Akira Muramatsu

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We report on a case of a stromal tumor, similar to a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, originating from the pancreas. The patient was a 54-year-old woman, who was seen at the Kofu Municipal Hospital because of an abdominal tumor. On abdominal computed tomography and splenic arteriography, the tumor was detected in the pancreatic tail. The patient underwent(More)
To determine the best indicator of the effective use of interferon and lamivudine for the treatment of hepatitis B e antigen-positive chronic hepatitis, we retrospectively analyzed histologic and virologic status in 200 patients who were treated with interferon and 45 patients who were treated with lamivudine. Histological grading and staging scores were(More)
BACKGROUND The frequency of RET rearrangements (RET/PTC) in papillary thyroid carcinomas varies significantly according to geographic area, with the greatest incidence reported in the Belarus region, which is iodine-deficient and was contaminated severely after the Chernobyl reactor accident, and with the lowest incidence in iodine-rich, nonirradiated(More)
Basement membrane (BM) alteration in thyroid diseases was examined by immunohistochemistry using antibodies for the three major BM proteins: type IV collagen, laminin and heparan sulphate proteoglycan. Linear epithelial BMs surrounding follicles accompanied by vascular BMs forming loops, similar to those seen in the normal thyroid, were observed in Graves'(More)
The present study aimed to establish a novel efficient nonviral strategy for suicide gene transfer in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in vivo. We employed branched polyethylenimine (PEI) and combined it with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-based plasmid vectors. The HCC cells transfected with an EBV-based plasmid carrying the herpes simplex virus-1 thymidine kinase(More)
Acute pancreatitis, an uncommon side effect of pegylated interferon α (PEG-IFN α) and ribavirin (RBV) combination therapy, has rarely been reported in the English language literature. Here, acute pancreatitis associated with PEG-IFN plus RBV treatment is described in three patients with chronic hepatitis C, genotype 1b with high serum hepatitis C virus RNA(More)
Primary pulmonary malignant lymphoma is a rare disease that is thought to belong to a category of malignant lymphomas arising from mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT). We presented 2 cases of MALT lymphoma. Case 1: In a 39-year-old woman, an abnormal shadow was detected in chest radiography in the left S3. The diagnosis was organizing pneumonia in(More)
It is important to detect liver involvement in extranodal lesions in malignant hematologic disorders to make accurate diagnoses and estimate their clinical stage. We report seven cases of malignant lymphoma and a case of histiocytosis X. All patients expressed positive C-reactive protein and a high erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and a high serum value of(More)
A test structure and method for two-dimensional analysis of fabrication process and reliability of MOSFET using a photoemission microscope are presented. Arrays of 20/spl times/10(=200) MOSFETs were successfully measured at a time and evaluated the fluctuation of their characteristics. The fluctuation of hot-carrier-induced photoemission intensity was(More)
Ninety-one small differentiated thyroid carcinomas less than 10 mm in size treated during the last 33 years were subjected to clinical study. In 44 of the 91 cases, tumor was found incidentally at surgery, while in the remaining 47 a thyroid mass was palpable before operation. A preoperative diagnosis of carcinoma could not be made in nodules less than 5 mm(More)