Shoji Fukuta

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STUDY DESIGN A retrospective analysis was performed of the clinical outcomes of patients with pyogenic or tuberculotic spondylitis who were treated with two-stage surgery (first stage: placement of posterior instrumentation; second stage: anterior debridement and bone grafting). OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical outcomes of the abovementioned two-stage(More)
STUDY DESIGN A prospective study on the clinical outcomes in patients with tuberculous spondylitis treated by a 2-stage operation (posterior and anterior) using posterior spinal instrumentation. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical outcomes of the 2-stage surgical treatment (first stage: placement of posterior instrumentation and second stage: anterior(More)
To identify genetic factors in the immune system which control the susceptibility to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), HLA class II DNA typing was performed in 61 Japanese patients, using PCR/SSO probe analyses. The frequencies of HLA-DQB1*0503 (15% vs 5%; RR = 3.06, chi 2 = 7.19) and DQB1*0604 (21% vs 10%; RR = 2.41, chi 2 = 6.20) were significantly increased(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective analysis of factors related to kidney-type interbody spacer subsidence (SS) in transforaminal interbody fusion (TLIF). OBJECTIVE To determine the risk factors for SS in TLIF using kidney-type spacers. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA SS into the vertebral body, a major complication of TLIF, has not been studied extensively. (More)
OBJECTIVES There are relatively few published epidemiological studies examining the differences in the risk of shoulder and elbow pain in young baseball players. The purpose of this study was to investigate risk factors for shoulder and elbow pain in child and adolescent baseball players. METHODS A total of 1563 players aged 7 to 12 years participated in(More)
BACKGROUND Autoimmune mechanisms have been implicated in the pathogenesis of chronic ongoing myocarditis. To investigate this relation, we used an A/J mouse model inoculated with coxsackievirus B3 and determined whether myocarditis would be transferred to normal hearts that were heterotopically transplanted. METHODS AND RESULTS Inbred 3-week-old A/J mice(More)
One hundred fifteen asymptomatic Japanese volunteers aged from 13 to 76 years were examined by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to evaluate age-related meniscal degeneration and to determine the prevalence of discoid menisci. Each meniscus was graded in the anterior and posterior portions according to intrameniscal MRI signals. Discoid meniscus was(More)
This study examined the prevalence of degenerative changes of knee menisci in aging and evaluated the diagnostic values of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging for assessing meniscal pathology in an older population. Eighty-five knees of asymptomatic volunteers over the age of 40 were scanned using MR imaging. Meniscal abnormalities were graded from 0 to 3(More)
To determine the immune disturbances involved in the pathogenesis of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), the conditions in humoral and cellular immunity of DCM patients were studied. To examine the status in humoral immunity in DCM patients, circulating anti-heart antibodies (AHAbs) were analyzed. Circulating-AHAbs were classified into 4 types "heterophile-like",(More)