to thromboembolic events, prolonged hospital stay, and increased costs. Recent reports have shown that an elevated plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) level is associated with AF. The purpose of this prospective study was to test the(More)
 Various types of bioartificial livers (BALs), which are extracorporeal medical devices incorporating living hepatocytes in cartridges, have been developed. However, it is difficult to compare metabolic functions among BAL types or to know what proportion of the normal liver functions could be replaced by a BAL, because there is not a well-established(More)
 Renal failure increases the morbidity and mortality of patients undergoing cardiac surgery. To investigate the adequacy of perioperative management and intraoperative techniques for cardiac operations, we retrospectively analyzed data from 25 patients (4 women and 21 men, with a mean age of 57.4 ± 7.7 years) with chronic renal failure who underwent(More)
BACKGROUND We experienced a rare malposition of a pulmonary artery catheter due to kinking in a 63-year-old male who was scheduled for an off-pump coronary artery by-pass graft. FINDINGS Given the difficulty to obtain stable pulmonary artery waveform, we discovered that the two waveforms of the distal and proximal ports of the pulmonary artery catheter(More)
We experienced a case of pneumothorax in a patient with complete situs inversus. A 30-year-old man was scheduled for partial resection of the left lung under video assisted thoracic surgery. He had asymptomatic complete situs inversus. We advanced a bronchial blocker easily into the left (anatomically right) main bronchus under fiberoptic guidance. One lung(More)
We experienced anesthetic management of an infant girl with Cloverleaf syndrome complicated with prenatal diagnosis of craniosynostosis. She received posterior-cranioplasty and foramen magnum decompression at the age of 44 days, ventricuro-peritoneal shunting at 80 days and cranioplasty at 149 days all under general anesthesia without serious complications.(More)
To the Editor: Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) and eclampsia can develop into a severe complication during maternal period. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) appears in a patient with eclampsia, hypertensive encephalopathy, renal failure, and immuno-suppression [1, 2]. It is a neuroradiological diagnosis established by magnetic(More)
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