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The present study evaluated the expression of hepcidin mRNA in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Samples of cancerous and non-cancerous liver tissue were taken from 40 patients with HCC who underwent hepatectomy. Expression of hepcidin mRNA was evaluated by real-time PCR, and compared in tumors differing in their degree of differentiation, number of tumors,(More)
PURPOSE Rotator cuff tear is the most common shoulder disease in patients with shoulder problems, but its prevalence is not well known. METHODS We performed a health care check-up of locomotive organs in 664 residents (21.3% of the population) in one village. Ultrasonography on bilateral shoulders was performed in all the participants. RESULTS One(More)
We present a successful laparoscopic treatment of paraesophageal hiatal hernia with an incarceration of the pancreas and jejunum. The patient was a 75-year-old woman who had complaints of epigastric pain and dysphasia. A chest x-ray revealed a mediastinal air-fluid level. Chest computed tomography showed intestinal contents, body and tail of the pancreas,(More)
A 67-year-old male, who had a left hepatectomy for hepatocellular carcinoma, was readmitted to our hospital because of a left hemiparesis. A brain computed tomography scan and an r-carotid angiogram revealed a large mass involving the right parietal area, and thus a brain tumor removal was performed. A histological diagnosis of the removed brain tumor found(More)
BACKGROUND This study clarified the long-term results of conservative treatment of rotator cuff tears. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study focused on 103 shoulders diagnosed with rotator cuff tears by magnetic resonance imaging or arthrography at our institution from 1996 to 1999. Sixty-five shoulders were followed up by telephone survey and 43 of these(More)
BACKGROUND Sarcomere length is one of the factors related to the contractile ability of muscle. There is no report about sarcomere length of torn rotator cuff muscles. The purpose of this study was to clarify sarcomere length of torn rotator cuff muscles. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-eight embalmed cadaver shoulders (14 shoulders with intact rotator cuff(More)
Traumatic dislocation most commonly occurs at the shoulder joint. After an initial dislocation of the shoulder, the labrum is usually detached from the glenoid (Bankart lesion). If this lesion fails to heal, surgical repair is necessary. The purpose of this study was to determine the histological and biomechanical healing process of a simulated Bankart(More)
OBJECTIVE A retrospective study was conducted to compare measured creatinine clearance (Ccr) with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) as a preoperative renal function test in patients undergoing pancreatoduodenectomy. METHODS The records of 139 patients undergoing pancreatoduodenectomy were enrolled, and preoperative Ccr, a 3-variable equation for(More)
Nodular fasciitis is a benign reactive lesion, often mistaken for a soft tissue sarcoma in clinical practice. Involvement of the finger is very rare and, as a result, in this location the lesion has sometimes been treated by ray amputation because of misdiagnosis. We report on the clinical and histological features of nodular fasciitis in a 30-year-old man(More)
Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound is a pain-free therapy performed daily at home by the patient and has been shown to promote fracture healing. Teriparatide is a parathyroid hormone preparation that activates osteoblastic bone formation and is also reported to be effective in promoting bony union. We report the case of a 56-year-old Japanese male with a(More)