Toshihiko Higashizawa

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BACKGROUND Saline-assisted endoscopic mucosal resection is an established therapeutic method. However, it is sometimes difficult to maintain a desired level of tissue elevation after injection of saline. Therefore we decided to use a mucinous substance such as sodium hyaluronate instead of saline. METHODS Two resected porcine stomachs and five dogs were(More)
BACKGROUND Deep insertion of an enteroscope by use of a push technique is difficult. A new method of enteroscopy was developed, a double-balloon method, to improve the access to the small intestine. METHODS The new method uses 2 balloons, one attached to the tip of the endoscope and another at the distal end of an overtube. By using these balloons to grip(More)
BACKGROUND The advisability of endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) for treatment of large superficial gastric cancers has been challenged. For more reliable en bloc resection, a new method of EMR was developed that uses a viscous substance, sodium hyaluronate, and two newly designed devices. METHODS A large superficial gastric cancer was treated with this(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Endoscopic balloon sphincteroplasty (EBS) is an alternative to sphincterotomy for the treatment of bile duct stones. The purpose of this study was to determine if epinephrine irrigation of the papilla can prevent the pancreatic damage associated with EBS. METHODS A total of 173 patients with bile duct stones were treated by EBS. After(More)
Background: To identify the appropriate puncture points in the bile duct to avoid catheter dislodgement. Methods: Percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage catheters (n = 300) were placed in 242 patients. The frequency of dislodgement (complete dislodgement or bending of the catheter) was prospectively investigated. The puncture site of the bile duct was(More)
BACKGROUND An imaging modality that can be used to identity small stones after a biliary lithotripsy is required. Intraductal ultrasonography was evaluated by using percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopy as the gold standard. METHODS Lithotripsy, under percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopy guidance, was performed in 20 patients. A thin-caliber(More)
Background: This is the first study to correlate intraductal ultrasonography (IDUS) with cholangioscopy in evaluating the patency of biliary metallic stents. Methods: The findings of IDUS (probe 2.0 mm in diameter and 20-MHz frequency) through a percutaneous transhepatic (n = 24) or transpapillary (n = 2) approach were retrospectively reviewed without other(More)