Kazuo Yura

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OBJECTIVES To determine the efficacy of methylprednisolone pulse therapy for children with Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia (MP) that is refractory to antibiotic treatment. METHODS Refractory patients were defined as cases showing clinical and radiological deterioration despite appropriate antibiotic therapy for 7 days or more. We identified 6 such(More)
We describe a rare case of clinically mild, influenza-associated encephalopathy with a reversible splenial lesion. A 12-year-old Japanese girl presented with fever and headache, followed by muscle weakness and somnolence. Magnetic resonance imaging on day 4 of her illness showed a solitary lesion of the splenium of the corpus callosum that was most(More)
BACKGROUND The pathogenesis of thrombocytopenia during the neonatal period in Down's syndrome (DS) infants remains unclear. OBJECTIVE To elucidate kinetic changes of serum thrombopoietin (TPO) level and platelet count, and their correlation in DS neonates. STUDY DESIGN Twelve DS infants (male/female: 7/5, term/late preterm: 10/2) born between 1997 and(More)
Development of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is quite rare among acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients. We present a 3-year-old boy with precursor B-cell ALL, who was complicated by HLH because of parvovirus B19 infection during maintenance chemotherapy. Remarkable erythroid hypoplasia, giant normoblasts, and hemophagocytosed macrophages in(More)
We described a rare case of Salmonella enteritidis osteomyelitis of the tibia combined with arthritis of the ankle joint. A 4-year-old, otherwise healthy girl was hospitalized with 9-day history of fever, left leg pain, and diarrhea. On admission, her left lower leg and ankle were markedly reddened and swollen. Laboratory examinations disclosed a WBC of(More)
The authors present the clinical profile of a 6-year-old girl with an unusual immunophenotype of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). At the initial presentation, massive hepatosplenomegaly developed. The leukemic cells were myeloperoxidase-negative and morphologically lymphoblastic. These cells were positive for B-precursor-cell (CD10, CD19) antigens and(More)
We report on a boy with refractory chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) successfully treated with combination therapy composed of low-dose cyclosporin A (CsA), azathiopurine, and prednisolone. The patient was diagnosed as having ITP at 5 years of age, and received high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), followed by oral prednisolone,(More)
Spinal cord compression is a rare complication of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We report a 13-year-old boy with B-precursor ALL, presenting with restriction of breathing and back pain. Cerebrospinal fluid examination showed extremely high protein levels. Radiologic examination indicated that leukemia extended from the thoracic to sacral epidural(More)
We reported an infant with occult bacteremia caused by group B Streptococcus (GBS). An 8-week-old girl, who was uneventfully born to an 18-year-old mother, was hospitalized because of a 4-hour history of fever. On admission, she appeared nontoxic, and the temperature was 39.0 degrees C, and the pulse and respiratory rates were 162/min and 42/min,(More)