Fumihiro Takeguchi

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OBJECTIVE There have been few studies on cyclosporine (CsA) monotherapy in adult minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS). To delineate CsA therapy as new treatment options for MCNS, we conducted a prospective single-center study. METHODS We assessed the efficacy of 3 different regimens in 36 patients, consisting of 26 first attacks or 10 relapses, of(More)
There are various forms of renal lesions in patients with human immunodeficiency virus(HIV), however reported cases of immune-complex glomerulonephritis are scarce. Here we describe an HIV-positive patient with Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis(HSPN), which presented as nephrotic syndrome. In addition to therapy combined with glucocorticosteroid and(More)
BACKGROUND Recommended protein intake for dialysis patients is much higher compared with allowance for normal adults. The authors tried to make a consideration on balancing among nutrient intake, dialysis dose, and nutritional status in maintenance dialysis patients. METHODS In 57 patients, 13 on hemodialysis (HD) and 44 on continuous ambulatory(More)
Icodextrin peritoneal dialysis solution reportedly benefits patients suffering from metabolic derangement due to glucose load from dialysate. However, the effects of icodextrin on insulin resistance and adipocytokine profile remain unclear. Subjects comprised 14 stable patients on peritoneal dialysis for >6 months. Their mean age was 57 +/- 11 years and the(More)
OBJECTIVES The effects of additional low-dose carvedilol were evaluated in maintenance hemodialysis patients with asymptomatic left ventricular systolic dysfunction for 2 years. METHODS Thirteen hemodialysis patients with asymptomatic left ventricular systolic dysfunction (left ventricular ejection fraction < 45%) were given carvedilol (5 mg) at every(More)
We investigated fluctuation of compliance with a low protein diet and the influence on the rate of decline in renal function. Twenty-seven patients with diabetic renal failure who were prescribed a low protein diet of 0.6 g/kg/day were followed during a period of 12 months. Dietary compliance was evaluated based on a 4-day dietary diary, interview with(More)
We investigated 1) the association between serum albumin levels(Alb) at the initiation of dialysis and survival after a mean follow-up period of 30.1 +/- 23.1 months following the commencement of chronic dialysis, and 2) the factors associated with hypoalbuminemia at the initiation of dialysis in diabetic patients with end-stage renal failure(ESRF). A(More)
Nutritional status is one of the most important factors affecting mortality and morbidity in chronic dialysis patients. There are, however, few data on serial body composition changes in these patients. To investigate serial changes in body composition in patients on peritoneal dialysis, we measured intracellular fluid volume(ICF), extracellular fluid(More)
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