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BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The timing of the surgical intervention for active infective endocarditis (IE) is particularly difficult when there is a cerebrovascular complication. The study aim was to investigate the results of surgical treatment for active IE in patients with recent cerebrovascular events, and to evaluate the relationship between the(More)
We describe a case of successful surgical treatment for spontaneous rupture of an iliac artery aneurysm into a ureter. An 80-year-old man was admitted with massive hematuria. Immediate enhanced abdominal computed tomography scan and cystoscopy were suspicious for a uretero-arterial fistula caused by aneurysmal rupture. Emergent surgical intervention was(More)
Platypnea-orthodeoxia is a rare syndrome presenting with dyspnea and cyanosis induced by an upright position and relieved by recumbency. We report a patient with an excessively enlarged aortic root who had critical hypoxia due to a paradoxical shunt through the patent foramen ovale only when seated. The postural changes of the shunt, caused by changes in(More)
Malassezia folliculitis [MF] is caused by the invasion of hair follicles by large numbers of Malassezia cells, but it remains unclear which Malassezia species are involved in the disease. To clarify this situation, Malassezia species isolated from lesions of MF patients were analyzed by both culture and non-culture methods. In addition, Malassezia species(More)
The crystal structure of 1-deoxy-D-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase (DXR) from Escherichia coli complexed with Mg(2+), NADPH and fosmidomycin was solved at 2.2 A resolution. DXR is the key enzyme in the 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate pathway and is an effective target of antimalarial drugs such as fosmidomycin. In the crystal structure, electron(More)
The goal of this prospective study was to examine the effects of landiolol hydrochloride on prevention of atrial fibrillation and on hemodynamics in the acute postoperative phase after heart valve surgery. The subjects were 60 patients who underwent valve surgery at our hospital from April 2008 to July 2010. The patients were randomly divided into two(More)
Malassezia is a component of normal cutaneous resident microbiota. The aim of this study was to quantitatively clarify the differences in cutaneous Malassezia microbiota in healthy subjects by sex, body part and season. Samples were collected from the forehead, cheek, upper chest and upper back of 20 healthy men and 20 healthy women (average age 32 years)(More)
BACKGROUND Malassezia is a particularly important factor in the occurrence of atopic dermatitis (AD). AIM The aim of this study was to quantitatively clarify the Malassezia species isolated from AD patients by gender, body part and analytical method in detail. METHODS The subjects were 20 AD males and 47 AD females. Samples were collected from lesion(More)
OBJECTIVE Sorin Bicarbon (SB) and Edwards Mira (EM) valves have an identical mechanical design but different sewing cuffs. The purpose of this retrospective study was to analyze the long-term clinical and echocardiographic outcomes after mitral valve replacement with these two valves in a combined population of patients. METHODS We retrospectively(More)