Internal Medicine
Online ISSN : 1349-7235
Print ISSN : 0918-2918
ISSN-L : 0918-2918
55 巻 , 23 号
  • Kazuyuki Ozaki, Takeshi Okubo, Komei Tanaka, Yukio Hosaka, Keiichi Tsu ...
    2016 年 55 巻 23 号 p. 3413-3420
    発行日: 2016/12/01
    公開日: 2016/12/01
    ジャーナル オープンアクセス

    Objective Left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction is a complication in 15-25% of patients with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and sometimes leads to catastrophic outcomes, such as cardiogenic shock or cardiac rupture. However, the underlying mechanisms have not been clarified.

    Methods and Results We experienced 22 cases of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy during 3 years, and 4 of these 22 cases were complicated with LVOT obstruction in the acute phase (mean age 79±5 years, 1 man, 21 women). The LVOT pressure gradient in the acute phase was 100±17 mmHg. Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) revealed left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in one case and sigmoid-shaped septum without LVH in three cases. The complete resolution of the LVOT obstruction was achieved in a few days with normalization of the left ventricular wall motion following administration of beta-blockers. A dobutamine provocation test after normalization of the left ventricular wall motion reproduced the LVOT obstruction in all cases and revealed the presence of latent LVOT obstruction.

    Conclusion The manifestation of latent LVOT obstruction in the acute phase of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is one potential reason for the complication of LVOT obstruction with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

  • Hyuma Daidoji, Yoshiaki Tamada, Saya Suzuki, Ken Watanabe, Taku Shikam ...
    2016 年 55 巻 23 号 p. 3421-3426
    発行日: 2016/12/01
    公開日: 2016/12/01
    ジャーナル オープンアクセス

    Objective Percutaneous transluminal renal artery angioplasty (PTRA) has been recommended for the treatment of renovascular resistant hypertension. However, large randomized trials have reported that PTRA did not improve the outcomes compared with optimal medical therapy in patients with renal artery stenosis (RAS). It is important to identify patients with renovascular hypertension who are likely to respond to PTRA. We herein examined whether or not the plasma renin activity (PRA) could predict the improvement in resistant hypertension after PTRA for RAS.

    Methods and Results A total of 40 patients (mean age: 63±15 years) with unilateral RAS who received PTRA for resistant hypertension were enrolled in this study. Twenty-two (55%) patients experienced a significant reduction in their blood pressure while using few antihypertensive agents at the 3-month follow up. The median PRA was significantly higher in patients using few antihypertensive agents than in those using more [4.2 ng/mL/hr, interquartile range (IQR) 2.6-8.0 vs. 0.8 ng/mL/hr, IQR 0.4-1.7, p<0.001]. To predict the improvement in hypertension after PTRA, a receiver operating characteristic analysis determined the optimal cut-off value of PRA to be 2.4 ng/mL/hr. A multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that higher PRA (>2.4 ng/mL/hr) was an independent predictor of the improvement in hypertension after PTRA (odds ratio: 22.3, 95% confidence interval: 2.17 to 65.6, p<0.01).

    Conclusion These findings suggest that the evaluation of preoperative PRA may be a useful tool for predicting the improvement in resistant hypertension after PTRA for patients with RAS.

  • Naro Ohashi, Shinsuke Isobe, Sayaka Ishigaki, Takahisa Suzuki, Daisuke ...
    2016 年 55 巻 23 号 p. 3427-3433
    発行日: 2016/12/01
    公開日: 2016/12/01
    ジャーナル オープンアクセス

    Objective Hypertension and diurnal blood pressure (BP) variation are widely accepted as risk factors for renal damage. However, the effects of unilateral nephrectomy on BP and its circadian rhythm have not yet been clarified in patients with a compromised renal function, including dialysis patients.

    Methods We investigated 22 unilateral nephrectomized patients (16 men and 6 women, age: 64.5±14.3 years). The function of the circulating renin-angiotensin system (RAS) (plasma renin activity and plasma angiotensin II) and 24-h ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) were evaluated before and after nephrectomy. Daytime and nighttime 24-h ABPM values were determined based on sleep and waking times.

    Results In non-dialysis patients, the estimated glomerular filtration rate after nephrectomy was significantly lower than that before (before, 62.4±23.2 mL/min/1.73 m2 vs. after, 43.7±16.8 mL/min/1.73 m2; p<0.01). No significant differences were noted in the levels of BPs and circulating RAS before and after nephrectomy. However, the night-to-day (N/D) ratio of systolic BP (SBP) was significantly higher after nephrectomy than before (before, 93.3±6.5% vs. after, 98.4±6.9%; p<0.01), and the patterns of circadian BP rhythm also significantly differed before and after nephrectomy (p=0.022). Namely, the rates of dipper patterns decreased and nondipper and riser patterns increased after nephrectomy. In contrast, in dialysis patients, no significant differences were observed in the N/D ratio of SBP or the patterns of circadian BP rhythm before and after nephrectomy.

    Conclusion Unilateral nephrectomy affects the circadian rhythm of BP but not absolute values of BP.

  • Hirotaka Arae, Masao Tateyama, Hideta Nakamura, Daisuke Tasato, Kaoru ...
    2016 年 55 巻 23 号 p. 3435-3440
    発行日: 2016/12/01
    公開日: 2016/12/01
    ジャーナル オープンアクセス

    Objective Recently, tenofovir disoproxil fumatate (TDF)-related side effects, such as renal nephrotoxicity and reduction of bone mineral density, have been reported. Consequently, increased switching from fixed-dose tablet TDF and emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) to abacavir and lamivudine (ABC/3TC) has occurred. Interestingly, while TDF has a lipid-lowering property, one of the ABC-related side effects is hyperlipidemia. Therefore, such switching could cause lipid elevation. To evaluate the change in lipid levels associated with switching from TDF/FTC to ABC/3TC in virologically-suppressed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients.

    Methods This is a retrospective, single-center study. We included the HIV-infected patients whose therapy included a drug switch from TDF/FTC to ABC/3TC between September 2009 and December 2012 at Ryukyu University Hospital. The exclusion criteria were HIV-RNA >40 copies/mL on the switching day, and a documented therapy change to a lipid-lowering agent or any other antiretroviral agents within 3 months before or after switching. We compared the low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), total cholesterol (TC), and triglyceride (TG) levels before switching to three months after.

    Results A total of 18 patients met the inclusion criteria. The LDL, HDL, and TC levels significantly increased three months following the switch (p<0.05), with median (interquartile range) values of 17 (7, 32), 6 (2, 13), and 27 (10, 45) mg/dL, respectively. The TG values did not markedly change.

    Conclusion Switching from TDF/FTC to ABC/3TC resulted in significantly increased LDL, HDL, and TC levels.