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    ABSTRACT: We present a case with brain abscess associated with entrapment of the lateral ventricle appearing more like remarkable brain edema in the temporo-occipital lobe than ventricular dilatation. A 72-year-old man suffering from headache and vomiting visited our clinic. CT and MRI showed brain abscess in the right parieto-occipital lobe, associated with ventriculitis. Lumbar puncture also revealed purulent meningitis. Both symptoms and CSF findings improved after administration of antibiotics. The improved condition continued for two months after admission, but disturbed consciousness and left hemiparesis than appeared. MRI and CT showed entrapment of the lateral ventricle and brain edema of the right temporo-occipital region without ventricular dilatation. Because brain edema was thought to be caused by transudate of the CSF through the ventricular wall, lobectomy of the right temporal lobe and opening of the temporal horn were carried out. Although left hemiparesis and disturbed consciousness and brain edema disappeared after the operation, subdural effusion appeared. Using a subdural-peritoneal shunt, the subdural effusion was prevented and disappeared. In this case, we thought Hounsfield Unit (HU) of the brain edema caused by transudate of CSF through the ventricular wall (12.6) was markedly lower than that of so-called vasogenic edema (25.1) due to active inflammation. Measurement of the HU seemed to be a useful means to differentiate the types of brain edema in this situation from that of vasogenic edema caused by brain abscess, and thus a means for selection of the appropriate treatment.
    No shinkei geka. Neurological surgery 03/2001; 29(2):151-6. · 0.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To date in our hospital, surgical reconstructions and percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) were carried out in 168 patients with vertebral artery (VA) stenosis at the origin. In this article, we discuss the comparison between surgical reconstructions and PTA, especially regarding long term follow up, patency and complications. PTA is a less invasive treatment for VA stenosis at the origin than surgical reconstructions. However, restenosis after PTA occurred in 20% of the patients. On the other hand, restenosis after surgical reconstructions did not emerge even in long term follow up. An embolism after PTA occurred in 2.6% of the cases. However, the embolism occurred in only the first 10 patients of our series, after that there was no embolism. We concluded that PTA was the first choice for VA stenosis at the origin, if the angiogram did not reveal any PTA difficulty. If restenosis after PTA was performed, we selected surgical reconstruction for VA stenosis at the origin.
    Interventional Neuroradiology 11/2000; 6 Suppl 1:237-42. · 0.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recently, the first choice of therapy for cavernous dural arteriovenous shunts (CdAVS) is transvenous embolization. Usually the approach routes for cavernous sinus are the inferior petrosal sinus (IPS), the superior ophthalmic vein (SOV) in most cases and the superior petrosal sinus (SPS) in rare case. But, it is difficult for us to treat patients in whom there are no extracranial veins through which to approach the cavernous sinus, with transvenous embolization. We presented the case in which intracranial transvenous approach to the cavernous sinus and transvenous embolization were performed and in which we achieve good results. In this article, we presented a case with Barrow's type D CdAVS and cortical venous drainage. At first, transarterial embolization was performed to decrease the amount of venous drainage for the purpose of eliminate convulsions and consciousness disturbance. However, cortical venous drainage continued. Moreover bilateral dilated SOVs normalized and bilateral IPSs were not visible, so we decided that it was impossible to carry out the transvenous embolization via extracranial veins. Transvenous embolization to the left cavernous sinus via the intracranial ophthalmic vein between the superior ophthalmic fissure and the inferior ophthalmic fissure after craniotomy was performed. Then, the transvenous embolization to the right cavernous sinus was carried out through the right superficial middle cerebral vein after craniotomy. The results were good and chemosis and bilateral abducens palsy diminished immediately. Trans-intracranial venous embolization for CdVAS is a very useful therapy when no extracranial veins exist for transvenous embolization.
    No shinkei geka. Neurological surgery 08/2000; 28(7):639-45. · 0.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The etiology of dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs) remains controversial as is the issue of whether occlusion or stenosis of the transverse sinus and sigmoid sinus is a cause or a result of DAVFs. We report a case of DAVFs with transverse-sigmoid sinus occlusion and cortical venous reflux. In this case, the reconstruction of normal venous circulation by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) for the occluded sinus was performed and cortical venous reflux diminished. PTA may be a useful treatment for DAVFs with occluded or stenotic sinus.
