Akio Andou

Minami Okayama Medical Center, Okayama, Okayama, Japan

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Publications (79)124.82 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: We report a 102-year-old female who underwent surgery for spontaneous pneumothorax. As leakage did not disappear for over one month, she was referred to our hospital for surgery. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery was performed. Multiple small bullae were observed, and one of which was the cause of leakage. She was successfully treated by pleural covering with polyglycolic acid sheet and fibrin glue. Patients of such advanced age can be good candidates for surgical treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax, when they have no severe underlying diseases.
    Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery 12/2014; 67(13):1155-8.
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    ABSTRACT: A 76-year-old woman with a history of radical mastectomy for cancer of the right breast 38 years previously developed a solitary right lung nodule which was a metastasis from breast cancer. Diagnosis of the cause of a solitary pulmonary nodule is usually difficult in a patient with a history of extrapulmonary malignancy. A solitary pulmonary metastasis from breast cancer with a disease-free interval of longer than 15 years has been quite rarely reported. We describe an unusual case of a solitary pulmonary metastasis from breast cancer 38 years after the initial treatment.
    Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery 07/2014; 67(7):592-594.
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    ABSTRACT: We herein report a case of peripheral type chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension treated with medical therapy and subsequent balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA). After a series of BPA procedures, the patient's hemodynamics almost completely normalized. The patient was later diagnosed with lung carcinoma, and the vasculature of the resected lung demonstrated intimal thickening and luminal stenosis in the pulmonary arteries in both the areas where BPA was performed and not performed, in spite of a marked reduction in pulmonary arterial pressure. The present case is the first report on the histology of the pulmonary vasculature following BPA.
    Internal Medicine 01/2014; 53(7):729-33. · 0.97 Impact Factor
  • The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 11/2012; · 3.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 29-year-old man developed a persistent dry cough. Chest high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) revealed centrilobular ultrafine granular shadows scattered in all lung fields. A lung biopsy with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery revealed findings compatible with pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy (PTTM). However, the primary tumor was not identified. Combination chemotherapy with S-1 and cisplatin decreased his cough and improved the chest HRCT findings. The illness, however, gradually became difficult to control. He eventually developed pulmonary hypertension and died. Typically, an antemortem diagnosis of PTTM cannot be made. In this case, the diagnosis of PTTM and combination chemotherapy improved the chest HRCT findings, respiratory symptoms, and prognosis.
    Internal Medicine 01/2012; 51(19):2767-70. · 0.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thoracoscopic surgery under epidural and local anesthesia for intractable pneumothorax were performed in 26 patients. A total of 29 thoracoscopic operation were performed in 26 patients. Twenty-three patients undervent only a single thoracoscopic operation, and 3 patients underwent twice thoracoscopic operations. We could control the air leak of intractable pneumothorax with the covering of polyglycolic acid sheets using aerosolized fibrin glue in 25 patients. In all patients postoperative course was uneventful and there was no operative death.
    Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery 04/2011; 64(4):305-10.
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    Bone marrow transplantation 03/2011; 46(3):472-3. · 3.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 75-year-old woman with a history of extrapulmonary malignancies (ie, thyroid cancer and colon cancer) underwent a lobectomy for a solitary nodule in the left lung. Pathologic examination showed a lung metastasis from papillary thyroid cancer treated 30 years earlier. Solitary metastasis to the lung from thyroid cancer is unusual, and our case presented the long interval from initial treatment to the identification of metastasis. A careful follow-up is mandatory, and one should keep in mind the delayed metastasis in the patient with differentiated thyroid cancer.
    The Annals of thoracic surgery 12/2009; 88(6):2016-7. · 3.45 Impact Factor
  • Journal of thoracic oncology: official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 07/2009; 4(6):777; author reply 777-8. · 4.55 Impact Factor
  • European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery: official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery 07/2008; 34(3):674. · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bronchopleural fistula after lung resection is a fatal complication. The aim of this study was to determine the risk factors for bronchopleural fistula after lobectomy for lung cancer. Clinical records of 767 patients who underwent lobectomy or bilobectomy for lung cancer in our institution were reviewed. Twelve patients (1.6%) suffered a bronchopleural fistula, of whom 5 died because of this complication (mortality rate, 41.7%). Multivariate analysis revealed squamous cell carcinoma, preoperative chemotherapy, lower lobectomy, and middle and lower lobectomy were risk factors for bronchopleural fistula. In such cases, particular care must be exercised to maintain blood flow through the bronchial stump during surgery, and reinforcement, such as stump coverage, must be employed.
