Satoru Sasaki

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Our modification of the Nuss procedure includes insertion of both the introducer and the thoracoscope through the same skin incision, which enables continuous visualisation of the tip of the introducer during blunt dissection across the mediastinum. From January 2001 to January 2005 we studied 32 consecutive patients whose ages ranged from 3 to 30 years.(More)
BACKGROUND Sclerosants are used to treat vascular malformations. Owing to variations in the flow, the injected concentrations and the duration of exposure of these sclerosants are altered. Therefore, the clinical effectiveness of sclerotherapy is variable. OBJECTIVE The objective was to evaluate the differences in clinical response, usually observed among(More)
Competitive inhibitors of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase (the statins) that inhibit the synthesis of mevalonic acid are in wide use for treatment of hypercholesterolemia. Although antitumor effects on a variety of cell types have been reported for statins, the effect of simvastatin (one of the statins) on human melanoma cell lines is not(More)
BACKGROUND Although gastric tubes are commonly used in thoracic esophageal reconstruction, sometimes circumstances are such that an alternative method must be found. On these occasions, pedicled jejunum transfer and colonic interposition are used. After reconstruction, partial necrosis can occur because of poor blood flow in the oral end of the segment used(More)
We present a follow-up study of 18 patients with upper limb lymphedema treated by microsurgical lymphaticovenous implantation (MLVI) combined with compression therapy. This combined technique provides increased lymphatic flow through newly created lymphaticovenous bypasses by the MLVI surgery, with assistance for pumping function in the lymphatics by(More)
We investigated the metabolism of arachidonic acid in normal skin-derived fibroblasts (NF) as well as in keloid-derived fibroblasts (KF) in response to macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a pluripotent cytokine. We found that MIF enhanced cyclooxygenase-2 activity in NF more than in KF. Consistent with this finding, prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)), an(More)
BACKGROUND Double innervation of facial mimetic muscles by both facial and hypoglossal nerves after end-to-side neurorrhaphy has not been proven, although facial -hypoglossal end-to-side neurorrhaphy has been used in persistent incomplete facial palsy recently, and has achieved clinical evidences of recovery with rare synkinesis. We established a rat model(More)
An alternative approach, using a combination of nerve crossover and cross-nerve grafting technique in a single-stage procedure, was developed for the reconstruction of reversible facial palsy. This combined technique provides some benefits such as early facial reanimation resulting from the single-stage procedure, less morbidity and sufficient innervation(More)
BACKGROUND Although Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome is a mixed vascular malformation characterized by abnormal growth in the extremities, no uniform diagnostic criteria have been established because of the variety in its manifestation. Consequently, no anatomical analysis based on a comparison study has been reported. In this study, the authors determine the(More)
Ethanol is a commonly used sclerosant for lymphatic malformation (LM), and recent evidence has shown that macrocystic LMs respond very well to percutaneous sclerotherapy. However, the volume of absolute ethanol that can be injected safely is small (0.5-1 ml/kg), and that is the reason it is often ineffective in extensive LM. We report two cases of giant LM(More)