Yufuko Kasai

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PURPOSE Cardiac involvement is an important prognostic factor in sarcoidosis, and cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) can facilitate the identification of cardiac sarcoidosis (CS). In patients with CS, we investigated LGE characteristics and their relationship with left ventricular (LV) function to identify(More)
BACKGROUND Heterogeneity in B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels, especially among individuals with acute heart failure with normal left ventricular ejection fraction (HFNEF), can cause confusion in interpreting results. We investigated the characteristics of cases of acute HFNEF with only modestly elevated BNP. METHODS One hundred forty-two patients(More)
Background Cardiac involvement of sarcoidosis (CIS) in progressed and advanced stage increases cardiac events and mortality of systemic sarcoidosis, so early diagnosis and determination of disease activity are needed for treating in CIS. However, evaluating disease activity of CIS remains a major challenge because no single diagnostic test has yet been(More)
Methods Forty-three patients (male/female = 12/31, age 30-78 years) with rule out or suspect of CIS with extracardiac sarcoidosis and suspect of CIS without extracardiac sarcoidosis underwent CMR examination. We diagnosed CIS using Diagnostic Standard and Guideline for Sarcoidosis 2006 of the Japanese Society of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disorders(More)
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