Tsuyoshi Ichikawa

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OBJECT To obtain a clinically useful method of intraoperative monitoring of visual evoked potentials (VEPs), the authors developed a new light-stimulating device and introduced electroretinography (ERG) to ascertain retinal light stimulation after induction of venous anesthesia. METHODS The new stimulating device consists of 16 red light-emitting diodes(More)
AIM Patients with high serum hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA concentrations are at high risk of tumor recurrence after liver resection for HBV-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS Among 24 patients with high serum HBV DNA concentrations who underwent liver resection for HBV-related HCC, postoperative lamivudine therapy was chosen by 14 (lamivudine(More)
Our success rate of intraoperative monitoring of visual evoked potential (VEP) had been approximately 30% in the past. In order to improve recording rate of intraoperative VEP, we developed a new stimulating device using high power light emitting diodes. Electroretinogram was simultaneously recorded to understand whether flash stimulation reached the(More)
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE We present a rare case of fenestration of the left supraclinoid intracranial internal carotid artery with 2 associated aneurysms arising proximally and distally from the fenestration that were successfully treated with endovascular coil embolization. This is the first report of these types of aneurysms treated with coiling alone.(More)
BACKGROUND A novel index, the serum aspartate aminotransferase activity/platelet count ratio index (APRI), has been identified as a biochemical surrogate for histological fibrogenesis and fibrosis in cirrhosis. We evaluated the ability of preoperative APRI to predict hepatic failure following liver resection for hepatocellular carcinoma. METHODS Potential(More)
Hypothesizing that combined hepatocellular and intrahepatic cholangiocellular carcinoma originates from hepatic stem cells, we conducted a series of immunohistochemical studies using hepatic stem cell markers to better understand the origin of the tumor. Specially, we investigated 15 combined tumors confirmed to be immunoreactive to anti-hepatocyte paraffin(More)
AIM To clarify whether hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) originates from hepatic progenitor cells and whether there is any correlation with the clinicopathologic factors of HCC, we reviewed 217 resected HCC specimens. METHODS Immunohistochemical examination of cytokeratin (CK) 7, CK19, CD34, and CD117 (c-KIT) was performed. Overexpression of CK7 and CK19(More)
OBJECT The authors performed fluorescein cerebral angiography in patients after aneurysm clip placement to confirm the patency of the parent artery, perforating artery, and other arteries around the aneurysm. METHODS Twenty-three patients who underwent aneurysm surgery were studied. Aneurysms were located in the internal carotid artery in 12 patients,(More)
Intra-arterial fluorescence angiography from a catheter inserted into the external carotid artery (ECA) via the superficial temporal artery (STA) allowed us to satisfactorily evaluate cerebral arterial and venous blood flow. We report this novel method that allowed for repeated angiography within minutes with a low risk of complications due to catheter(More)
Interferon therapy suppresses the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and tumor recurrence after a resection of HCC in patients with chronic hepatitis C. However, the value of a liver resection and which method is best for the treatment of HCC detected after successful interferon therapy remains to be clarified. The risk factors for tumor(More)