Chiaki Shigamasa

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BACKGROUND The angiotensin receptor blocker losartan inhibited urate transporter 1 (URAT1) according to in vitro experiments. However, it is still unknown whether the inhibitory effect of losartan on URAT1 contributes to its uricosuric action in humans. METHODS Thirty-two patients with hypertension and nine patients with idiopathic renal hypouricemia(More)
Secondary amyloidosis is well recognized as a severe complication in the late stages of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, there have been few reported cases of secondary amyloidosis developing early during the course of RA. We here report the case of a 35-year-old woman, in whom RA who had been diagnosed 1 year before, with intractable watery diarrhea as(More)
Autonomic failure is rare in patients with Sjögren syndrome (SS). We report the case of a 46-year-old woman with severe autonomic cardiovascular failure, manifested by incapacitating postural hypotension, as the first symptom of primary SS. Treatment with glucocorticoid resulted in a dramatic improvement of her symptoms and objective findings of autonomic(More)
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