Kousei Taguchi

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OBJECTIVE Widespread clinical use of helical computed tomography has improved the detection rate for small peripheral pulmonary nodules. As a result, use of thoracoscopic surgery to confirm the diagnosis of small peripheral pulmonary nodules has become more important than ever before. However, if small peripheral pulmonary nodules are too small or located(More)
OBJECTIVE The detection rate of sentinel lymph nodes in patients with non-small cell lung cancer using isosulfan blue dye is too low for clinical use. Although exposure to radioactivity is reportedly minimal, special procedures are nonetheless required when a radioactive isotope is used as a tracer. Therefore, to eliminate the need for a radioactive tracer(More)
Purpose. Tissue factor (TF), an initiator of the extrinsic coagulation cascade, is also expressed in a wide range of cancer cells and plays an important role in cancer progression and metastasis, as well as in processes independent of the blood coagulation pathway. For example, by acting as an adhesion molecule enabling tissue invasion, TF may play a key(More)
BACKGROUND The invasiveness of tumor cells depends in large part on their motility, which in turn depends on cytoskeletal function. A major cytoskeletal component involved in cell motility is myosin II, the classical form of myosin first identified in muscle but also expressed in nonmuscle cells. Myosin II is activated by myosin light chain kinase (MLCK),(More)
This study investigates whether the pressure parameters obtained from the Swan-Ganz catheter (SGC) accurately reflect the circulating blood volume just after en bloc resection of the thoracic esophagus with regional lymph node dissection. It is well known that this operation induces severe hemodynamic changes and although the pressure parameters obtained(More)
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