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BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake on laboratory findings in chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients in Fukushima. METHODS Changes in laboratory findings and cardiothoracic ratio (CTR) between before and after the earthquake were retrospectively analyzed in 90 adult HD patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE To elucidate the etiology of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) after radical prostatectomy, the present study investigated associations between postoperative urethral and vesical anatomic features on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and LUTS. PATIENTS AND METHODS Fifty consecutive patients undergoing radical prostatectomy also underwent(More)
Although open retropubic radical prostatectomy has been the most commonly used surgical technique for patients with localized prostate cancer for decades, robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) has recently become an alternative option and widely used in Japan as well as around the world. RARP has been shown to have higher postoperative continent rates(More)
Bypass pyeloplasty (BP) is a simple, non-dismembered procedure that is a side-to-side anastomosis without dividing the ureteropelvic junction (UPJ). BP has been considered more suitable especially for novice surgeons than dismembered pyeloplasty via the laparoscopic approach, but not reported. However, the disadvantage of laparoscopic BP is that it is(More)
We report a rare case of giant prostatic hyperplasia treated by open surgery. A 70-year-old man was suffering from macrohematuria. Computed tomography revealed a markedly enlarged prostate measuring 580 mL. The serum prostate-specific antigen level was 9.430 ng/mL. Prostatic biopsy showed benign prostatic hyperplasia. We perfomed retropubic open(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of pad use for postprostatectomy incontinence on urinary quality of life (QoL) after robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RARP) in the early postoperative period. METHODS Ninety patients underwent RARP simultaneously completed International Consultation on Incontinence(More)
OBJECTIVE To present a new grouping of male patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) based on symptom patterns and clarify whether the therapeutic effect of α1-blocker differs among the groups. METHODS We performed secondary analysis of anonymous data from 4815 patients enrolled in a postmarketing surveillance study of tamsulosin in Japan. Data(More)
Metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a tumor entity with poor prognosis due to limited therapy options. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) represent the standard of care for RCCs, however a significant proportion of RCC patients develop resistance to this therapy. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is considered to be associated with poor prognosis in RCCs. We(More)
PURPOSE We investigated the effect of pelvic arterial occlusive disease on the RhoA/Rho-kinase pathway in a rat model of chronic bladder ischemia. MATERIALS AND METHODS Male adult Sprague Dawley® rats at age 16 weeks were divided into arterial endothelial injury and control groups. The injury group underwent balloon endothelial injury of the bilateral(More)
Congenital partial absence of a fallopian tube has rarely been reported in the literature. A 29-year-old nulligravida woman presented with a two-year history of infertility. Hysterosalpingography revealed an obstructed left fallopian tube with a normal uterine cavity and right fallopian tube. After several AIH treatments, diagnostic laparoscopy was(More)