Ko Watanabe

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CONTEXT Denosumab 60 mg sc injection every 6 months for 36 months was well tolerated and effective in reducing the incidence of vertebral, nonvertebral, and hip fracture in predominantly Caucasian postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. OBJECTIVE The objective of this phase 3 fracture study was to examine the antifracture efficacy and safety of denosumab(More)
AIM Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) placement is a useful but invasive method. Recently, the hemodynamic change of ultrathin transnasal esophagogastroduodenoscopy (transnasal EGD) was reported as less than that of conventional transoral EGD (transoral EGD). This study compared hemodynamic changes between transnasal EGD and transoral EGD in the(More)
Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is treatable with steroids, but relapse is frequent. The efficacy of steroid pulse therapy has been shown for various autoimmune diseases, but has not become established therapy. In this study, we reviewed the efficacy of steroid pulse therapy in 24 subjects who were diagnosed with AIP type 1 at our hospital. Patient(More)
Background and study aims The safety and efficacy of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for early gastric cancer (EGC) in very elderly patients remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ESD for EGC in patients age 85 years and older. Patients and methods Patients who underwent ESD for EGC between September 2003(More)
The aim of this study was to review the efficacy of contrast-enhanced harmonic endoscopic ultrasonography (CH-EUS) in diagnosing gallbladder (GB)-protruded lesions. Thirty-eight patients underwent CH-EUS for the diagnosis of GB-protruded lesions. Twenty-four patients whose major axes of their largest lesions were longer than 10 mm were recruited. The(More)
A 58-year-old man with liver cirrhosis and renal failure was diagnosed with esophageal varices (EVs) and a gastric cardia varix (GCV) by esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). The patient also exhibited early gastric cancer (EGC) in the upper gastric body adjacent to the GCV. The EVs and GCV were treated using endoscopy before endoscopic submucosal dissection(More)
AIM To examine the influence of night duty (ND) on endoscopic therapy for biliary duct stones. METHODS The subjects consisted of 133 patients who received initial endoscopic therapy for biliary duct stones performed by eight endoscopists after they had been on (ND group, n = 34 patients) or not [day duty (DD) group, n = 99 patients]. Patient(More)
As a non-invasive brain activity measurement method, near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) technology has been used widely, but it has the problem of noise corruption by baseline drifting. In this paper, we employ a time derivative of NIRS output which is the blood flow with high-pass filtering characteristics. We investigate whether blood flow can reasonably(More)
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