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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)
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 AND STUDY AIMS Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) can remove early gastric cancer (EGC) en bloc. We sought to assess the feasibility and efficacy of ESD and the clinical outcomes based on the indication criteria. PATIENTS AND METHODS 551 patients with 589 EGC lesions were divided into the guideline criteria group (elevated lesion < or =20(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) permits removal of esophageal epithelial neoplasms en bloc, but is associated with esophageal stenosis, particularly when ESD involves the entire circumference of the esophageal lumen. We examined the effectiveness of systemic steroid administration for control of postprocedural esophageal stricture after(More)
BACKGROUND Heart failure is a highly prevalent disorder that continues to be associated with repeated hospitalizations, high morbidity, and high mortality. Sleep-related breathing disorders with repetitive episodes of asphyxia may adversely affect heart function. The main aims of this study were to determine the prevalence, consequences, and differences in(More)
A 67-year-old man with nausea, appetite loss, frequent diarrhea and severe weight loss presented with alopecia, skin hyperpigmentation and onychodystrophy. Laboratory investigations showed mild anemia, hypoproteinemia and hypoalbuminemia. Colonoscopy identified the numerous, hyperemic and sessile polyps with mucous exudation of various sizes throughout the(More)
OBJECTIVES Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) has advantages over conventional endoscopic mucosa resection. The number of elderly patients (more than 75 years old) with early gastric cancer (EGC) has been steadily increasing. We sought to assess clinical outcomes of ESD for EGC in elderly. METHODS ESD was performed for patients with EGC, who fulfilled(More)
Myocardial uptake and washout of thallium-201 (201TI) were studied in an experimental dog model in which regional blood flow to the posterior wall was varied by transient 2-minute occlusion of the circumflex coronary artery to produce transient ischemia and reactive hyperemia. Thallium-201 myocardial activity in a region of interest was determined(More)
A 48-year-old woman was admitted because of spiking high fever, sore throat, and jaundice. A diagnosis was made of adult-onset Still disease (AOSD) presenting with acute hepatitis and very high serum ferritin levels (32,240 ng/mL), and she was treated with 2 courses of pulse therapy of methylprednisolone (2 g/day for 3 days) followed by 40 mg/day(More)