Mako Okabe

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It is well known that brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is elevated in the acute phase of Kawasaki disease (KD). We hypothesized that mitral annular plane systolic excursion (MAPSE) could identify LV dysfunction in the acute phase of KD. Fifty patients with KD were enrolled in this study. BNP sampling and an echocardiographic study were performed just before(More)
Aim of our study was to evaluate right ventricular (RV) systolic function in neonate using newly developed single-beat three-dimensional echocardiography (sb3DE). We enrolled 15 healthy or premature neonates (0–53 days after birth). We scanned one beat full volume using Siemens ACUSON SC2000 (Siemens AG) echocardiography with 4Z1c full-volume transducer(More)
We report the first surviving case of neonatal hemochromatosis with renal tubular dysgenesis. Renal failure was treated with peritoneal dialysis. Although hepatic failure from neonatal hemochromatosis was progressive, repeated exchange transfusions improved jaundice and coagulopathy. The patient gained weight and received a liver transplantation from her(More)
BACKGROUND The natural history of left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) is largely unsolved, so the aim of the present study was to clarify the clinical features and long-term prognosis of children with LVNC until adulthood.Methods and Results:We conducted a nationwide survey over 20 years and compared the clinical features, anatomical characteristics and(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) has since been classified as a primary genetic cardiomyopathy, but the genetic basis is not fully evaluated. The aim of the present study was to identify the genetic spectrum using next-generation sequencing and to evaluate genotype-phenotype correlations in LVNC patients. METHODS AND RESULTS Using(More)
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