    Asian cardiovascular & thoracic annals 02/2007; 15(1):45-8.
  • Respiration 02/2007; 74(4):460-1. · 2.92 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Thoracic Oncology - J THORAC ONCOL. 01/2007; 2.
  • The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 08/2006; 132(1):e13-4. · 3.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thymidine phosphorylase (TP) and dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) are important enzymes related to the metabolism of 5-fluorouracil and its derivatives. We evaluated the association between the clinicopathological factors and these enzymes in patients with T3 colorectal carcinoma. The TP and DPD expression levels in 15 patients with T3 colorectal carcinomas were measured in tumor and adjacent normal tissue specimens by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Correlations between each enzyme and clinicopathological factors were also statistically evaluated. The TP levels in tumor and normal tissue specimens were 77.9 +/- 33.6 and 24.7 +/- 10.3, respectively (P < 0.001). The DPD levels in tumor and normal tissue specimens were 44.1 +/- 18.2 and 53.1 +/- 24.1, respectively (P = 0.46). The TP/DPD ratios in tumor and normal tissue specimens were 1.84 +/- 0.52 and 0.53 +/- 0.26, respectively (P < 0.001). The tumor/normal ratios of TP level in patients with and without liver metastasis were 1.79 +/- 0.91 and 4.67 +/- 2.51, respectively (P = 0.024). The measurement of the enzyme expression levels of TP and DPD is considered to be useful for better understanding the conditions of tumor progression. The mechanisms of regulation of these enzymes thus require further evaluation.
    Surgery Today 01/2006; 36(4):348-53. · 0.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 77-year-old male with a long-standing history of smoking and working in mines was referred to our department for the evaluation of an enlarging subpleural mass in the right upper lobe. Both transbronchial and computed tomography-guided biopsies of the mass were non-diagnostic. A partial resection of the right S2 mass under video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) confirmed the diagnosis of primary non-small cell lung cancer. VATS right upper lobectomy (ND2a) was then performed for complete resection. Histological examination revealed that the mass composed of adenocarcinoma and the dilated bronchioles contained Aspergillus, the fungal component. Here we report a rare case of non-small cell lung cancer coexisting with pulmonary aspergillosis. The morphologic coexistence pattern of the two pathologies was believed to be the colonization of saprophytic Aspergillus in the bullous air spaces, obstructed by or contained within the tumor, according to the progression of the lung cancer.
    The Japanese Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 10/2005; 53(9):513-6.
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    ABSTRACT: We have previously reported that hyperthermia at 41 degrees C enhanced lipofection-mediated gene transduction into cultured cells. In this study, we adapted hyperthermia technique to novel cationic liposome (Lipofectamine 2000) mediated gene transfection into Lewis lung carcinoma cells in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, transfection efficiencies were 38.9+/-3.3% by lipofection alone and 52.1+/-2.6% by lipofection with hyperthermia for 30 min, and 62.5+/-5.5% and 81.4+/-3.2% for 1 h, respectively. Hyperthermia significantly enhanced gene transfection efficiency 1.2-1.4 times more than that with lipofection only. We also evaluated the effect of hyperthermia with a pleural dissemination model of lung carcinoma of mice. We developed a model which was well-tolerated with hyperthermia with lipofection by the mice. In spite of repeated treatments, transfection efficiencies were very low and we could not show the augmentation of gene transfection by hyperthermia. Though Lipofectamine 2000 showed strong gene transduction effect and hyperthermia augmented its effect in vitro, further evaluation is needed to adapt both techniques in vivo.
