Masahiro Kamada

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This study was designed to explore whether it was possible to evaluate the severity of VSD, PDA, and ASD by measuring brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels. We also investigated normal BNP levels in children to provide a baseline for our study. We measured BNP levels in 253 normal children, including 11 normal neonates, and in 91 VSD patients, 29 PDA(More)
Cantu syndrome is an autosomal dominant overgrowth syndrome associated with facial dysmorphism, congenital hypertrichosis, and cardiomegaly. Some affected individuals show bone undermodeling of variable severity. Recent investigations revealed that the disorder is caused by a mutation in ABCC9, encoding a regulatory SUR2 subunit of an ATP-sensitive(More)
We describe two new cases of pure 1q terminal deletions. BAC FISH analysis precisely defined the size of deletions. The first is a girl with 10.3-Mb deletion showed typical features of 1q43 deletion as well as a simplified gyral pattern, which was rarely found in 1q43 deletion. The other boy also presented with most of 1q43 deletion features but several(More)
Percutaneous closure of atrial septal defects using an Amplatzer Septal Occluder (ASO) has recently become the procedure of first choice. However, when ASO deployment is difficult, procedures may be prolonged and complications may occur. We investigated a method for identifying cases in which ASO deployment would be difficult. After retrospectively(More)
In terms of frequency and prognosis, discussions of the complications of Kawasaki disease have focused on coronary artery aneurysms and stenosis. However, as revealed by autopsy findings, medium and small muscular arteries in various organs could be injured in patients with Kawasaki disease, leading to the development of a variety of complications. Accurate(More)
We present the case of 52-day-old girl with a common atrioventricular canal. Severe liver dysfunction persisted following complete repair of the cardiac defect. A patent ductus venosus appeared to be the source of the hemodynamic disturbance responsible for hepatic dysfunction. Given her critical condition, coil embolization of the ductus venosus was(More)
BACKGROUND Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is an important finding in hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). The aim of the present study was to investigate changes in the degree of TR after the preoperative management of HLHS with mechanical ventilation, and whether the improvement of TR under preoperative management would affect the short-term prognosis of(More)
A 29-year-old woman who underwent the Fontan procedure at 10 years of age had an incidental finding of liver masses on abdominal ultrasonography. Subsequent gadolinium ethoxybenzyl diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid magnetic resonance imaging showed a 15 mm hypervascular mass with washout in the hepatobiliary phase in liver segment 4 (S4), and an 18 mm(More)
Kawasaki disease, a systemic vasculitis of unknown etiology, develops frequently in infants and demonstrates a variety of clinical symptoms during the disease course. The most important complication, coronary artery lesions, is found in 15-25% of untreated patients. Meanwhile, acute myocarditis, another complication that can occur during the acute phase of(More)