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The gastrointestinal stromal tumor cell line, GIST-T1, has a heterogenic 57-base pair deletion in exon 11 of the c-kit mutation, and the c-KIT protein in the GIST-T1 cells constitutively activated. We report that STI571 (Glivec; Novartis, Basel, Switzerland), a specific inhibitor of c-KIT, inhibits the clustering of c-KIT at the cell membrane of the GIST-T1(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The incidence and the clinical importance of the posterior gastric artery (PGA) have not been clarified. In Japan, as in the West, the incidence of adenocarcinoma of the upper stomach has increased recently. The purpose of this study was to clarify the features of the posterior gastric artery by analyzing a large series of digital(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Pancreatic fistula is a potentially fatal complication in pancreatic surgery. The objective of this study was to analyze the incidence of pancreatic fistula in patients who underwent distal pancreatectomy for pancreatic neoplasm. METHODOLOGY Forty-seven patients who underwent distal pancreatectomy for neoplasm of the pancreas at Kochi(More)
BACKGROUND Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN) are a clinicopathological entity that is being diagnosed with increasing frequency. However, the best approach to medical management of IPMN needs to be clarified. The aim of the present study was to identify preoperative features that may be predictors of malignant IPMN, and to define the medical(More)
AIM To examine the paclitaxel concentrations in plasma and ascites after its intravenous administration in patients with ascites due to peritonitis carcinomatosa resulting from advanced gastric cancer. METHODS Two patients with ascites due to peritonitis carcinomatosa resulting from gastric cancer were included in this study. The paclitaxel concentrations(More)
AIM To study whether early postoperative enteral nutrition reduces the incidence of complications and/or improves nutritional status following duodenohemipancreatectomy (DHP). METHODS We studied 39 patients who underwent DHP for a peri-ampullary mass. Twenty-three patients received total parental nutrition and then started to have an oral intake of(More)
BACKGROUND This study examined the usefulness of magnifying videoscopic pit-pattern diagnosis in the differential diagnosis of colonic neoplasms. The relationship between pit patterns and the three-dimensional configuration of the neoplastic gland was evaluated for its contribution toward an understanding of pit patterns. METHODS A total of 3005(More)