Kazuya Michishita

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A case of biopsy-confirmed chronic leptomeningitis complicating rheumatoid arthritis in a 53-year old female is reported. Her symptoms included weight loss, severe depression, and pyrexia. Magnetic resonance imaging was useful in diagnosis. Intravenous methylprednisolone was prescribed (1 g/day for 3 days), followed by prednisolone (initial dose of 30 mg(More)
We have developed a new extracorporeal whole-liver accommodation device in which a whole swine liver is placed in a physiological state by modeling the intraabdominal arrangement in the pig body, with the liver supported by a special inferior vena cava tube. Furthermore, we employed a diaphragm-type artificial heart in our system to produce pulsatile blood(More)
BACKGROUND We developed a new method of xenogeneic direct hemoperfusion of a bioartificial liver support system consisting of a leukocyte-adsorbent column, an immunoglobulin-adsorbent column, and the substitute unit for hepatic function. By this method, we performed xenogeneic direct hemoperfusion experiment using resected whole swine liver for treatment of(More)
To assess the long-term safety and efficacy of tacrolimus (TAC) used in combination with oral methotrexate (MTX) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) whose disease remains active despite treatment with MTX alone. The clinical courses of 24 RA patients who received TAC added to MTX from a single center were analyzed retrospectively. The disease(More)
T cell lymphopenia results in peripheral homeostatic expansion to maintain the T cell immune system, which is termed lymphopenia-induced proliferation (LIP). LIP is a potential risk for expanding autoreactive clones to become pathogenic in human and murine autoimmune diseases. However, the ontogeny of T cells that induce autoantibody production by(More)
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