Kouiti Okamura

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Interleukin (IL)-10 is a potent regulatory cytokine that decreases inflammatory responses. This study investigated whether IL-10 levels in the airway are decreased in chronic airway inflammation associated with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Sputum was obtained from 12 healthy nonsmokers, 10 healthy smokers, 16 asthmatic patients(More)
We report a 22-year-old very thin man, who showed various symptoms and signs of oculoskeletal muscle weakness, episodes of myalgia, prolonged diarrhea, severe myopia, perceptive deafness, electrocardiographic and electroencephalographic abnormalities, and endocrinological abnormality. The onset was at about 3 months of age and a positive family history was(More)
Right nodular goiter with diffuse miliary shadow on chest roentgenogram was found in a postpartum febrile woman. Transbronchial lung biopsy revealed tuberculous granuloma and acid-fast bacilli were found by aspiration cytology of the thyroid. Although chemotherapy was effective, the thyroid nodule remained palpable and the serum thyroglobulin level remained(More)
Isolated angiitis of the central nervous system (IAC) is a disease of unknown etiology, and is restricted to the small-to-medium-sized blood vessels of the central nervous system. We report serial MR angiography findings in a case of IAC. A 51-year-old female came to our hospital because of severe headache. Computed tomography (CT) 6 days after the onset(More)
A 65-year-old male presented with rapidly progressive paraparesis and akinetic mutism due to occlusion of the bihemispheric anterior cerebral artery (ACA). He was treated by intra-arterial thrombolytic therapy but reocclusion of the arteriosclerotic lesion occurred. Bilateral superficial temporal artery (STA)-ACA anastomoses achieved lasting neurological(More)
The authors report malignant glioma occurring in two sibling cases. The elder brother presented with right hemiparesis and hemihypesthesia at 14-year-old. Computed tomographic (CT) scanning demonstrated a low-density area in the left frontoparietal lobe. The tumor was partially removed. Histologic diagnosis was glioblastoma multiforme. Radiation therapy was(More)
Involvement of the choroid plexus by malignant lymphoma is rare. This case showed mass lesions at the choroid plexus in the first stage of systemic non-Hodgkin's malignant lymphoma. A 53-year-old female was admitted with headache, diplopia, and gait disturbance. The patient was alert but had left supraclavicular and axially lymph node swelling. Computed(More)