Takaaki Ikata

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Nitric oxide (NO) was measured directly after spinal cord injury (SCI) in rats by an ESR spin-trapping technique using Fe2+ and diethyldithiocarbamate (DETC). The levels of NO and lipid peroxides expressed as thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) were increased by SCI in the injured region and the adjacent central region. Pretreatment with 30(More)
We report a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) showing the unusual immunohistochemical feature of epithelial membrane antigen (EMA) immunoreactivity in a 52-year-old man. The tumor, located in the left paravertebral muscles, was composed of both cellular and myxoid areas. Spindle-shaped tumor cells were arranged in longitudinal cell cords, in a(More)
We investigated 185 adolescents under the age of 19 years with spondylolysis. All but five were active in sport. The pars defect was classified into early, progressive and terminal stages. Of the 346 pars defects in 185 patients, 39.6% were early, 29.5% progressive and 30.9% in the terminal stages. Conservative management produced healing in 73.0% of the(More)
The intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) plays an important role in immune responses by promoting infiltration of neutrophils into tissues; however, its implication in the secondary destructive pathomechanism after the initial mechanical injury to the spinal cord has not been clarified yet. This study was conducted to examine the role of ICAM-1 in(More)
The morphologic changes and signal intensity of the spinal cord on preoperative magnetic resonance images were correlated with postoperative outcomes in 74 patients undergoing decompressive cervical surgery for compressive myelopathy. The transverse area of the spinal cord on T1-weighted images at the level of maximum compression was closely correlated with(More)
This study presents an objective evaluation of both scapular upward and axial rotational tilts in shoulder impingement syndrome, using a scapular spine line defined on antero-posterior (AP) radiographs of the shoulder as the referential line. Twenty-seven patients with unilateral shoulder motion pain, who were diagnosed as having chronic shoulder(More)
STUDY DESIGN This study analyzed the skeletal-age-dependent strength of the lumbar growth plate to resist anterior shearing forces using the MTS system in the immature calf spine with pars defects. OBJECTIVE To clarify the pathomechanism of the skeletal-age-dependent incidence of slippage in pediatric patients with pars defects by comparing the strength(More)
STUDY DESIGN The neurologic outcomes in patients with conservatively managed incomplete closed traumatic cervical spinal cord injuries was evaluated using the motor scoring system and the Frankel classification. OBJECTIVES To show that the motor scoring of recovery system combined with functional Frankel grading will make the documentation of final(More)
This study was undertaken to examine the spinal cord of rats after trauma for the induction of apoptosis. DNA ladder formation was demonstrated by gel electrophoresis of the DNA obtained from the spinal cord at the site of injury after trauma from 12 h to 8 days and was most significant on Days 3 and 4. As for the longitudinal spread of the injury in the(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT Although it has been well documented that slippage in patients with spondylolysis is most prevalent during the growth period, the exact time when slippage initiates and halts during the growth period is still unknown. Moreover, the contribution of spinal deformities, such as wedging of the vertebral body to the slippage, remains(More)