Tomoyuki Iwase

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A 31-year-old woman suspected to have acute myocarditis was admitted to hospital and was managed with intra-aortic balloon pumping and a percutaneous cardiopulmonary support system because of sustained ventricular tachycardia. After immunoglobulin treatment, cardiac function and systematic inflammation were improved. The left ventricular endomyocardial(More)
Although an autoimmune mechanism has been postulated for myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy, immunosuppressive agents had not been shown to be effective. Potential benefits of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) in the therapy of patients with myocarditis and recent onset of dilated cardiomyopathy were reported. Also, experimental studies showed that IVIg(More)
A major limitation of the rotational atherectomy (RA) procedure is the occurrence of the no-reflow/slow flow phenomenon and the optimal strategy is still evolving. Recent clinical studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of nicorandil, an adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-sensitive potassium channel opener, on no-reflow in patients with acute myocardial(More)
Congestive heart failure developed in a 42-year-old man who had very mild acromegalic features. Echocardiography showed a marked dilatation of the left ventricle and decreased systolic function. Laboratory examinations revealed the elevated levels of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 and pituitary microadenoma was demonstrated by magnetic(More)
Systolic anterior motion (SAM) of the anterior mitral leaflet with mitral-septal contact was generally thought to be a major contributor to dynamic left ventricular outflow tract obstruction in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. We report an interesting case of SAM of the posterior mitral leaflet in a patient without left ventricular hypertrophy,(More)
An 86-year-old woman was scheduled to undergo aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass graft. On postoperative day 3, she developed sudden-onset neck pain followed by weakness in the right arm. Her symptoms worsened with time, and she developed paraplegia. At 60 h after the first complaint, spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) from C2 to(More)
Conventional balloon angioplasty (BA) of small coronary arteries (SCA) is followed by a high rate of restenosis. Rotational atherectomy may be effective as an alternate treatment of stenoses unsuitable for other devices. The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of RA in the treatment of SCA. A retrospective analysis was performed of 226 lesions(More)
We report a case of aortic regurgitation (AR), coronary artery-to-pulmonary artery (CAPA) fistula, pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect (PA/VSD), and major aortopulmonary collateral arteries (MAPCAS). As a result of coronary steal and AR, myocardial ischemia and ventricular dysfunction occurred. When the patient was 2 months old with a body(More)
The use of an epicardial pacing lead may be essential in pediatric patients with rhythm disturbances. In patients with single-ventricle physiology who need scheduled multistage operations, the lead could be an obstacle because of the induction of tight adhesions and the need for dissection in the next operation. We propose a novel reproducible technique for(More)