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This study investigated postoperative speech function in tongue cancer patients following reconstruction with fasciocutaneous/myocutaneous flaps, to clarify the factor(s) influencing outcome. Eighty-one patients, enrolled from 11 Japanese institutions, were classified into three groups by the site of resection: lateral (N=51), anterior (N=17) and combined(More)
PURPOSE We report early outcome of our modified papillary muscles approximation (PMA) as an adjunct to mitral annuloplasty (MAP) by analyzing the mitral coaptation zone echocardiographically and clinical outcome in three different procedures. METHODS Mitral valve coaptation depth (MVCD) and tenting area were measured in patients with ischemic (n=8) or(More)
PURPOSE The progression of left ventricular (LV) remodeling and subsequent mitral valve tethering impair the results of reduction annuloplasty for ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR). METHODS We studied 90 patients who underwent surgical repair of ischemic MR between 1999 and 2013 according to our surgical strategy adding submitral and ventricular(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF) following lobectomy for a pulmonary malignant tumour. METHODS The outcomes of patients who underwent lobectomy from February 2005 to September 2010 were analysed with respect to the development of postoperative AF. RESULTS Among 186 patients, 20 developed AF and these had significantly(More)
BACKGROUND Thrombus in the stump of the pulmonary vein (PV) is not a well-known complication after lung resection, and it has the potential to cause embolism to vital organs. To clarify the frequency, risk factors, and cause of this complication, a retrospective clinical study of patients who underwent lobectomy was performed. METHODS The study evaluated(More)
The p16 gene encodes a 16-kDa cyclin kinase inhibitor, and the p14ARF gene a 14-kDa protein, which acts as a cell cycle regulator or tumor suppressor in human cancer cells. Both genes are mapped on chromosome 9p21. Previous studies have suggested that the p16 gene has important roles in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. To clarify carcinogenesis in(More)
Mitral valvuloplasty using Gore-Tex (W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc, Flagstaff, AZ) as artificial chordae is often associated with difficulties in determining the length of the artificial chordae, as well as preventing knot slippage, especially for patients with broad anterior leaflet prolapse. We describe a simple technique that enables surgeons to easily(More)
Ewing sarcoma (ES) is a primary bone malignant neoplasm and is the second most common primary malignancy of the bone found in childhood and adolescence after osteosarcoma. ES has an annual frequency in the population younger than 20 years of approximately 2.9 per million. ES occurs most frequently in the long bones of the extremities and pelvis and very(More)