Ryuji Shichinohe

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Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a neutrophilic dermatosis characterized by destructive, necrotizing and noninfective ulceration of the skin mostly on lower extremities. PG is well known as a complication of Takayasu's arteritis in Japan. However, this association is not commonly observed in North American and European patients. We describe a case of PG that(More)
Oral lichen planus (LP) is a severe, painful form of LP, and is often resistant to topical corticosteroid therapy. Recently, open trials demonstrated that topical tacrolimus therapy was effective for the treatment of chronic erosive oral LP. We report two cases with severe recalcitrant erosive oral LP, who dramatically benefited from topical tacrolimus(More)
Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) is a rare high-grade soft tissue sarcoma. The epithelioid variant accounts for 5% or less of MPNSTs; the clinical behavior of this variant is unclear. Reports of approximately 40 cases are available in the English literature; however, most reports addressed clinicopathological features rather than therapeutic(More)
BACKGROUND The use of an interpositional nerve graft (IPNG) between the facial and hypoglossal nerves for incomplete facial palsy has recently been reported. However, its mechanism has not been elucidated. We established a rat model of IPNG to study incomplete facial palsy and confirmed the direction of innervation through the grafted nerve with or without(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Various techniques have been introduced for reconstruction of the facial nerve. An improved method of neurorrhaphy to achieve satisfactory mimetic muscle function is required. We made and compared three different neurorrhaphy models to elucidate the effect of neural window size and condition of the neurorrhaphy site on axonal(More)
The cheek region is the most common site for malignant tumor occurrence and the treatment of malignant skin tumor requires extensive local excision. Many previous reports have covered methods of reconstruction using local flaps for skin defects in the cheek region.In this article, we describe our experience with a surgical reconstruction using a new flap(More)
Full-thickness defects of the entire nasal ala, including the rim, can be challenging to reconstruct. A forehead flap may provide a more imperceptible and natural-appearing reconstructed nasal ala. Previously, many authors have insisted adding cartilaginous infrastructural support for an entire, full-thickness defect to keep the postoperative alar structure(More)
Various techniques have been described for unilateral cleft lip repair. These may be broadly classified into three types of procedure/concept: the straight-line method (SL; Rose-Thompson effect); rotation-advancement (RA; upper-lip Z-plasty); and the triangular flap method (TA; lower-lip Z-plasty). Based on these procedures, cleft lip repair has evolved in(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Neuregulin-1 is an essential axoglial signal required for peripheral nerve development, and evidence that neuregulin-1 is also required for effective nerve repair is growing. In this study, the effects of neuregulin-1-impregnated gelatin hydrogels on nerve regeneration and functional recovery after anastomosis of the facial nerve were(More)