Taiji Kuwata

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Information regarding the treatment of pleural lavage cytology (PLC)-positive patients is still limited. This study evaluated the efficacy of intrapleural chemotherapy (IPC) in PLC-positive patients. Three hundred eighty-six of the 567 lung cancer patients who underwent surgery had undergone PLC after thoracotomy, following by a complete resection were(More)
We herein present the pathological findings of a bulla covered using an absorbable polyglycolic acid sheet applied with fibrin glue. These findings indicated that the membrane of the bulla was reinforced. Covering the bulla with an absorbable polyglycolic acid sheet (Neoveil, Gunze Ltd, Kyoto, Japan) and applying fibrin glue was effective to prevent the(More)
AIM The human epidermal growth factor receptor HER-2/neu (HER2) gene is a proto-oncogene involved in the signal transduction pathways leading to cell growth and differentiation. The present study focused on the clinical significance of the expression of HER2 in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Consecutive specimens of 159(More)
Human DNA topoisomerases I and IIalpha (Topo-I and -II alpha) are essential for vital cellular processes such as DNA replication, transcription, translation, recombination, and repair. The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of the expression of Topo-I and Topo-II alpha. Twenty-nine specimens of esophageal squamous cell(More)
Pulmonary hamartoma is the most common tumor in benign lung neoplasm. We reviewed the clinical characteristics of 9 patients who had undergone surgical resection for pulmonary hamartoma between 2000 and 2009. There were 1 male and 8 female patients. The age of the patients ranged from 42 to 77 years old (mean 59). Calcification was not observed by computed(More)
Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the thymus is extremely rare. An operation remains the only effective treatment for this disease. We report a case of complete resection of thymic sarcomatoid carcinoma through a total aortic arch replacement and left upper lobectomy at our institution. Our aggressive operation was very effective, and the patient has experienced no(More)
INTRODUCTION Surgery for primary lung cancer invading the spine remains challenging. Here, we present a case of superior sulcus tumor (SST) with vertebral invasion, successfully resected with total vertebrectomy (Th2) and dissection of involved apical chest wall and the subclavian artery (SCA). PRESENTATION OF CASE A 62-year-old man was referred with the(More)
OBJECTIVES Virtual-assisted lung mapping (VAL-MAP) is a preoperative bronchoscopic multispot dye-marking technique using virtual images. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety, efficacy and reproducibility of VAL-MAP among multiple centres. METHODS Selection criteria included patients with pulmonary lesions anticipated to be difficult to(More)
CASE REPORT An asymptomatic 61-year-old woman presenting with an abnormal shadow in the mediastinum was admitted to our hospital. Computed tomography revealed a heterogenous mass in the anterior mediastinum with right hilar lymphadenopathy and a small nodule in the right lung (Figure 1A). A fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomographic scan,(More)
Sclerosing hemangioma of the lung, a rare disease, is a low grade malignancy possibly originating from type II pneumocytes or Clara cells. We report the clinical characteristics of 8 patients who underwent surgical resection for sclerosing hemangioma between 2005 and 2010 in our hospital. All cases were female, and the average age was 50 (range: 28-83)(More)