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BACKGROUND Uterine myomas are benign tumors of the uterus, occurring in up to 25% of women of reproductive age. We examined the possible causes for different degrees of volume reduction in patients with uterine myomas who received gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) treatment by investigating the hormone receptors at the end of GnRHa treatment.(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of lesion length on in-stent restenosis (ISR) of vertebral artery (VA) origin stenting. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed the medical and radiological records of patients receiving VA origin stenting from March 1999 to June 2005. They were subdivided according to lesion length. ISR was defined as >50% diameter narrowing(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical significance of preoperative serum levels of interleukin-10 (IL-10) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in patients with resectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA IL-10 is an immunosuppressive factor and IL-6 is a multifunctional cytokine that plays a role in host defense mechanisms. Both have been reported(More)
BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) plays an important role in cancer invasion and metastasis. The relationship between serum MMP-9 levels and clinicopathological factors in gastric cancer patients is not clear. MATERIALS AND METHODS Preoperative serum was obtained from 170 patients who had undergone gastrectomy for gastric cancer at the(More)
The expression of gene products of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) on the cell surface is known to play an important role in immunological responses. While some studies have reported the presence of MHC antigens on hepatocytes, information about specific, sensitive hepatocyte MHC antigen expression in various liver diseases is minimal. To(More)
Constrictive pericarditis is a complication of tuberculous pericarditis that necessitates surgical intervention. In this study, we sought to identify echocardiographic features that could predict the development of constrictive pericarditis from acute or subacute pericarditis. From January 1988 through May 1998, all patients with a discharge diagnosis of(More)
To evaluate the accuracy of various types of wall motion response during dobutamine echocardiography (DE) in predicting functional recovery after revascularization, we studied 30 patients with stable coronary disease and left ventricular dysfunction by simultaneous DE and (201)Tl reinjection SPECT. Among 480 segments (16 segments/patient), 199 had abnormal(More)
Glucocorticoid and progesterone receptors, tyrosine aminotransferase, gamma-glutamyltransferase and alpha-fetoprotein levels were determined in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and adjacent liver tissues. Glucocorticoid receptor was present in seven of ten HCC samples, values ranged from 1.9 to 66.8 fmol/mg protein. Progesterone receptor was present in(More)
Contents of the progesterone receptors (PgR) and estrogen receptors (ER) in 18 gastric adenocarcinoma tissues were determined using both the dextran-coated charcoal (DCC) assay and enzyme immunoassay (EIA). PgR were found in 15 cancer tissues (range, 1.0-58.8 fmol/mg protein) and 12 normal mucosal tissues (range, 1.4-26.8 fmol/mg protein) by DCC assay,(More)