    Oncology Reports 07/2004; 11(6):1313-8. · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The allowable warm ischemic time from circulatory arrest to tracheal extraction for allotransplantation of cryopreserved tracheal grafts from cadaveric donors was examined in adult mongrel dogs. The animals were divided into 4 groups (n = 28) according to the warm ischemic time of less than 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, and 12 hours, after transplantation, and comparisons were made. The grafts were cryopreserved for at least 2 months and were evaluated by extraction from the recipients generally 2 months after transplantation. All the grafts with a warm ischemic time of less than 1 hour were viable and did not show stenosis. This group did not differ significantly from the groups with a warm ischemic time of 3 and 6 hours in terms of viability. However, all of the grafts with a warm ischemic time of 12 hours showed stenosis, and there was a significantly lower viability rate. Histological examination of the grafts showed that warm ischemia caused necrosis of the tracheal cartilage. Based on these results, it was concluded that 6 hours was the maximum allowable warm ischemic time for cryopreserved tracheal transplantation, and that necrosis of the tracheal cartilage due to warm ischemia reduced the viability of the grafts.
    The Japanese Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 05/2004; 52(4):169-74.
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    ABSTRACT: Postoperative pulmonary embolism (PE) remains a fatal complication even in thoracic surgery. We have used intermittent pneumatic compression for the prophylaxis of postoperative PE since 1998, and herein examined its effectiveness. Seven hundred and six patients, whose medical records showed use/no use of pneumatic compression for prophylaxis of PE, underwent general thoracic surgery in our department from December 1995 to December 2000. Their clinical records were reviewed, and variables were compared between patients who experienced clinically apparent PE and patients who did not have PE. Three hundred and forty-four patients did not receive any prophylactic treatment, and 7 of these (2.0%) experienced postoperative PE. Three hundred and sixty-two patients received prophylactic pneumatic compression and none of these developed PE. There was a statistical correlation between the occurrence of PE and the application of pneumatic compression (Chi(2)-test, P = 0.006). Six of the seven patients with PE were operated on in the right decubitus position, and the operative position and the prevalence of PE was also significantly correlated (Chi(2)-test, P = 0.024). Other factors, such as age, sex, operative time, duration until patients became fully ambulatory, body mass index, and character of the disease, did not have significant correlation with the occurrence of PE. Pneumatic compression was found to effectively prevent postoperative PE. The right decubitus position is considered to be a risk factor for the development of postoperative PE in thoracic surgery.
    Surgery Today 02/2004; 34(1):6-10. · 0.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report on our early experience in living-donor lobar lung transplantation for patients with various lung diseases including restrictive, obstructive, septic, and hypertensive lung diseases. From October 1998 to March 2002, living-donor lobar lung transplantation was performed in 14 patients with end-stage lung diseases. There were 11 female patients and 3 male patients, with ages ranging from 8 to 53 years, including 4 children and 10 adults. Diagnoses included primary pulmonary hypertension (n = 6), idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (n = 2), bronchiolitis obliterans (n = 2), bronchiectasis (n = 2), lymphangioleiomyomatosis (n = 1), and cystic fibrosis (n = 1). Bilateral living-donor lobar lung transplantation was performed in 13 patients and right single living-donor lobar lung transplantation was performed for a 10-year-old boy with primary pulmonary hypertension. All the 14 patients are currently alive with a follow-up period of 4 to 45 months. Although their forced vital capacity (1327 +/- 78 mL, 50.2% of predicted) was limited at discharge, arterial oxygen tension on room air (98.5 +/- 1.8 mm Hg) and systolic pulmonary artery pressure (24.8 +/- 1.6 mm Hg) were excellent. Forced vital capacity improved gradually and reached 1894 +/- 99 mL, 67.4% of predicted, at 1 year. All donors have returned to their previous lifestyles. Living-donor lobar lung transplantation can be applied to restrictive, obstructive, septic, and hypertensive lung diseases. This type of procedure can be an alternative to conventional cadaveric lung transplantation for both pediatric and adult patients who would die soon otherwise.
    Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 09/2003; 126(2):476-81. · 3.53 Impact Factor

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637 Citations
124.82 Total Impact Points


  • 1998–2012
    • Minami Okayama Medical Center
      Okayama, Okayama, Japan
  • 2006
    • Shikoku Cancer Center
      Matuyama, Ehime, Japan
  • 2000–2006
    • Okayama University
      • Department of Cancer and Thoracic Surgery
      Okayama, Okayama, Japan