Hitoshi Nakaji

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BACKGROUND Recent evidence suggests that YKL-40, also called chitinase-3-like-1 protein, is involved in the pathogenesis of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Details of sputum YKL-40 in asthma and COPD, however, remain unknown. OBJECTIVES To clarify associations of sputum YKL-40 levels with clinical indices in asthma and COPD. (More)
BACKGROUND Eosinophilic inflammation of the small airways is a key process in asthma that often smolders in treated patients. The long-term effects of add-on therapy on the persistent inflammation in the small airways remain unknown. OBJECTIVE To examine the effects of add-on therapy with either ciclesonide, an inhaled corticosteroid with extrafine(More)
BACKGROUND The character or timing of chronic cough is considered to be unpredictable for diagnosing its cause. However, the associations of cough triggers with cough pathophysiology remains unknown. METHODS We developed a closed questionnaire listing 18 triggers that were reported by ≥1% of 213 patients in a retrospective survey. Using this(More)
BACKGROUND Epidemiological studies have shown that smoking increases the propensity for atopy and asthma. However, the effects of smoking on atopy and eosinophilic inflammation in asthmatics, including the elderly, remain unknown. OBJECTIVE To determine the effects of smoking on serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels and eosinophilic inflammation in(More)
BACKGROUND Substance P (SP) is involved in the pathogenesis of cough in animal models. However, few studies in humans have been reported and the roles of SP in clinical cough remain obscure. OBJECTIVES To clarify the relevance of plasma levels of SP in patients with persistent cough. METHODS We studied 82 patients with cough persisting for at least 3(More)
BACKGROUND Comprehensive studies of the pathophysiologic characteristics of elderly asthma, including predominant site of disease, airway inflammation profiles, and airway hyperresponsiveness, are scarce despite their clinical importance. OBJECTIVE To clarify the pathophysiologic characteristics of elderly patients with asthma. METHODS Patients older(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammation of peripheral airways is implicated in the pathophysiology of severe asthma. However, contributions of peripheral airway inflammation to airway caliber/function in patients with stable asthma, including those with mild to moderate disease, remain to be confirmed. OBJECTIVES To determine whether peripheral airway inflammation(More)
BACKGROUND Small airways play important roles in the pathophysiology of asthma. However, relationships between small airway involvement and health status and dyspnea have not been investigated. OBJECTIVES It was the aim of this study to assess the relationships between proximal and peripheral airway functions and health status, dyspnea and disease control(More)
BACKGROUND Omalizumab, a humanized anti-IgE monoclonal antibody, is reportedly an effective treatment for severe allergic asthma. However, there have been few comprehensive analyses of its efficacy, including assessments of small airways or airway remodeling. OBJECTIVE To comprehensively evaluate the efficacy of omalizumab, including its effects on small(More)