Seiichiro Usuki

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To clarify the influence of cardiac function of myocardial histologic lesions on the prognosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), most recent echocardiographic findings of 30 deceased patients were reviewed. In 12 patients, histological sections from the left ventricular transverse plane made at necropsy were examined. According to the main causes of(More)
The hearts of 28 necropsy cases with DCM and 10 control cases were analysed to elucidate the role of myocarditis and fibrosis in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The extent of fibrosis and myocyte diameter were measured in the transverse sections of the left ventricle. The degree and pattern of fibrosis varied widely from case to case. The DCM cases were then(More)
To investigate the influence of wall hypertrophy and myocardial lesions on the regional contractile dynamics of the left ventricle (LV) in patients of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), we obtained the thicknesses of the ventricular septum (VS) and posterior wall at end-diastole and systole (E.Td, E.Ts) from echocardiograms made before death for 11 patients(More)
Licorice ingestion, as well as mutations in the HSD11B2 gene, inhibits 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11βHSD2) enzyme activity, causing the syndrome of apparent mineral corticoid excess (AME). However, the combined effect of licorice ingestion and an HSD11B2 mutation has never been reported, until now. In this study, we demonstrated that licorice(More)
To investigate the relationship between regional contractile dynamics and regional myocardial lesions of the left ventricular wall in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), autopsy findings of 11 patients were compared with their ante mortem echocardiographic findings. The regional systolic wall thickenings (%RWT) of the interventricular septum(More)
This study was performed to evaluate the incidence and genesis of systolic anterior motion (SAM) of the mitral valve apparatus in patients with aortic regurgitation (AR). The study population consisted of 44 patients with non-rheumatic AR, without significant aortic stenosis or mitral regurgitation. The presence and location of SAM in the short-axis view(More)
Relationships between segmental left ventricular wall motion abnormalities and myocardial fibrosis at autopsy were examined in 12 patients who died of dilated cardiomyopathy. In each case, wall motion abnormalities were assessed by two-dimensional echocardiograms for 11 segments, and semiquantitatively evaluated as normokinesis (N) to hypokinesis (H),(More)