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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
A 40-year-old woman with no major medical illness except for morbid obesity (BMI 40.7) was admitted to our hospital because of bilateral pneumonia due to a novel swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus (S-OIV). Non-invasive ventilation was introduced because of the hypoxemia. The description of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid findings showed an alveolar(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE More than 50% of patients with childhood asthma enter clinical remission by puberty, although 40-50% of these people will probably develop asthma symptoms during early adulthood. The mechanism of relapsing asthma in early adulthood remains unclear. This study determined the characteristics of young adults whose asthma remitted(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to clarify the association between morphological phenotypes according to the predominance of emphysema and efficacy of long-acting muscarinic antagonist and β(2) agonist bronchodilators in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS Seventy-two patients with stable COPD treated with(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)