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BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Laterally spreading tumors - non granular type (LST-NG) are more often considered candidates for endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) than laterally spreading tumors - granular type (LST-G), because of their higher potential for submucosal invasion. However, ESD for LST-NG can be technically difficult. The aim of our study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) using short needle knives is safe and effective, but bleeding is a problem due to low haemostatic capability. AIM To assess the performance of a novel ball-tipped needle knife (Flush knife-BT) for ESD with particular emphasis on haemostasis. METHODS A case-control study to compare the performance for ESD(More)
AIM To evaluate the usefulness of the microcatheter techniques in balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) of gastric varices. METHODS Fifty-six patients with gastric varices underwent BRTOs using microcatheters. A balloon catheter was inserted into gastrorenal or gastrocaval shunts. A microcatheter was navigated close to the varices,(More)
OBJECTIVE Two typical clinical courses of calcific periarthritis in the shoulder are known: acute, with severe inflammation, and chronic, in the form of impingement syndrome with secondary subacromial bursitis. It remains unclear what factors determine these clinical courses. Our objectives were to clarify whether the calcified deposits that occur in both(More)
The purpose of this study is to clarify the optimal dose of gadolinium-ethoxybenzyl-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA) for cholangiography in conventional T1-weighted imaging. We divided 30 rats into three dose groups (3, 10, and 30 micromol/kg). For the in vitro study, we collected bile and measured the concentration of gadolinium in bile(More)
At magnetic resonance (MR) cholangiopancreatography and MR urography with an oral negative contrast agent, low signal intensity was produced in phantoms. In 20 patients suspected of having biliary tract and pancreatic diseases and in 20 healthy volunteers, the signal intensity in the gastrointestinal tract was almost completely eliminated with the negative(More)
Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) enables en bloc resection of early gastrointestinal neoplasms; however, most ESD articles report small series, with short-term outcomes performed by multiple operators on single organ. We assessed short- and long-term treatment outcomes following ESD for early neoplasms throughout the gastrointestinal tract. We(More)
OBJECTIVE Extraskeletal calcifications generally develop in uremic patients. Periarticular massive calcifications, referred to as uremic tumoral calcinosis (UTC), represent solitary or multifocal calcium phosphate deposits. Our objectives were to clinically analyze a series of 8 patients with UTC undergoing hemodialysis, and to characterize calcium deposits(More)
PURPOSE To clarify the findings of nondiffuse fatty change of the liver on ferumoxides-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) images. MATERIALS AND METHODS Of 202 patients who underwent ferumoxides-enhanced MR imaging, eight who had nondiffuse fatty change of the liver at computed tomography (CT) were examined as study subjects. MR imaging findings before and 1(More)
AIM To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of emergency balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) for ruptured gastric varices. METHODS Emergency BRTO was performed in 17 patients with gastric varices and gastrorenal or gastrocaval shunts within 24 h of hematemesis and/or tarry stool. The gastric varices were confirmed by endoscopy,(More)