Man Woo Kim

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BACKGROUND/AIMS Esophageal variceal ligation (EVL) is the most preferable method for controlling variceal bleeding. However, EVL is associated with complications such as hemorrhage, chest pain, dysphagia, and odynophagia due to post-EVL ulcers in the esophageal mucosa. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of proton pump inhibitor (PPI),(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The aim of this study was to reveal nationwide seroprevalence of HCV infection in South Korea by a large-scale survey. METHODS From January to December 2009, a total of 291 314 adults underwent health check-up in 29 centres nationwide. The data concerning anti-HCV antibody and biochemical tests were obtained from all participants. Among(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Gastrointestinal motility is initiated by the periodic generation of slow waves. Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) are pacemaker cells that generate slow waves and drive spontaneous mechanical contractions of the gastrointestinal smooth muscle. Slow waves generate the periodic activation of spontaneous inward currents (pacemaker currents).(More)
We compared clinical features and laboratory findings of 104 patients with hepatitis A and 197 patients with scrub typhus. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, hepatomegaly, and jaundice were common in patient with hepatitis A, and fever and headache were significantly more common in patients with scrub typhus. At presentation, an alanine aminotransferase(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The favourable effects of coffee on liver enzymes have been reported worldwide. This study investigated the association between coffee consumption and serum aminotransferase concentration in Korean adults. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN Data were obtained from the fourth and fifth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Mitogen-activated protein (MAP) and tyrosine kinases play an important role in regulating smooth muscle contraction of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) are pacemaker cells that regulate GI smooth muscle activity. Thus, the role of MAP and tyrosine kinases on the pacemaker potentials of colonic ICCs(More)
Peritonsillar abscess is a common deep throat infection. Early diagnosis and prompt, appropriate management of a peritonsillar abscess prevents mortality. A 45-year-old woman on steroids for an ulcerative colitis (UC) exacerbation presented with sore throat and multiple skin ulcers on her left forearm and right foot. Computed tomography of the neck revealed(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Tamoxifen is a widely used anticancer drug for breast cancer with frequent gastrointestinal side effects. Changes in gastrointestinal motility is associated with altered activities of membrane ion channels. Ion channels have important role in regulating membrane potential and cell excitability. This study was performed to investigate the(More)
EP receptor activation by PGE2 regulates gastrointestinal motility by modulating smooth muscle contractility. Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) are pacemaker cells that regulate smooth muscle activity. We aimed to determine effects of the EP3 receptor agonist sulprostone on pacemaker potentials in colonic ICCs. We performed a whole cell patch clamp,(More)
To investigate the role of ATP-sensitive K+(KATP) channels on pacemaker activity in interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC), whole-cell patch clamping, RT-PCR, and intracellular Ca2+([Ca2+]i) imaging were performed in cultured colonic ICC. Pinacidil (a K+ channel opener) hyperpolarized the membrane and inhibited the generation of pacemaker potential, and this(More)