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Synovitis, which is characterized by the infiltration of inflammatory cells, often accompanies progression of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) symptoms. Because IL-1β is elevated in synovial fluids obtained from TMDs, we hypothesized that IL-1β-responsive genes in synoviocytes may help identify the putative genes associated with synovitis. Using(More)
BACKGROUND In this study, we analyzed the gene expression profile of fibroblast-like synoviocyte (FLS) cultures from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to identify candidate genes associated with intracapsular pathologic conditions of TMJ. Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 was one of the genes in FLS upregulated following stimulation by interleukin (IL)-1beta, a(More)
BACKGROUND Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is an autoimmune disease characterized by acantholysis in the epithelium. PV is often difficult to diagnose in the early stages, since the oral lesions are relatively nonspecific. We report on a case with a favorable outcome due to early diagnosis and effective treatment of oral lesions. METHODS A 53-year-old Japanese(More)
Carcinoma cuniculatum (CC) is a rare neoplasm of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and remains a histopathological challenge to pathologists because of its low incidence and unique architecture. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to illustrate the clinicopathological findings and biological behavior about this distinctive lesion. Clinical and(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the clinicopathological and immunohistochemical features of lipoma/fibrolipoma with rare occasions as osseous and/or chondroid differentiation in the oral cavity. Two cases of the tumors, who presented with a painless, relatively hard mass on the oral mucosa, were studied. These were consisted of a(More)
We report a rare case of acinic cell carcinoma of the palate in a 63-year-old Japanese woman. Clinical examination demonstrated a firm, mobile mass without regional lymph-adenopathy. Histopathologically, the tumor was composed of large, polyhedral or round cells with basophilic granular cytoplasm (serous acinar-like cells) and reticular or clear cytoplasmic(More)
BACKGROUND Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) frequently begins with oral lesions and progresses to skin lesions. A patient is described who developed skin lesions during follow-up and whose only initial symptom was desquamative gingivitis (DG). METHODS A 31-year-old woman presented with a 2-month history of painful gingiva. The diagnosis of PV was made according to(More)
Pemphigus Vulgaris (PV) is an autoimmune intraepithelial blistering disease involving the skin and mucous membranes. Oral mucosa is frequently affected in patients with PV, and oral lesions may be the first sign of the disease in majority of patients. In some patients, oral lesions may also be followed by skin involvement. Therefore, timely recognition and(More)
A rare case of myoepithelioma of the buccal gland in a 54-year-old Japanese woman is reported. As the swelling exhibited a normal mucosal color and was relatively well defined, showing no ulcers, a benign salivary gland tumor was suspected upon clinical inspection. Microscopically, the parenchyma of the present case mainly consisted of plasmacytoid cells(More)
The aim of this study was to characterize the clinical and diagnostic features of mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP). Five MMP patients were evaluated, and biopsies were obtained for routine histopathology and direct immunofluorescence. Circulating autoantibodies were verified by indirect immunofluorescence. Circulating immunoglobulin G autoantibody specific(More)