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Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) has been shown to promote wound healing. The present trial evaluated the clinical efficacy of bFGF for diabetic ulcer, a type of refractory skin ulcer, and the dose-response relationship. This was designed as a randomized, double-blind, dose-ranging, placebo-controlled trial. A total of 150 patients with non-ischaemic(More)
A 39-year-old man was first evaluated 12 years ago for erosive erythema of the left lower eyelid. The response to topical therapy was poor. The eyelid lesion was excised on the patient's demand 6 years ago and blepharoplasty was performed. However, recurrence of erythematous plaques at the same site prompted referral to our department. Examination(More)
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease associated with various complications such as arthritis, diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Hepatitis C is caused by chronic infection of hepatitis C virus (HCV), and eventually leads to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Although an association between psoriasis and HCV has been reported, there(More)
A case of dermatomyositis with tuberculous fasciitis is described. A 69-year-old Japanese man treated with prednisolone for dermatomyositis developed erythema and bilateral swelling of arms and forearms. A diagnosis of tuberculous fasciitis was confirmed by the presence of acid-fast bacilli in a biopsy specimen and the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis(More)
Objective. Bcl-2 and Bax proteins regulate apoptosis independently, cooperatively, or both in vitro. The purpose of this study was to clarify the association between their expression with spontaneous apoptosis and various clinicopathologic features in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Methods. Bcl-2 protein, Bax protein, and spontaneous(More)
Since 1999, combination therapy with tacrolimus and topical steroids has been widely used for the treatment of adolescent/adult-type atopic dermatitis. In order to determine the clinical doses of topical tacrolimus and steroids for daily treatment of atopic dermatitis and to elucidate their beneficial and adverse effects, we analyzed the clinical data from(More)
A multicenter randomized controlled study was conducted to assess the long-term efficacy and safety of cyclosporin A therapy for psoriasis using either a continuous or an intermittent regimen. Initially, both regimens consisted of 3-5 mg/kg/day administration of CyA. Once remission was obtained, CyA dose was maintained between 0.5 and 3 mg/kg/day under the(More)
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare cutaneous malignancy with a high rate of nodal metastasis. Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is used in MCC and other cancers to identify regional node micrometastases in patients with clinically negative nodes; however, whether SLN status is associated with recurrence or prognosis in MCC is unclear. A statistical(More)