Takashi Imagama

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STUDY DESIGN A preliminary report of a new operative method termed selective laminoplasty after the preoperative diagnosis of the responsible level using spinal cord evoked potentials (SCEPs) in elderly patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy. OBJECTIVE To introduce the method and clinical results for selective laminoplasty. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND(More)
Recently, arginase is suggested to regulate nitric oxide production by competing with nitric oxide synthase for the same substrate, L-arginine, in experimental asthma. We investigated the role of arginase and its relationship to nitric oxide production after spinal cord injury. Rats were subjected to laminectomy and complete transection of their spinal(More)
Previous studies have revealed that cell therapy using bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) could promote motor functional recovery in animals with spinal cord injury (SCI). We describe here the development of cell biology technique and the experimental study of regeneration in SCI. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential for neurological(More)
Calcific myonecrosis is a rare condition characterized by a calcified lesion. Because this lesion sometimes presents as a huge mass with unique radiographic characteristics, it can be confused with soft tissue sarcoma. The appropriate treatment is still controversial. We report here three cases diagnosed as calcific myonecrosis of the lower leg and discuss(More)
A 15-year-old girl was admitted to our hospital with severe low back pain. She had scoliosis dextra and tight hamstrings. A plain radiograph showed high-grade L5 spondylolisthesis with vertebral scalloping from the fourth lumbar to the first sacral vertebra. L5 wide laminectomy and posterior lumbar interbody fusion by iliac bone graft was performed using(More)
In patients with rheumatoid arthritis who had symptomatic knee joints at the start of anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy, the relationship between local symptoms and knee joint destruction at 94 weeks was retrospectively investigated. Among the patients with rheumatoid arthritis and received anti-TNF therapy, the 32 patients (52 joints) having swollen(More)
(Di)bromotyrosine is formed by the specific reaction of eosinophil peroxidase and can be used as an eosinophil activation marker. In the present study, an antibody for (di)bromotyrosine in proteins was prepared to investigate the pathogenesis of eosinophil-related diseases such as allergic responses. A rabbit polyclonal antibody was raised against(More)
Hip dislocation associated with Down syndrome is relatively rare. Hip dislocation can progress to severe subluxation or habitual dislocation if the initial therapy is improperly performed. However, definitive treatment guidelines for conservative and surgical therapy for hip dislocation in patients with Down syndrome have not been established. This article(More)
This report describes a case of Staphylococcus aureus infection following open wedge high tibial osteotomy, which was successfully treated with by implant removal and replacement with antibiotic-impregnated calcium phosphate cement along with external fixation. The infection occurred 7 months after primary surgery and was treated by implant removal,(More)
The clinical effects of cefoxitin (CFX) were evaluated in the prophylaxis of postoperative infections in the field of orthopaedics. The clinical response was good in 46 out of 50 patients; an efficacy rate of 92%. Four patients (8%) who did not respond to CFX were suffering from infections due to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (1), suspected Pseudomonas(More)