Katsumi Sasaki

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PURPOSE We investigated the effects of intrathecal application of nerve growth factor (NGF) antibodies (Ab) on bladder hyperreflexia in chronic spinalized rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS In adult female rats an intrathecal catheter was implanted at the level of the L6 to S1 spinal cord, followed by complete transection of the Th8 to 9 spinal cord. At 10 days(More)
PURPOSE We investigated the effects of intrathecal application of nerve growth factor (NGF) antibodies (NGF-Abs) and desensitization of C-fiber afferent pathways by capsaicin treatment on detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia (DSD) after spinal cord injury (SCI). MATERIALS AND METHODS In adult female rats SCI was induced by complete transection of the spinal(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate differences in the degrees of contrast enhancement effects of small hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) in patients with cirrhosis between helical computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging during multiphasic contrast-enhanced dynamic imaging and to determine the diagnostic value of MR imaging(More)
The incidence of DM is rapidly growing among Americans. DM will rival cancer and heart disease in terms of cost and suffering. The National Institute of Health is tripling the research dollars that are spent on diabetic-related research in an attempt to combat this disease. Urologists are on the front line in the diagnosis and treatment of the complications(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the additive value of breath-hold, multisection fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery (FLAIR) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using half-Fourier acquisition single-shot turbo-spin-echo (HASTE) sequence as supplements to moderately and heavily T2-weighted fast-spin-echo (FSE) sequences in differentiating hepatic cyst from hemangioma. (More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy and safety of propiverine hydrochloride (antimuscarinic), naftopidil (alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist) or both in patients with male lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) suggestive of benign prostatic hyperplasia and concomitant overactive bladder (OAB). MATERIAL AND METHODS Men aged at least 50 years who had a total(More)
Diabetic cystopathy is one of the common complications of diabetes and current therapy is limited. In the present study, the effects of gene therapy, using replication-defective herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) vectors to deliver and express the nerve growth factor (NGF) gene (HSV-NGF) on tissue NGF levels and bladder function, were evaluated in(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the value of multiarterial phase contrast-enhanced dynamic MRI of the whole liver obtained during a single breath-hold for small early enhancing hepatic lesions in patients with cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis, emphasizing the distinction between hypervascular hepatocellular carcinomas and pseudolesions. (More)
PURPOSE It has been proposed that a deficiency in the axonal transport of nerve growth factor (NGF) may have an important role in inducing diabetic neuropathy, which contributes to diabetic cystopathy. Therefore, in streptozotocin (Sigma Chemical Co., St. Louis, Missouri) induced diabetic rats we investigated the relationship of bladder function with NGF(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the diagnostic capability of breath-hold, multisection fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery (FLAIR) imaging using a half-Fourier acquisition single-shot turbo spin-echo (HASTE) sequence in combination with T2-weighted fast spin-echo (FSE) magnetic resonance (MR) sequences for small hepatic lesions found on CT in patients with malignancy.(More)