Masahide Yasui

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the distribution of anti-aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase (anti-ARS) antibodies among patients with autoimmune diseases, and to analyze the clinical features of patients with dermatomyositis (DM) with anti-ARS antibodies. METHODS Serum samples from 315 patients with autoimmune diseases or related disorders who had visited Kanazawa(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical features of pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) differ according to the predisposing factors responsible for immunosuppression. Although PCP in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) has been extensively described, its characteristics in non-AIDS patients, such as those with malignancies, are not thoroughly documented. (More)
Recently, great attention has been drawn to IgG4-related diseases such as autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) sclerosing sialadenitis, retroperitoneum fibrosis, sclerosing cholangitis. IgG4-related diseases are characterized by high serum IgG4 concentrations, sclerosing inflammation with numerous IgG4-positive plasma cells, and steroid sensitivity irrespective of(More)
RATIONALE We hypothesized that cough stress of the airway wall results in a self-perpetuating cough-reflex cycle in which antigen-induced increase in cough-reflex sensitivity results in pathologic cough, and the cough in turn further amplifies cough-reflex sensitivity. OBJECTIVES To examine cough-reflex sensitivity in an experimental animal model. (More)
A 65-year-old man was admitted to hospital for treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. He was treated with isoniazid (INH), rifampicin (RFP), ethambutol (EB), and pyrazinamide (PZA). On the 14th day, he developed a fever and interstitial pneumonia, which improved promptly after discontinuation of the antituberculous drugs. Drug lymphocyte stimulation tests(More)
BACKGROUND Autoantibodies against aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (ARS) have been found to be highly specific for polymyositis and dermatomyositis (PM/DM) and to correlate strongly with complicating interstitial pneumonia (IP). The aim of the present study was to compare the clinical presentations of anti-ARS antibody-positive IP patients with or without(More)
A 22-year-old woman was admitted with symptoms of dyspnea and fever with pulmonary infiltrates noted on her chest X-ray study. She developed these symptoms in the workplace; her job included the removal of body hair using a diode-laser with 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (HFC134a, an alternative to chlorofluorocarbon) as a coolant. A chest X-ray examination(More)
A 39-year-old man, who had been working in an aluminum processing industry for 18 years, visited our hospital for right chest pain on March 2, 2007. A relapse of right pneumothorax was found, and he was hospitalized. As the pneumothorax did not improve with conservative treatment, video-assisted thoracoscopic biopsy and suturing of the right upper lobe were(More)
BACKGROUND Pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis (PPFE) is a rare idiopathic interstitial pneumonia defined by pleural and subpleural parenchymal fibrosis predominantly in the upper lobes. Although the radiological and pathological characteristics of PPFE have become increasingly recognized, its pulmonary physiological features are not well understood. METHODS(More)
We report a case of hypersensitivity pneumonitis and asthma attacks caused by environmental fungi in a 75-year-old man. The diagnosis was established by inhalation challenge with Bjerkandera adusta and Aspergillus fumigatus. The patient was admitted for treatment of fever, wheezing, and dyspnea. Chest computed tomography showed small nodular shadows with(More)