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BACKGROUND Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication in diabetes, with patients typically experiencing diverse sensory symptoms including dysesthesias in the feet and usually accompanied by sleep disturbance. There is still no comprehensive understanding of the underlying biologic processes responsible for diabetic neuropathic pain. Thus, the current(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term benefits of the aggressive treatments with resection or transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) for recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Primary HCC is one of the most fatal malignancies in Taiwan. The result of resection for HCC remains unsatisfactory, primarily due(More)
A subset of sporadic gastric cancers (GC) exhibits microsatellite instability (MSI). To define the precise role of MSI in GC, a total of 100 patients with sporadic GC were classified into three groups, i.e., high-frequency MSI (MSI-H), low-frequency MSI (MSI-L), and microsatellite stable (MSS), based on 10 microsatellite markers. Mutational analyses of(More)
XRCC1 plays a central role in mammalian DNA repair processes. Two polymorphisms of XRCC1, rs1799782 (Arg > Trp at codon 194) and rs25487 (Arg > Gln at codon 399), are common in the Han Chinese population. Our objective was to analyze the relationship between these two functional single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)(More)
To elucidate the role of p53 mutation in hepatocarcinogenesis in Taiwan, a hepatitis B viral infection hyperendemic area, exons 5 to 8 of the p53 gene in the tumor tissue of 61 hepatocellular carcinomas were amplified and sequenced. A total of 20 cases (32.8%) were found to have mutations; 36.6% (15 of 41) for the hepatitis B surface antigen positive group(More)
From February 1990 to January 1991, 19 cases of hydronephrosis in children of less than one year of age were managed at Mackay Memorial Hospital. In the majority of these patients, there were evident causes such as ureteropelvic junction stenosis, ureterovesical reflux or a posterior urethral valve for which definite therapeutic measures were performed.(More)
To assess the contribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in liver disease in Taiwan, antibody to HCV (anti-HCV) was studied by radioimmunoassay in 392 patients with chronic liver disease and in 440 healthy adults and 444 subjects at risk. The anti-HCV prevalence was 0.95% in 420 volunteer blood donors, 90% in 100 hemophiliacs, and 81% in 58 parenteral drug(More)
The growth rate of 31 asymptomatic hepatocellular carcinomas (diameter less than or equal to 5 cm) discovered in 28 patients by a prospective screening program was determined by real-time ultrasonography over 36-860 days. Except for one tumor that shrank on follow-up, the doubling time ranged from 29 to 398 days, with a median of 117 days, an arithmetic(More)
The subjects of this study were 48 asymptomatic patients who had surgery for small hepatocellar carcinoma (HCC). There were 42 men and six women with mean (s.d.) tumour size of 3.31 (1.46) cm and age 55.0 (7.4) years. Follow-up was for a minimum of 10 years. The main concern of this study was a univariate analysis of factors that might affect long-term(More)
The morphologic features and their prognostic significance were analyzed in 83 surgically resected hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC): 44 of them were of less than or equal to 5 cm in diameter and 39 were larger. This study demonstrated a high prevalence of tumor capsule in both small and large HCCs, 86.4% and 84.6%, respectively. In small HCC, the capsule(More)