Taiji Kuwata

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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)
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)
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)
PURPOSE 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. METHODS Three hundred eighty-six of the 567 lung cancer patients who underwent surgery had undergone PLC after thoracotomy, following by a complete(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)
We report herein a case of an 80-year-old female patient who presented with hemosputum and a left chest tumor. Owing to her medical history and imaging findings, we strongly suspected chronic expanding hematoma (CEH). Arteries feeding the mass were embolized prior to surgery to control intraoperative bleeding. We successfully inhibited the massive bleeding(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)
We present a case who had left upper lobectomy with total vertebrectomy after arterial embolization in preparation for intraoperative bleeding. A 35-year-old man complained of left back pain. Chest CT revealed a tumor in S1+2 of the left lung, invading the third thoracic vertebra. As no nodal or distant metastasis was detected, we performed left upper(More)