    Interventional Neuroradiology 11/1999; 5 Suppl 1:109-14. · 0.73 Impact Factor
  • Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery 07/1997; 99. · 1.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The authors report the treatment of seven intracranial aneurysms in six patients with direct infusion of cellulose acetate polymer solution, a new liquid thrombotic material. These aneurysms were considered inoperable because of their size or location, or because of the patient's neurological condition. This material avoids the difficulties associated with balloon occlusion, and completely fills even irregularly shaped aneurysms. Cellulose acetate polymer solution hardens in about 5 minutes and remains solid once inside the aneurysm. Because this technique is less invasive than surgery, it can be used for high-risk patients in the acute stage of subarachnoid hemorrhage. Transient motor aphasia occurred in one patient. A small residual neck, which caused rebleeding 3 months after the treatment, remained in another patient. This article describes the new material, the procedure for direct thrombosis, and preliminary clinical results.
    Journal of Neurosurgery 11/1992; 77(4):501-7. · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Most intracranial saccular aneurysms arise from the angle between a parent vessel and an arterial branch. Saccular aneurysms without relation to any arterial branch are rare. During the last 24 years, 210 patients with intracranial internal carotid artery (ICA) aneurysms were directly operated on at our institution. We found eight saccular aneurysms arising from intracranial ICA without relation to any arterial branch. So we call them unbranched-site aneurysms of intracranial ICA, and describe their unique characteristics. Of the eight cases with unbranched-site aneurysm of intracranial ICA, three were men and five were women. The age ranged from 31 to 61 years with an average age of 48. Seven cases suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to ruptured unbranched-site aneurysm, and the other case had been admitted to our department because of accompanying ruptured left internal carotid-posterior communicating aneurysm. All cases of unbranched-site aneurysm presented intraoperative and/or angiographic findings of arteriosclerosis, and five of the patients had a past history of hypertension. Of the four unbranched-site aneurysms at the C2 portion of ICA, two arose from the lateral wall, one arose from the superior wall and the other arose from the infero-lateral wall of ICA. Of the four unbranched-site aneurysms at the C1 portion of ICA, three arose from the superior wall and the other arose from the supero-medial wall of ICA. Radical operation was performed in all cases and intraoperative rupture occurred in two cases. It was suggested that arteriosclerotic change in the arterial wall, and local hemodynamic stress played important roles in the development of unbranched-site aneurysms of intracranial ICA.
    No shinkei geka. Neurological surgery 08/1992; 20(7):741-8. · 0.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The authors describe a technique using occluding spring emboli for direct obliteration of an unclippable large aneurysm, and carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF) which failed to be occluded by transarterial and transvenous approaches. Case 1: This 44 year-old man had a history of head trauma 30 years ago. He was admitted to our department on October 16, 1989, because of an aneurysm incidentally found by a CT scan taken for the examination of his vertigo. Angiograms revealed a large aneurysm at the C3 portion of the right internal carotid artery. A right frontal craniotomy was performed on November 2, 1989, but neck clipping of the aneurysm was impossible, because it was a pseudoaneurysm with quite a fragile neck. Subsequently, fourteen occluding spring emboli were inserted into the aneurysm through a polyethylene catheter directly into the aneurysmal dome. Postoperative angiograms showed almost complete obliteration of the aneurysm with good preservation of the parent artery. Case 2: This 26 year-old woman without a history of head trauma was admitted to our department on May 10, 1989, complaining of right conjunctival injection and exophthalmos. Angiograms revealed a spontaneous CCF which had a single orifice at the C4 portion of the right internal carotid artery and drained through the superior ophthalmic vein and inferior petrosal sinus. Initially, transarterial and transvenous approaches were tried, but the attempts were unsuccessful. Subsequently, a right frontotemporal craniotomy was performed on August 8, 1989, and 27 occluding spring emboli were placed into the cavernous sinus through a polyethylene catheter which had been inserted directly.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
    No shinkei geka. Neurological surgery 11/1991; 19(10):957-61. · 0.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Three cases of vertebral artery stenosis or occlusion at the level of the atlantoaxial joint during head rotation were reported. The vertebral artery was mechanically compressed on the side of the head opposite to the direction in which the heads was turned. One case was associated with atlantoaxial dislocation due to rheumatoid arthritis. Posterior fixations of C1 - C2 or C1 - C3 using iliac bone and wire were performed in two cases, and a neck collar was applied in another case. All of the three cases have been free from vertebrobasilar insufficiency since the treatment. The pathogenesis and treatment of vertebral artery occlusion at the atlantoaxial joint are discussed.
