Kumi Shimizu

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Hepatic hydrothorax in the absence of ascites is a rare complication of liver cirrhosis. A 71-year-old man with liver cirrhosis due to alcohol abuse was referred to our department because of massive pleural effusion on the right side. The properties of pleural effusion and clinical course led to a diagnosis of hepatic hydrothorax. Nonsurgical OK-432(More)
The EML4–ALK (echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4 gene and the anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene) fusion oncogene represents a novel molecular target in a small subset of non–small–cell lung cancers (NSCLCs). The EML4–ALK fusion gene occurs generally in NSCLC without mutations in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and KRAS. We report that a(More)
A 54-year-old woman was admitted with general fatigue and dyspnea on exertion. Her serum LDH level was markedly elevated to 2145 IU/L, and chest CT revealed diffuse centrilobular opacities. Total cell counts in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid were elevated, and lymphocytes accounted for 98% of the cells. A transbronchial lung biopsy demonstrated numerous(More)
The serum concentration of procalcitonin (PCT) is specifically elevated in severe bacterial infections. In Japan, PCT has been used as a serum marker for bacterial sepsis since February, 2006. However, the evidence of it in respiratory infectious diseases is limited. In the present study, we analyzed 57 episodes of systemic inflammatory response syndrome in(More)
A 77-year-old woman was referred to our department with hemoptysis. Microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) with resultant alveolar hemorrhage was diagnosed because of diffuse infiltrate of the right lung, proteinurea, renal dysfunction and the presence of MPO-ANCA. The disease responded well to corticosteroid therapy. She was discharged, but as corticosteroid was(More)
Lung cancer metastases to the prostate are uncommon, and are usually found incidentally during autopsy. This case report describes a 77-year-old man with a large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) of the lung and metastases from this primary cancer in the prostate. During the follow-up after the chemotherapy performed for pulmonary LCNEC, pelvic computed(More)
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