Kaku Yoshimi

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BACKGROUND Pulmonary rehabilitation has generally relieved symptoms, strengthened exercise endurance and improved health-related quality of life (QOL) in patients with COPD, but recovery of pulmonary function remains questionable. This analysis of our innovative rehabilitation program is directed at documenting changes in patients' expiratory airflow(More)
A 26-year-old-woman was given a diagnosis of Wegener's granulomatosis and began treatment by both prednisolone and cyclophosphamide at another institution. She was then admitted to our hospital due to progressive multiple pulmonary nodules. A diagnosis of pulmonary metastases from bladder cancer was established with radiological and histological(More)
A 53-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital due to a severe respiratory condition and malnutrition. Radiological and electrophysiological findings suggested the existence of inexplicable cor pulmonale. Although we commenced to determine the causes of her severe condition, she suddenly died 3 days after admission. Postmortem autopsy revealed tumor cell(More)
BACKGROUND Poor exercise tolerability is a major barrier to improving the quality of life of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although COPD is often treated with long-acting β2 adrenergic agonists, few studies have examined their effects on exercise tolerability. METHODS In this study, Japanese COPD patients were treated with 2(More)
BACKGROUND The usefulness of ultrasound-guided needle aspiration for subpleural lesions has been reported. However, no reports have evaluated its usefulness and safety in patients with respiratory comorbidities such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and interstitial pneumonia (IP), which can increase the risk of iatrogenic pneumothorax. In(More)
The patient was an 84-year-old man patient diagnosed as malignant pleurisy associated with lung cancer. After drainage of the right pleural effusion, pleurodesis with distilled water was performed. Despite the enlargement of the primary lesion of the lung cancer during the follow-up period, the amount of pleural effusion did not increase for more than one(More)
Patients with chronic respiratory disease have increased susceptibility to infection, because of impairment of the local immunologic defense mechanism in the airway system, which often results in acute exacerbation. Acute exacerbation of chronic respiratory disease is one of the most important predictors of increased morbidity and mortality, and thus the(More)
This report describes two patients with sporadic lymphangioleiomyomatosis complicated by protein-losing enteropathy (PLE). Imaging studies indicated retroperitoneal lymphangioleiomyomas and abnormalities of the adjacent digestive tract. Endoscopic mucosal biopsy revealed colonic lymphangiectasia in one patient; whereas the site in the other patient was(More)
The diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide (DLco) is usually measured by the single breath method with a 10-second breath hold. With the introduction of rapid gas analyzers, an alternative method for measurement of DLco, the intrabreath method, has been developed. The intrabreath method does not depend upon length of time or other conditions(More)