Katsumi Kagotani

Learn More
Among 137 thymectomized patients with nonthymomatous myasthenia gravis (MG), six were reoperations. Thymectomy had initially been performed by the transcervical approach, but was ineffective. Extended thymectomy was then performed by median sternotomy. The reoperations revealed residual thymus (average weight, 19 gm) in all cases. Postoperative courses were(More)
Sixty-five patients with thymomatous myasthenia gravis were investigated. Thymomas were present in 44% of the male patients and 19% of the female patients with myasthenia gravis. The incidence of thymomatous disease in male patients was higher than in female patients in all age groups. Eighty percent of men more than 50 years old and women more than 60(More)
A 60-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital in June 1985, complaining of fever, cough and right lower chest pain, with a five-year history of asymptomatic primary biliary cirrhosis. Chest X-ray on admission showed an infiltrative shadow in the right lower lung field. She was first treated with various antibiotics unsuccessfully. Hemoptysis continued.(More)
Twenty-four patients with myasthenia gravis of Osserman's generalized type underwent extended thymectomy through a sternal-splitting approach. Their clinical responses to thymectomy and postoperative changes in anti-acetylcholine receptor antibody titers were evaluated. The follow-up time ranged from 1 month to 7 years and 7 months (average, 36 months). Six(More)
In 80 patients with type II nonthymomatous myasthenia gravis who underwent extended thymectomy, we investigated preoperative duration of symptoms, prognosis after thymectomy, immunological findings, and germinal center formation in the thymus. Our findings included the following. First, the palliation rate after thymectomy ranged from 73 to 100% and was(More)