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OBJECTIVE Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) has the advantage over conventional endoscopic mucosa resection, permitting removal of early gastric cancer (EGC) en bloc, but long-term clinical outcomes remain unknown. A follow-up study on tumour recurrence and survival after ESD was conducted. METHOD ESD was performed for patients with EGC that(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) permits en bloc removal of superficial esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. However, postprocedure stricture is common after ESD for extensive tumors, and multiple endoscopic balloon dilation (EBD) is required for recalcitrant cases. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of oral prednisolone in(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) permits removal of colorectal epithelial neoplasms en bloc, but a substantial risk of procedure-related perforation has been reported. We sought to unravel the clinicopathological factors associated with the clinical outcomes of ESD for colorectal epithelial neoplasms in a large series. (More)
BACKGROUND Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is often diagnosed at later stages until they are incurable. MicroRNA (miR) is a small, non-coding RNA that negatively regulates gene expression mainly via translational repression. Accumulating evidence indicates that deregulation of miR is associated with human malignancies including ESCC. The aim of(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to clarify the efficacy of peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for esophageal achalasia. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-eight esophageal achalasia patients who underwent POEM in our institution between August 2010 and October 2012 were enrolled. Under general anesthesia with tracheal intubation, initial incision was(More)
Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) enables the curative resection of early gastric cancer (EGC); however, little information is available on the long-term outcomes of ESD. This study was conducted to clarify the clinical outcomes of a large number of patients with EGC who underwent ESD. The early outcomes were assessed in 1,209 patients and the(More)
BACKGROUND Ascertaining the optimal distal margin of resection in sphincter-preserving surgery has become an important problem. This study was designed to examine distal rectal spread of rectal carcinoma and to determine the optimal distal margin of resection for sphincter-preserving surgery. METHODS Six hundred ten consecutive specimens of resected(More)
UNLABELLED It has been shown that the heparin-degrading endosulfatase, sulfatase 1 (SULF1), functions as a liver tumor suppressor, but the role of the related sulfatase, sulfatase 2 (SULF2), in liver carcinogenesis remains to be elucidated. We investigated the effect of SULF2 on liver tumorigenesis. Expression of SULF2 was increased in 79 (57%) of 139(More)
OBJECTIVES There are contradictory reports on the relationship between Helicobacter pylori and circulating ghrelin. We sought to clarify the influence of H. pylori infection on gastric and plasma ghrelin dynamics in humans. METHODS Using endoscopic biopsies from the corpus of 56 H. pylori-infected patients and 25 uninfected subjects, ghrelin mRNA(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Fatty liver is not uncommon in many countries, including Japan, and is mainly caused by alcohol usage and obesity. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence and causative factors of fatty liver in Japanese adults. METHODS The clinical characteristics of 3432 Japanese adults who visited our hospital between January and(More)