Atsukata Kobayashi

Toyohashi Municipal Hospital, Toyohasi, Aichi, Japan

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Publications (9)6.95 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Airway obstruction due to compression by the thoracic great vessels or their branches sometimes appears in patients with congenital heart disease. However, to make a definitive diagnosis may not be easy, because respiratory symptoms are common and stem from a variety of causes in this cohort. Thus, some invasive evaluation, including angiography, bronchial fiberscopy, and bronchography has usually been required. We employed multi-slice helical computed tomography (MSCT) and 3-dimensional (3D) image reconstruction in 7 cases (median age, 107 days ; range, 21 days to 6 years) who were suspected of complicating external vascular compression as a cause of respiratory symptoms. The CT scan clearly showed detailed anatomy of the thoracic vessels and interrelationship with the airway systems. It also disclosed a culprit artery compressing the trachea or bronchus. Different from other invasive or noninvasive examination modalities, MSCT allows precise evaluation of 2 independent organ systems, such as vascular and respiratory systems. We conclude that MSCT with 3D image reconstruction represents a reliable less-invasive technique for assessment of symptomatic airway obstruction caused by vascular compression.
    Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery 08/2009; 62(7):527-34.
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    ABSTRACT: A 77-year-old woman was transferred as traumatic thoracic aortic dissection with subarachnoid hemorrhage soon after a traffic accident. Her consciousness was slightly compromised and cardiogenic shock was developed. Serial computed tomography (CT) scans revealed an unchanging subarachnoid hemorrhage and a progressive mediastinal hemorrhage and pericardial effusion due to traumatic type B aortic dissection. An emergency distal arch replacement was performed under cardiopulmonary bypass 4 hours after the injury. She woke up 3 days after the operation without progression of subarachnoid hemorrhage on a cerebral CT scan. She was discharged 36 days after the injury.
    Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery 08/2009; 62(7):560-3.
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    ABSTRACT: We report the case of a 64-year-old woman who presented with a false aneurysm in the ascending aorta where arterial cannulation was done in an operation 26 years earlier. The aneurysm was excised with the ascending aorta and successfully replaced with a prosthetic graft during deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and retrograde cerebral perfusion, accompanied with concomitant procedures of mitral valve replacement and maze procedure. When the aneurysm, 3.5 x 3.0 x 4.5 cm, was removed, it showed a remarkable sharp line of demarcation between the normal aorta. Microscopic examination of the specimen was consistent with the features of a pseudoaneurysm.
    The Annals of thoracic surgery 04/2009; 87(3):936-9. · 3.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report a patient who successfully underwent a one-and-a-half ventricular repair (1.5 VR) through a right lateral thoracotomy. In the case of possible hazardous complications at the sternal reentry because of previous mediastinitis, this approach was thought to be an option in selected patients to complete a functional correction by means of 1.5 VR.
    Annals of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery : official journal of the Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia. 01/2009; 14(6):390-2.
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    ABSTRACT: We present a 59-year-old woman who underwent combined pulmonary resection for bronchiectasis with massive, recurrent hemoptysis and redo coronary artery bypass. She had previously been hospitalized four times for massive hemoptysis. She had also undergone coronary artery bypass and had symptomatic severe graft disease. We performed simultaneous right middle lobectomy and redo triple bypass. At surgery, lobectomy was performed before heparinization, then redo bypass was performed using on-pump cardiopulmonary bypass. The postoperative course was uneventful.
    Asian cardiovascular & thoracic annals 01/2008; 15(6):e75-6.
  • H Murayama, T Watanabe, K Yasuda, A Kobayashi
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    ABSTRACT: We report a very rare case of an infant with viscero-atrial situs inversus presenting mirror image Berry syndrome (aortopulmonary window, interrupted aortic arch, anomalous origin of the left pulmonary artery, and intact ventricular septum). Successful surgical treatment was accomplished 56 days following the initial rescue bilateral pulmonary artery banding.
    Minerva chirurgica 05/2007; 62(2):129-32. · 0.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report a surgical technique for off-pump atrial septectomy using a Rongeur forceps in the case of a newborn infant weighing less than 2,000 grams. The 6-day-old patient suffered from hypoplastic left heart syndrome with a restrictive interatrial communication. A purse-string suture was placed on the right atrium. A hand-made dull-tipped cannula was inserted into the right atrium through the suture to probe the interatrial communication. Monitoring the pressure at the tip of cannula, we could clearly determine when the cannula tip entered the left atrium. Then, a Rongeur forceps was inserted instead of the cannula, and used to bite into the interatrial septum. It was removed slowly together with the resected atrial specimen. In this manner, an atrial septectomy can be performed without cardiopulmonary bypass; this is far safer and easier than other procedures, such as the Blalock-Hanlon technique. This method can be performed in a small neonate as well as an older infant in whom balloon atrial septostomy is difficult.
    Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery 03/2006; 59(2):114-8.
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    ABSTRACT: We report the case of a mitral Carpentier-Edwards pericardial bioprosthesis that was explanted from a 43-year-old female patient because of structural valve deterioration 16 years following implantation. Upon removal, the prosthesis was found to be discolored and all leaflets were stiff and hard, showing extensive calcification, pannus overgrowth, leaflet hematoma, and multiple disruptions. One leaflet presented a wavy free margin due to commissural disruptions, leading to incomplete cusp coaptation. The accumulated physical symptoms of the patient were consistent with these findings.
    Journal of Artificial Organs 02/2006; 9(4):259-62. · 1.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report the case of an 89-year-old patient suffering from endocarditis with septicemia caused by a growth on a pacemaker lead. The entire pacemaker system was successfully removed using cardiopulmonary bypass. Although the patient was an octogenarian in poor condition with a systemic infection, an aggressive operation with careful perioperative management gave a good clinical result. As far as we know, this is the oldest patient in whom a pacemaker system has been removed using cardiopulmonary bypass.
    Journal of Artificial Organs 02/2005; 8(3):214-6. · 1.39 Impact Factor