Koichi Iwasaki

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OBJECTIVE To provide the characteristics and long-term surgical results of patients who present with cerebellopontine angle epidermoids and trigeminal neuralgia (TN) or hemifacial spasm. METHODS A total of 30 patients (23 women, 7 men) who presented with cerebellopontine angle epidermoids and TN (28 patients) or hemifacial spasm (2 patients) between 1982(More)
We hypothesized that the immunological reaction against extravasated blood might play a role in the development of vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Under the hypothesis, we had reported significant therapeutic efficacy of cyclosporin A on vasospasm in canine models. We here investigated the efficacy of a new, potent immunosuppressant, FK-506, on(More)
In the current study, the effectiveness of slightly acidic electrolyzed water (SAEW) on an in vitro inactivation of Escherichia coli (E. coli), Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Salmonella spp. was evaluated and compared with other sanitizers. SAEW (pH 5.6, 23mg/l available chlorine concentration; ACC; and 940mV oxidation reduction potential; ORP) was(More)
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE Mobile schwannomas have been reported in the lumbar spine and occasionally in the thoracic spine. However, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first known report of a cervical mobile schwannoma. Mobile schwannomas require careful preoperative and intraoperative evaluation of their localization because tumor mobility may(More)
Cervical osteoplastic laminectomy using ceramic or apatite beads as implants was performed in 31 patients with symptomatic cervical bony canal stenosis. Patients with degenerative changes such as osteochondrosis or disc herniation are included in this study but those with spinal cord tumor, arachnoid cyst or ossification of the posterior longitudinal(More)
Department of Neurosurgery, Tazuke Kofukai Medical Research Institute and Kitano Hospital, 2-4-20 Ohgimachi, Kita, Osaka 530-8480, Japan Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, 54 Kawahara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8507, Japan Department of Pathology, Tazuke Kofukai Medical Research Institute and Kitano Hospital,(More)
An intramedullary spinal cord abscess, which is usually associated with discitis, is an uncommon but potentially important complication of vertebral osteomyelitis. The authors describe a rare case of an intramedullary conus medullaris abscess and lumbar osteomyelitis sparing the intervertebral discs and without discitis. The patient also developed a(More)
A 45-year-old woman presented with a rare case of small isolated Onodi cell mucocele manifesting as unilateral chronic optic neuropathy. The patient complained of gradual visual disturbance of her left eye with no other neurological abnormalities. Neuroimaging examinations showed a small cystic lesion located in the left posterior ethmoid extending into the(More)
<i>Objective</i>:Non-traumatic spinal epidural hematoma(SEH)is relatively rare. We report five cases of SEH, review the relevant literature, and discuss the current treatment strategies for non-traumatic SEH in Japan. <i>Methods</i>:Clinical data of cases with non-traumatic SEH treated at our institute from 2008 to 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. In(More)
Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) is a treatable cause of dementia, gait disturbance, and urinary incontinence in elderly patients with ventriculomegaly. Its unique morphological feature, called disproportionately enlarged subarachnoid-space hydrocephalus (DESH), may also be a diagnostic feature. Lipocalin-type prostaglandin D synthase(More)