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We have attempted to design classification criteria for adult Still's disease by analyzing the data obtained through a multicenter survey of 90 Japanese patients with this disease and of 267 control patients. The proposed criteria consisted of fever, arthralgia, typical rash, and leukocytosis as major, and sore throat, lymphadenopathy and/or splenomegaly,(More)
The glycoprotein vitronectin (also called S-protein, serum spreading factor, or epibolin) promotes spreading of a variety of cultured cells, inhibits the cytotoxicity of membrane attack complex C5b-9, and modulates thrombin-antithrombin III activity. We developed a strikingly simple method to purify vitronectin from human plasma by heparin affinity(More)
PURPOSE The objective of this study was to determine the benefits of adjuvant radiotherapy after radical resection of locally advanced main hepatic duct carcinoma (Klatskin tumor). METHODS AND MATERIALS We conducted a retrospective review of 63 patients who underwent surgical resection of Stage IVA Klatskin tumor. Of the 63 patients, 47 had microscopic(More)
BACKGROUND alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in serum are widely used as tumor markers in the evaluation of prognosis and management of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and prostate cancer, respectively. To establish the molecular diagnosis of cancer, reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for AFP and PSA(More)
A comprehensive survey of Japanese patients with adult Still's disease was made by questionnaire which was sent to major institutions with rheumatology units in Japan. Of 146 cases from 32 institutions, 90 were judged to be definitely diagnosed as adult Still's disease. The major clinical features in these 90 patients consisted of high fever,(More)
As an increase in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has been reported in Japan, and public interest in GERD has been increasing, the Japanese Society of Gastroenterology published the Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for GERD (1st edition) in 2009. Six years have passed since its publication, and there have been a large number of reports in(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of the study was to establish an animal model of chronic acid reflux esophagitis which could be used for further investigations of the pathophysiology of reflux esophagitis. METHODS Esophagitis was produced by ligating the transitional region between the forestomach and the glandular portion with a 2-0 silk thread and covering the(More)
A 49-year-old woman underwent upper gastrointestinal endoscopic examination for epigastric discomfort, revealing giant folds on the greater curvature of the stomach. Histological examinations of biopsy specimens taken from the giant folds showed signs of chronic inflammation, and Helicobacter pylori was also identified. She underwent first-step H. pylori(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with metachronous multiple colorectal carcinomas have been reported to have a higher frequency of a family history of colorectal carcinoma, associated colorectal adenomas, and extracolonic malignancies. These clinicopathologic factors also are considered to be related to the development of metachronous multiple colorectal carcinomas(More)
A 50-year-old man experienced sudden chest pain radiating into his left shoulder about 16 months after undergoing an open splenectomy for malignant splenic lymphoma. As the patient did not respond to conservative therapy, he was transferred to our hospital. Computed tomography of the chest showed that the upper stomach had herniated into the thoracic(More)