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BACKGROUND Atherosclerotic abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a progressive, gradual aortic rupture that results in death in the absence of surgical intervention. Key factors that regulate initiation and progression of AAA are unknown, making targeted interventions difficult. MicroRNAs play a fundamental role in atherosclerosis, and atherosclerotic coronary(More)
OBJECTIVES Conventional total aortic arch repair is a high-risk procedure, particularly for high-risk patients. Although endovascular treatment of aortic arch aneurysm is a recently induced procedure, only a few cases are indicated and outcomes are questionable. Here, we report on the early and short-term results of our surgical procedure, i.e. hybrid arch(More)
A case of cloverleaf skull (CLS) syndrome with Chiari malformation was reported. The patient developed congenital hydrocephalus, upper airway obstruction and breath holding spells. Ventriculo-peritoneal shunt improved the hydrocephalus, but the patient progressively developed apneic episodes in spite of intubation. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)(More)
We compared early and delayed Tc-99m ECD SPECT scans in 32 SLE patients (Group 1, definite neuropsychiatric disorders; Group 2, minor neurologic symptoms or normal) with those of normal controls by visual inspection and semi-quantitative evaluation. With visual interpretation, 13 out of 14 patients in Group 1 (93%) and 7 out of 18 patients in Group 2 (39%)(More)
OBJECTIVES The repair of extensive thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs) is invasive and carries a high risk for spinal cord injury (SCI). The aim of this study was to assess the early results and collateral circulation to the spinal cord after hybrid repair for Crawford extent II aortic aneurysms. METHODS Between 1997 and 2013, we performed 128(More)
Moyamoya disease (MMD) is a rare disease characterized by occlusive intracranial arteriopathy with formation of abnormal cerebrovascular collateral networks. Conventional cardiovascular surgical procedures using cardiopulmonary bypass for patients with MMD is challenging because low cerebral perfusion pressure and nonpulsatile (continuous) flow during(More)
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