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IgG4-related disease is a recently recognized multi-organ disorder characterized by high levels of serum IgG4 and dense infiltration of IgG4-positive cells into several organs. Although the pancreas was the first organ recognized to be affected by IgG4-related disorder in the syndrome of autoimmune pancreatitis, we present here clinico-pathological features(More)
Long-term follow-up for IgG4-related kidney disease, including relapse information, is sparse. To gather data on this we retrospectively examined the clinical course of 43 patients with IgG4-related kidney disease, in which most patients were treated with, and maintained on, corticosteroids. One month after the start of treatment, most of the abnormal(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the in vitro effects of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles loaded with the photosensitizer methylene blue (MB) and light against Enterococcus faecalis (ATCC 29212). MATERIALS AND METHODS The uptake and distribution of nanoparticles in E. faecalis in suspension was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM)(More)
Background and study aims Short-type single-balloon enteroscope (short SBE)-assisted endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a promising alternative treatment in postsurgical altered anatomy. However, it is technically demanding, and factors affecting its technical difficulty have not yet been clarified. This study aimed to examine the(More)
AIM To evaluate the feasibility of the real-time virtual needle tracking system for percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS An electromagnetic field created by an ultrasound (US) machine detected the tracking bracket mounted onto the RFA needle. When the needle tip was confirmed to be in the accurate plane(More)
BACKGROUND Acanthosis nigricans (AN) is a skin condition characterized by darkening and thickening of skin with formation of irregular folds, usually limited to a few specific areas of the body. Recently, AN has been reported to be linked to hyperinsulinemia and obesity. The aim of the present study was to determine whether or not the presence of AN in(More)
PURPOSE A phase II trial combining cisplatin, carboplatin and etoposide was conducted in previously untreated patients with stage IIIB and IV small-cell lung cancer, in an attempt to increase response rates and prolong survival. METHODS Previously untreated patients with small-cell lung cancer, with measurable disease, aged < or = 72 years, performance(More)
OBJECTIVE Resistin is associated with insulin resistance in mice and may play a similar role in humans. The aim of our study was to examine the relationship of serum resistin level to body composition, insulin resistance, and related obesity phenotypes in humans. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES Sixty-four young (age 32 +/- 10 years), obese (BMI 32.9 +/-(More)
We report three patients with tubulointerstitial nephritis (TIN) with high serum IgG4 concentrations. None of the patients had notable pancreatic lesions when the TIN developed, although one had a history of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP). Nevertheless, the clinicopathological findings were quite similar to those of AIP. They were all middle-aged to elderly(More)
BACKGROUND Although elective cesarean sections are often performed after the 37th week of gestation without any complicating factor that may influence the timing of delivery,there is a possibility that infants born in the 37th week of gestation,especially early in the 37th week of gestation, do not obtain a satisfactory clinical outcome due to premature(More)