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Recent studies suggest that dipyridamole (DP) may exert stroke protective effects beyond platelet inhibition. The purpose of this study is to determine whether statin and DP could enhance stroke protection through nitric oxide (NO)-dependent vascular effects. Mice were pretreated with DP (10 to 60 mg/kg, q 12 h, 3 days) alone or in combination with a statin(More)
An adult with ulcerative colitis and diabetes presented with a painful, swollen, edematous left foot. Diagnostic images and laboratory tests were inconclusive. Antibiotics were started immediately but aggravated his symptoms, and the laboratory results worsened. His foot was debrided twice per protocol for treating diabetic foot ulcers or cellulitis. After(More)
BACKGROUND Prior to 1994, plantar fascia ruptures were considered as an acute injury that occurred primarily in athletes. However, plantar fascia ruptures have recently been reported in the setting of preexisting plantar fasciitis. We analyzed risk factors causing plantar fascia rupture in the presence of preexisting plantar fasciitis. METHODS We(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to investigate the correlations between spur severity, clinical characteristics, and articular cartilage lesions in patients with anterior bony impingement. METHODS The study included 57 ankles in 57 patients (48 male and 9 female patients; age range, 15 to 59 years) who had undergone a spur resection for anterior(More)
The objective of this study is to investigate heating performance characteristics of a coolant source heat pump using the wasted heat from electric devices for an electric bus. The heat pump, using R-134a, is designed for heating a passengers' compartment by using discharged energy from the coolant of electric devices, such as motors and inverters of the(More)
BACKGROUND Supramlleolar osteotomy has been recommended to correct varus deformity of the tibial plafond, however we have seen only a few ankles with significant deviation of alignment in early stage osteoarthritis, in which realignment treatments might be necessary to modify the course of the disease. Our hypothesis was that there are diverse radiographic(More)
BACKGROUND Transarticular lateral release through a medial incision can avoid a dorsal incision. This study investigated outcomes following hallux valgus correction using transarticular lateral release, distal chevron metatarsal osteotomy and Akin phalangeal osteotomy through one medial incision. METHODS Between June 2004 and May 2009, a single surgeon(More)
A completely extruded talus without any remaining soft tissue attachments is extremely rare. The present report describes treatment of a 45-year-old man who sustained a completely extruded talus injury following a rock-climbing fall. Upon admission, the extruded talus was deep-frozen in our bone bank. The open ankle joint underwent massive wound debridement(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment for septic arthritis of the sternoclavicular (SC) joint with concomitant osteomyelitis of the clavicle often requires joint resection rather than simple incision and drainage. We evaluated the effectiveness of resection arthroplasty for patients with septic arthritis of the SC joint. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 10 patients who(More)