Kentarou Aritaki

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To establish a practical monitoring system of human herpesviruses reactivation in patients undergoing stem cell transplantation, we developed a new, very rapid, highly sensitive, and quantitative PCR assay for accurate measurement of human cytomegalovirus (CMV), human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) and Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) DNA using LightCycler. The LightCycler(More)
Reactivation of human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) is common following allogeneic marrow transplantation, however, little is known about the immune control and pathogenic potential of HHV-6 infection after transplantation. In order to determine whether reactivation of HHV-6 plays an important role in the development of complications in patients undergoing(More)
OBJECTIVES AND METHODS In order to establish an effective management for febrile infants under 4 months of age we analysed the causes of fever by using bacterial work up and a highly sensitive RT-PCR method during a 3-year-period. From February 1998 to January 2001, 263 infants under 4 months of age were admitted to our hospital because of fever (>38.0(More)
The prognosis for blastic natural killer (NK) cell lymphoma is generally dismal. We report a patient who was successfully treated with unrelated cord blood transplantation (UCBT). A 15-year-old boy was diagnosed as having blastic NK cell lymphoma in the cervical lymph nodes. Autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation was performed on achieving a(More)
Patients with a new type of influenza-associated encephalopathy with high mortality are increasing in Japan and the United States. We present three patients treated with methyprednisolone pulse treatment and plasma exchange to remove cytokines, and all three patients recovered without severe sequela. IL-6 decreased dramatically after the start of the plasma(More)
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