Keiichi Masaki

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BACKGROUND & AIMS The prevalence of fatty liver underscores the need for non-invasive characterization of steatosis, such as the ultrasound based controlled attenuation parameter (CAP). Despite good diagnostic accuracy, clinical use of CAP is limited due to uncertainty regarding optimal cut-offs and the influence of covariates. We therefore conducted an(More)
We report 3 patients who experienced nonconvulsive status epilepticus following generalized convulsions during antidepressant treatment. All showed prolonged confusion with some psychiatric symptoms, and their electroencephalograms (EEGs) showed either bilateral synchronous multiple spike wave discharges or continuous diffuse sharp and slow waves. When(More)
BACKGROUND Older patients with chronic hepatitis C have a lower virological response to interferon (IFN) treatment compared to younger patients. The efficacy of telaprevir (TVR) and PEG-IFN plus ribavirin combination therapy and the predictive value of recently identified IFN lambda (IFNL) 4 polymorphisms on the outcome of therapy for older patients have(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM It has been reported about poor prognosis in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) refractory to hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy (HAIC). We assessed the survival benefits of sorafenib therapy for advanced HCC in HAIC refractory patients. METHODS The study subjects were 191 patients with advanced HCC who had been(More)
AIM Polymorphisms in the ITPA gene influence anemia during peg-interferon (PEG-IFN) and ribavirin (RBV) therapy, but their effects during triple therapy with simeprevir, PEG-IFN, and RBV are not sufficiently known. METHODS We analyzed 212 patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C, who were treated with simeprevir plus PEG-IFN/RBV triple therapy, and(More)
BACKGROUND We assessed the risk factors for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) following successful eradication of hepatitis C virus (HCV) with interferon (IFN) therapy in a long-term, large-scale cohort study. METHODS We reviewed 1094 consecutive patients with HCV who achieved sustained virological response (SVR) following IFN therapy(More)
There is no information on the long-term effects of peginterferon (PEG-IFN) alfa-2a therapy for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in Japan. This double-blind, randomized trial investigated the efficacy of PEG-IFN therapy. We analyzed 22 Japanese patients with CHB (hepatitis B e antigen [HBeAg]-positive: 17, HBeAg-negative: 5) treated with PEG-IFN alfa-2a and(More)
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) was performed in 110 consecutive patients (111 vessels) with chronically occluded coronary arteries and was successful in 69 patients (69 vessels). Successful initial PTCA was related to the extent of coronary artery disease, the morphology of the proximal surface of the occlusion site, and the clinical(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to assess the value of preoperative fluorine 18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (F-FDG PET-CT) for predicting microvascular invasion (MVI) in small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS We retrospectively examined 60 patients who received F-FDG PET-CT prior to hepatic resection for small(More)
The kidney, by regulating the volume of fluid in the body, plays a key role in regulating blood pressure (BP). The kidney uses primarily sodium and, to a lesser extent, urea to maintain the appropriate volume of fluid. Genetic variation in proteins that determine sodium reabsorption and excretion is known to significantly influence BP. However, the(More)