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The incidence of adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction (AEG) is dramatically increasing in Western countries, while it is not increasing in Eastern countries. Siewert type I tumors are observed less frequently in Eastern countries in comparison to Western countries. On the other hand, other clinicopathological features of AEG, including age,(More)
We clarified the incidence of adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction (AEG) at a Japanese high-volume cancer center and its clinicopathological features between the Siewert subtypes. Patients with AEG were selected from a prospective database of gastric and esophageal tumors established by Kanagawa Cancer Center. The Siewert subtypes were determined(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term safety of the Igaki-Tamai stent, the first-in-human fully biodegradable coronary stent made of poly-l-lactic acid. METHODS AND RESULTS Between September 1998 and April 2000, 50 patients with 63 lesions were treated electively with 84 Igaki-Tamai stents. Overall clinical follow-up (>10(More)
Laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy (LADG) for gastric cancer may prevent the development of an impaired nutritional status due to reduced surgical stress compared with open distal gastrectomy (ODG). This study was performed as an exploratory analysis of a phase III trial comparing LADG and ODG for stage I gastric cancer during the period between May(More)
The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy (LADG) initiated by surgeons with much experience of open gastrectomy and laparoscopic surgery. Three surgeons who each had experience with more than 300 cases of open gastrectomy, more than 100 cases of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, more(More)
We evaluated the long-term outcome and symptoms after inguinal hernia repair using the Prolene Hernia System (PHS). We reviewed the medical records of all patients who underwent PHS surgery at our hospital to assess the postoperative complications and recurrence rates. Late symptoms were evaluated by a standardized interview using a questionnaire. A total(More)
Accuracy of the radiologic diagnosis of gastric cancer staging after neoadjuvant chemotherapy remains unclear. Patients enrolled in the COMPASS trial, a randomized phase II study comparing two and four courses of S-1 plus cisplatin and paclitaxel and cisplatin followed by gastrectomy, were examined. The radiologic stage was determined by using thin-slice(More)
A number of studies have evaluated the effects of subcutaneous drainage during digestive surgery. All of the previous studies assessed the usefulness of active-suctioning drain, including two randomized controlled studies which found no benefit for the placement of active-suctioning drains in digestive surgery. The utility of passive drainage has not been(More)
The aim of this study is to clarify whether TNM-EC or TNM-GC is better for classifying patients with AEG types II/III. The patients who had AEG types II/III and received D1 or more radical lymphadenectomy were selected. The patients were staged both by seventh edition of TNM-EC and TNM-GC. The distribution of the patients, the hazard ratio (HR) of each(More)
Multidetector-row CT (MDCT) may provide accurate preoperative staging of resectable gastric cancer. However, the standard methods and criteria to diagnose the T and N stages to select the patients who are good candidates for neoadjuvant chemotherapy have not been established yet. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the accuracy of MDCT to(More)