Shozo Okamoto

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OBJECTIVE Familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), which is a fatal disorder inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion, is characterized by systemic accumulation of polymerized transthyretin (TTR) in the peripheral nerves and systemic organs. Liver transplantation has become an accepted treatment of this disorder because it stops the major production of(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with amyloidogenic transthyretin (ATTR) Tyr114Cys develop amyloid deposits in cerebral blood vessels, cerebral hemorrhage, and rapidly progressive dementia that presents with hereditary cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). However, no treatment has been identified for CAA. Although liver transplantation has become an acceptable treatment of(More)
OBJECTIVES Because there have been no standard methods to determine pre-operatively the thickness of resection of the proximal tibia in unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA), information about the relationship between the change of limb alignment and the joint line elevation would be useful for pre-operative planning. The purpose of this study was to(More)
We report a rare case of unusual widening of perivascular spaces (Virchow-Robin spaces). MR images showed multiple small round cystic areas along the perforating medullary arteries with signal intensity identical to the cerebrospinal fluid predominantly in the right cerebral white matter. Tc-99m HMPAO SPECT images showed no remarkable laterality and no(More)
UNLABELLED The red nucleus (RN) is a pair of small gray matter structures located in the midbrain and involved in muscle movement and cognitive functions. This retrospective study aimed to investigate the metabolism of human RN and its correlation to other brain regions. METHODS We developed a high-resolution semiconductor PET system to image small brain(More)
OBJECTIVE It is sometimes difficult to assess I-131 lung uptake at the initial I-131 therapy because of strong artifacts from I-131 uptake in the thyroid bed. The aim of this study was to analyze the lung uptake at the second I-131 therapy for lung metastasis in patients who did not have lung uptake at the initial therapy from differentiated thyroid(More)
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