Munetaka Masuda

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CONTEXT The prognostic value of the sixth edition AJCC/UICC TNM classification is currently unclear. OBJECTIVE The aim was to evaluate the prognostic value of the sixth edition. DESIGN AND PATIENTS We retrospectively assessed 354 primary differentiated thyroid carcinomas (77 men and 277 women; age, 51.2 yr; follow-up, 107.6 months) between 1964 and(More)
We have recently demonstrated that fasudil, a Rho-kinase inhibitor, is effective in suppressing coronary artery spasm in patients with vasospastic angina. Thus, blockade of Rho-kinase may provide a novel therapeutic strategy to treat ischemic coronary syndrome caused by the spasm. Severe coronary artery spasm still remains a life-threatening serious(More)
The present study investigated expression profiles of the potential CSC markers including CD133, CD44, ALDH1, and β-catenin, and evaluated their prognostic value in lung adenocarcinomas. One-hundred-and-seventy-seven tumors (stage I) were immunohistochemically examined for the expression of these markers, and thresholds to subdivide expression levels were(More)
The Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery has conducted annual surveys of thoracic surgery throughout Japan since 1986 to determine the statistics regarding the number of procedures according to operative category. Here, we have summarized the results from our annual survey of thoracic surgery performed during 2013. The incidence of hospital mortality(More)
The Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery has conducted annual surveys of thoracic surgery throughout Japan since 1987 to determine the statistics regarding the number of procedures according to operative category. Here, we have summarized the results from our annual survey of thoracic surgery performed during 2012. The incidence of hospital mortality(More)
BACKGROUND Aortic aneurysm is a common but life-threatening disease among the elderly, for which no effective medical therapy is currently available. Activation of prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) is known to increase the expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) and the release of inflammatory cytokines, and may thus exacerbate abdominal aortic aneurysm(More)
BACKGROUND In the Fontan procedures total cavopulmonary connection with an extracardiac conduit is a concern. The potential benefits of an extracardiac conduit may be the avoidance of postoperative supraventricular arrhythmias over the long-term, hemodynamic benefits due to laminar flow, possibility of completion without anoxic arrest, and applicability to(More)
AIM Obesity and visceral obesity are closely related to the development of colorectal cancer, as well as other metabolic complications. We investigated the prognostic significance of body mass index (BMI) and visceral obesity in 273 patients with resectable colorectal cancer. METHODS Visceral fat area (VFA) and subcutaneous fat area were measured on(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The clinical implications of peritoneal lavage cytology (CY) status in the patients who received curative resection and adjuvant chemotherapy have not been established. METHODOLOGY We retrospectively analyzed clinical data from 143 consecutive patients who underwent macroscopically curative resection and received adjuvant gemcitabine or(More)
A number of studies have evaluated the effects of subcutaneous drainage during digestive surgery. All of the previous studies assessed the usefulness of active-suctioning drain, including two randomized controlled studies which found no benefit for the placement of active-suctioning drains in digestive surgery. The utility of passive drainage has not been(More)