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Several subvalvular procedures have been developed for relocating one or both displaced papillary muscles. We describe an original procedure--papillary muscle elevation--in which we relocated the posterior papillary muscle selectively, through a small inferior ventriculotomy, and reduced the coaptation depth from 5 mm to zero. Our procedure can be(More)
It is important to know the characteristics of migration pattern and vital rates of juveniles to understand the early life history and its effect on the population dynamics of fishes. The relationship between growth and migration pattern of juvenile temperate seabass Lateolabrax japonicus in the Yura River estuary was examined by combination of stable(More)
OBJECTIVE There are few data available on the effect of ultrasonic skeletonization with the harmonic scalpel on internal thoracic artery (ITA) and gastroepiploic artery (GEA) vessel function. METHODS Rings of segments of the skeletonized ITA, pedicled ITA, skeletonized GEA, and pedicled GEA were studied. Arterial segments were treated with high KCl and(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the mid-term changes of left ventricular (LV) geometry and function after Dor, septal anterior ventricular exclusion (SAVE), and Overlapping ventricular remodeling procedures. METHODS Forty-three patients who underwent LV reconstruction for end-stage ischemic heart disease, were divided into three(More)
We propose an image-based rendering method called"layered prob-ability mapping." The algorithm requires modest computer power, but produces high-quality output images even from textureless or noisy input images. Thus, real-time applications such as immersive teleconferencing and live broadcasting are promising areas of use. The key idea is layered(More)
BACKGROUND Procedures on the subvalvular apparatus are an etiology-based treatment for ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR). METHODS AND RESULTS Fifty-nine patients with IMR were divided into 3 groups: mitral annuloplasty (MAP) (M group, n=27), MAP+left ventricular reconstruction (LVR) (LV group, n=18), and MAP+LVR+subvalvular procedure (S group, n=14).(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of aortic valve replacement (AVR) with prosthesis-patient mismatch (PPM) on intermediate-term outcome and left ventricular mass (LVM) regression in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) was investigated. METHODS One hundred fifty patients with AS (87 pure stenosis and 63 combined stenosis and regurgitation) were classified into a PPM(More)
We report a case of an aortoenteric fistula (AEF) developing after endovascular stent grafting (EVSG) for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). A 69-year-old male patient with a history of panperitonitis caused by rectal perforation underwent EVSG for an AAA. A follow-up contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan, done 12 months after the EVSG, confirmed(More)
This report describes a rare case of aortopulmonary fistula in pseudoaneurysm of the left coronary ostial button. A 66-year-old woman suddenly developed congestive heart failure 3 years after aortic root replacement for acute type A aortic dissection. The diagnosis of aortopulmonary fistula was confirmed preoperatively by aortography, heart catheterization,(More)