    No shinkei geka. Neurological surgery 10/1989; 17(9):861-5. · 0.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fourteen patients with symptoms of vertebrobasilar insufficiency caused by vertebral artery stenosis in the distal first portion underwent surgical reconstruction. They ranged in age between 42 and 73 years, with a median age of 57 years. Their symptoms included vertigo, dysarthria, syncope, hemiparesis, and homonymous quadrant anopsia. The etiologies of the stenoses involved kinking in 12 cases and mechanical compression due to cervical sympathetic nerve, osteophyte, or fibrous bands in two cases. Digital subtraction angiography revealed that stenosis was maximal at systole and minimal at diastole in six of eight cases. In two of the 14 cases, stenosis was not demonstrated in the neutral position, but stenosis of the left vertebral artery appeared when the head was rotated to the right. Surgical procedures involved 13 decompressions of the vertebral artery and one subclavian artery-vertebral artery bypass using the saphenous vein. Postoperatively, 12 cases of miosis and one of asymptomatic phrenic nerve palsy were observed, but there were no serious complications. All but two patients had complete resolution of their symptoms. Stenosis due to kinking and/or mechanical compression disappeared in all cases after decompression of the vertebral artery. The effects of arterial pulse and neck rotation on vertebral artery stenosis in the distal first portion are discussed.
    Neurologia medico-chirurgica 05/1989; 29(4):292-6. · 0.65 Impact Factor
  • S Fujimoto, Y Terai, T Itoh
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    ABSTRACT: A 67-year-old man was admitted for status epilepticus, right hemiparesis, repeating vertigo and vomiting. Computed tomography showed no abnormality except for slight brain atrophy. Angiogram demonstrated bilateral vertebral artery stenosis at the origin, especially on the left side, and bilateral cervical internal carotid artery stenosis associated with ulceration. Intracranially, bilateral anterior cerebral artery was filled only by right internal carotid artery. Internal carotid artery on both sides did not fill the posterior cerebral artery. From these findings, we thought that both bilateral internal carotid artery and left vertebral artery should be surgically reconstructed. On June 4, 1986, left vertebral transposition to the common carotid artery and left carotid endarterectomy using double-balloon shunt were performed. Waiting for recovery of the general condition, right carotid endarterectomy was carried out on June 27, 1986. Postoperative angiogram demonstrated disappearance of bilateral internal carotid artery stenosis, and good filling of left vertebral artery through left common carotid artery. Postoperative course was uneventful and right hemiparesis gradually improved. Vertigo and vomiting completely subsided. The method and indication of combined reconstruction for extracranial vertebral and carotid artery were discussed.
    No shinkei geka. Neurological surgery 04/1988; 16(3):305-10. · 0.13 Impact Factor
  • Neurologia medico-chirurgica 04/1988; 28(3):248-53. · 0.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The authors report a case of superficial temporal to superior cerebellar artery anastomosis (STA-SCA anastomosis) for progressing rostral brain stem infarction with an excellent result. Precise operative techniques were also described. A 47-year-old male was admitted to our hospital on November 9, 1984, because of sudden onset of dysarthria and ataxic gait. CT revealed a low density area in the pons. Left vertebral angiogram showed occlusion of the left vertebral artery just distal to the origin of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA). Arterial branch of the left cerebellar hemisphere were filled via the left PICA to the left SCA and anterior inferior cerebellar artery anastomosis. Right brachial angiogram showed the hypoplastic right vertebral artery which ended at the PICA. The rostral basilar artery, both posterior cerebral arteries (PCA's) and right SCA were filled through anastomosis from the right PICA. The posterior circulation was not filled by either of the carotid arteries. In spite of antiplatelet agglutination therapy, the patient had two more episodes of dysarthria, dysphagia, right hemiparesis and gait disturbance. Because of progressing stroke, STA-SCA anastomosis was carried out on the right side on February 27, 1985. During operation, the blood pressure was maintained above the level of 130 mmHg, and intravenous mannitol injection and spinal drainage were done to preserve the right temporal lobe from intracerebral hematoma and/or edema caused by retraction. Postoperatively, the patient has been free from new ischemic attack. He has only slight hemiparesis now eight months after operation. Right external carotid angiogram showed a patent STA-SCA bypass and good filling of SCA's and PCA's bilaterally.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
    No shinkei geka. Neurological surgery 11/1986; 14(11):1347-52. · 0.13 Impact Factor