Makoto Kondo

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OBJECTIVES We sought to assess the clinical features of transient left ventricular (LV) apical ballooning. BACKGROUND Although several cases regarding transient LV apical ballooning have been reported, the etiology remains unknown. METHODS We investigated 17 patients (14 women, median age 74 years old with a range of 54 to 91 years old) who fulfilled(More)
A method for taking an axial radiograph of the distal femur was developed to see the epicondyles and posterior condyles of the femur. It was hypothesized that these radiographs would be acceptable for evaluating rotational alignment in total knee arthroplasty with comparable reproducibility and good correlation to the results obtained with computed(More)
Environmental enrichment causes a variety of effects on brain structure and function. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays an important role in enrichment-induced neuronal changes; however, the precise mechanism underlying these effects remains uncertain. In this study, a specific upregulation of kinesin superfamily motor protein 1A (KIF1A) was(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The use of esophageal endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) to remove superficial esophageal neoplasms is gradually becoming more common in Japan. However, large-scale esophageal ESD often requires subsequent multiple balloon dilations to prevent postoperative esophageal stricture. We investigated the safety and efficacy of endoscopic(More)
Metal sensitivity (MS) reactions to implant metals represent a rare but well-documented complication following total joint arthroplasty (TJA). Although 20-25% of post-TJA patients develop MS, only a few highly susceptible patients (< 1%) exhibit symptoms. Whether surgeons should perform screening for MS is currently a matter of debate. The present study(More)
Patella baja developed in seven knees in five patients after posterior stabilized total knee arthroplasties when the patella became impinged against the tibial component. Patellar replacement was performed in four knees, and all patients were able to achieve deep flexion postoperatively. The mean followup was 50 months (range, 24-73 months) for these(More)
This article explores direct touch and manipulation techniques for surface computing environments using a specialized haptic force feedback stylus, called ImpAct, which can dynamically change its effective length and equipped with sensors to calculate its orientation in world coordinates. When a user pushes it against a touch screen, the physical stylus(More)
BACKGROUND Anomalous origin of coronary artery (AOCA) has been described by coronary angiography or autopsy. However the actual prevalence of such abnormalities is unknown. Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) offers the possibility to visualize AOCA non-invasively. The purpose of this study was to report the prevalence AOCA by MDCT. METHODS AND(More)
BACKGROUND Hypoxia and decreased blood supply have been proposed as risks for tendon rupture. Visualization of the vascularity of intact and torn rotator cuffs would be useful for improving treatments for rotator cuff tear. PURPOSE To assess vascularity inside a tendon or an adjacent rotator cuff insertion point in patients differing in age and extent of(More)
The endoglucanase Cel5A from an anaerobic celluloltyic bacterium, Clostridium josui, contains family 17 CBM (CjCBM17) and family 28 CBM (CjCBM28) in tandem. Individual CjCBM17 and CjCBM28 and tandem CjCBM17/28 were constructed to determine the binding characteristics of CjCBM17/28 and to compare the binding affinity of the three CBMs. CjCBM17/28 bound to(More)