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Nocardiosis is caused by gram-positive aerobic actinomycetes that live in soil and are known to be responsible for opportunistic infections. The condition mostly affects the lung, brain or skin. Here, we present a 24-year-old Japanese woman who had had systemic lupus erythematosus since the age of 20 years, and lupus nephritis since the age of 23 years. She(More)
Autoimmune bullous diseases are classified into pemphigus and pemphigoid. Pemphigus is designated as incurable disease by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and it is said that pemphigus is difficult to care and can be fatal. The clinical course of bullous pemphigoid (BP) is better than that of pemphigus. However, as to the incidence of internal(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life (QOL) of patients with psoriasis in Japan using Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI). Furthermore, we had evaluated the correlation between DLQI and clinical severity of psoriasis. METHODS The Japanese version of DLQI was used to assess the QOL of patients. Psoriasis area and severity(More)
Chromomycosis is a chronic fungal disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissues caused by a group of dematiaceous black fungi. Small lesions can be removed with excision, but other cases are difficult to treat. We report a case of chromomycosis caused by Fonsecaea pedrosoi (F. pedrosoi). The case involved a 74-year-old man, who had noted a lesion on the back(More)
Oxidative stress derived from ultraviolet (UV) light in sunlight induces different hazardous effects in the skin, including sunburn, photo-aging and DNA mutagenesis. In this study, the protein-bound lipid peroxidation products 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (HNE) and the oxidative DNA damage marker 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8OHdG) were investigated in chronically(More)
A 72-year-old woman visited our clinic with fever of unknown origin above 38°C and arthralgia from 7 months before. Her symptoms recurred as oral steroid was reduced. Random skin biopsy was carried out from five points. One of the five specimens taken from abdomen revealed large atypical lymphoid cells in the vascular space of subcutaneous fat.(More)
A 81-year-old man with a patch of scaly erythema on his scrotum visited Hiratsuka Kyosai Hospital in June 2006. Reddish, scaly plaques, which were untreated, were present on his back and lower legs since 1999. Pathological examination of the lesions on the scrotum revealed Bowen's disease; therefore he was referred to our clinic for further treatment.(More)
BACKGROUND A quantitative understanding of the histological alteration of the skin is important for assessing the severity of photoaging. METHODS We performed Elastica-van Gieson staining and immunohistochemistry for decorin on 34 facial skin sections. We evaluated the alteration of collagen fibers and decorin (a modulator for collagen fibrillogenesis),(More)
Various therapies have been tried for psoriasis. In Japan, biologics began to be used for psoriasis treatment in January 2010. Their clinical efficacy is well known, but biologics cannot be used in all psoriasis patients for reasons such as side-effects and cost. It is necessary to evaluate the effect of long-term psoriasis treatment, but there have been no(More)
A 51-year-old man visited our hospital complaining of a tumor located above his lip. He had been hit on his upper left lip by a chopstick holder 2 months previously. The lesion turned into a tumor and gradually enlarged. The tumor was well circumscribed, smooth and covered with reddish, partially milk-white skin. During surgery to remove the tumor, a piece(More)