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We report on a 45-year-old woman with intimal sarcoma of the pulmonary artery. She presented with a chief complaint of shortness of breath. Computed tomography (CT) of the chest showed an intraluminal hypoattenuated area extending from the main pulmonary artery into the right main pulmonary artery and bilateral lobar pulmonary arteries. She underwent… (More)
Aorto-esophageal fistula (AEF) is a rare complication of esophageal carcinoma. Left untreated, it may be lethal due to massive upper gastrointestinal bleeding, while open thoracic surgery is associated with high operative mortality and morbidity. In contrast, thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) for AEF is less invasive than open thoracic surgery.… (More)
BACKGROUND Many histologic classifications of thymic epithelial tumors have been reported to date, but to the authors' knowledge, none of them closely reflect the clinical behavior or prognosis of the tumor. Therefore, it is necessary to establish a biologic marker for thymic epithelial tumors. Variants of CD44 may be important in promoting tumor… (More)
Cardiac valve disease resulting from elastic tissue defects has been demonstrated in patients with beta-thalassemia; however, valve disorders of patients with alpha-thalassemia have been rarely discussed. We present the case of a patient with alpha-thalassemia and severe aortic regurgitation with left ventricular dysfunction. The patient underwent… (More)
We report a case of unstable angina pectoris and alcohol-related Child-Pugh class B cirrhosis. The patient was a 60-year-old man who was admitted to hospital with chest pain. He had previously been diagnosed to have Child B cirrhosis due to alcoholic liver dysfunction at 58 years of age. He also had experienced ruptured esophageal varices, moderate ascites,… (More)
A case of a large primary cardiac sarcoma on the left ventricular free wall is reported. Although the definitive diagnosis of this tumor was not made preoperatively, total excision was planned for rapid diagnosis and optimal procedure. However, the operation was discontinued due to intraoperative diagnosis of malignancy. As a result, the patient suffered… (More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated the feasibility of mitral valve (MV) repair in patients with active or healed infective endocarditis (IE) with mitral regurgitation and evaluated effects on left ventricular (LV) function and structure. METHODS Subjects comprised 19 patients who underwent MV operations for IE between December 2004 and September 2007. MV… (More)
Mitral valve repair is preferred to replacement in infective endocarditis, but in the active phase, it often requires extensive debridement of infected tissue and complex reconstruction. We investigated 22 consecutive native mitral valve operations during active-phase infective endocarditis. The time from initiation of medical treatment to operation was… (More)
The elephant trunk technique is a well-established procedure, but aortic wall injury or aneurysmal rupture may occur if the graft is forcibly pushed to insert it into the distal aorta. We have developed simple and safe insertion technique using a syringe.
Subepicardial aneurysm is a rare complication of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and is associated with the risk of spontaneous rupture. We present two patients with subepicardial aneurysms detected after 1 day and 6 weeks after AMI. Both lesions were successfully treated by patch repair.