Norikazu Urabe

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BACKGROUND Anatomical variations of the pulmonary vessels relevant to pulmonary surgery are of concern to thoracic surgeons. Among such variations, the right upper lobe vein posterior to the bronchus intermedius (UVPBI) has received little attention thus far. METHODS Chest computed tomographic images and medical records of 725 patients were(More)
OBJECTIVES Secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (SSP) is more common in elderly patients; it has high rates of recurrence and mortality, even if surgery is performed. There has been little study on the surgical treatment of SSP. Therefore, we analysed the outcomes of surgical treatment of SSP patients, and investigated the risk factors of recurrence and(More)
The release of prostaglandin I2 (PGI2) from the vasculature is thought to reflect damage to the vessels. Basal and bradykinin (BK)-stimulated release of PGI2 from isolated dog lungs after 6-hr preservation were investigated to evaluate lung damage after preservation. Maximal PGI2 release induced by BK decreased significantly after preservation at 24 degrees(More)
Cytotoxic activity against donor skin fibroblasts in peripheral blood mononuclear cells was evaluated by using 10 mongrel dogs with left lung allografts and the results obtained herein were as follows. 1) Culture of skin fibroblasts primarily separated with collagenase and disperse was feasible to grow monolayers within several days to 1 weeks. Four hour(More)
PURPOSE With secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (SSP) associated with emphysema, lesions responsible for pneumothorax can be located anywhere along the lung surface. Among such lesions, ruptured bullae at the azygoesophageal recess (AER) have received little attention thus far. METHODS We conducted a retrospective study of 38 right SSP patients with(More)
We present a primary spontaneous pneumothorax involving a possible diagnostic and surgical pitfall. A 25-year-old man with a previously identified azygos lobe was admitted to our hospital because of right primary spontaneous pneumothorax. A preoperative chest X-ray at the onset of the pneumothorax as well as after resolution by tube drainage showed an(More)
A case of 51-year-old woman, she was suffered from primary parotic cancer and the right parotic gland was resected in 1980, and pulmonary metastatic nodule was also operated in 1982. She was admitted in our institute with complaint of bloody sputum and cough in 1989, and diagnosed as pulmonary and splenic metastasis of parotic cancer. Two courses of(More)
Nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease rarely features pleural involvement. Therapeutic strategies for this situation have not been well established. We present a case of acute empyema with intractable pneumothorax associated with ruptured lung abscess caused by Mycobacterium avium in an immunocompromised patient. Combined treatment that included(More)
The influence of thoracotomy on respiratory function was examined in 49 patients: 22 with intercostal thoracotomy without lung resection (ICT), 11 with partial lung resection (PLR) and 16 with median sternotomy (MST). Respiratory function (FVC, FEV1.0 and FEV1.0%) was measured preoperatively, in the early stage (14 days) and in the stable stage (after 3(More)
The immunosuppressive effect of FK506 (FK) in comparison to cyclosporine A (CsA) on lung graft rejection was demonstrated using 24 mongrel dogs with left lung allotransplanatation. The cytotoxic activity of peripheral blood mononuclear cells was evaluated using donor skin fibroblasts. In eight dogs not given immunosuppression, the grafted lungs lost(More)