Kazuhisa Urushihata

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A 71-year-old man was admitted with malaise, mild fever, anorexia, body weight loss, lower back pain, thirst, and polydipsia. He showed bilateral swelling of the submandibular glands. Examinations showed panhypopituitarism and a high serum IgG4 concentration. Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) revealed uptake in the pituitary gland,(More)
INTRODUCTION Thymic carcinoma is a rare epithelial neoplasm that tends to be aggressive and metastasize widely. The optimal chemotherapy for unresectable advanced thymic carcinoma has not yet been established because of its rare occurrence. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of combination chemotherapy with doxorubicin,(More)
Worsening gas exchange during exercise and during exacerbations of COPD contributes to systemic hypoxaemia and reduces quality of life. However, pulmonary haemodynamic changes under such conditions are not well understood. Right heart catheterization was performed in six patients with severe COPD (%FEV(1) < 50%) during rest, exercise and during an(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The SD-101 is a non-restrictive, sheet-like medical device with an array of pressure sensors, to detect sleep-disordered breathing by sensing gravitational alterations in the body corresponding to respiratory movements. This study evaluated the accuracy of the SD-101 for screening sleep apnoea-hypopnoea syndrome (SAHS) by comparison(More)
BACKGROUND Iodine-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine ((123)I-MIBG) lung uptake in the early phase has been proposed as a potential marker of endothelial function because MIBG behaves qualitatively similarly to norepinephrine in pulmonary circulation. OBJECTIVES The purpose of the present study was to examine the lung uptake of (123)I-MIBG in patients diagnosed(More)
Primary malignant pericardial mesothelioma is an exceptionally rare tumor, and making an antemortem diagnosis of this disease is notoriously difficult. We herein report the case of a 61-year-old woman with pericardial mesothelioma who presented with shortness of breath and peripheral edema of the lower limbs. Chest computed tomography (CT) showed an(More)
A 29-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital because of hemoptysis and dyspnea. A chest radiographic study revealed an enlargement of the right lung hilum, and the left pulmonary artery could not be clearly visualized on contrast-enhanced CT scan. Both perfusion scintigraphy and pulmonary angiography confirmed the absence of the left pulmonary artery,(More)
OBJECTIVE Simplified sleep polysomnography was performed in 207 adult men to examine the relationship between the frequency of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and lifestyle-related illness. METHODS Each subject was checked for SDB using a simplified sleep polysomnograph (Auto-Set Portable; Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan). Apnea and hypopnea were detected(More)
A 78-year-old man with cryptogenic chronic bilateral lymphoplasmacytic pleuritis, diagnosed based on left parietal pleural biopsy specimens obtained by pleuroscopy, developed acute left bacterial pleuritis. The left pleural effusion was neutrophil dominant, however, the right pleural effusion showed lymphoplasmacytic infiltration. Laboratory examinations(More)
BACKGROUND Obstructive sleep apnea is common in obese people. Leptin is an adipocyte-derived signaling factor that has an important role in metabolic control. There is growing evidence that leptin regulation is altered in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). The aim of this study was to investigate the relation between polymorphisms of the leptin and(More)