Masakazu Imamura

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OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine the mechanism by which 60 degrees C sauna treatment improves cardiac function in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). BACKGROUND We have previously reported that repeated 60 degrees C sauna treatment improves hemodynamic data and clinical symptoms in patients with CHF. We hypothesized that the(More)
Multiple gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) rarely occur in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). In contrast to sporadic GISTs characterized by frequent allelic losses of 1p, 14q and 22q and mutations of KIT or PDGFRA gene with the activation of the downstream RAS-MAPK pathway, the molecular pathogenetic mechanisms of NF-1-related GISTs (NF-1(More)
Gastrointestinal stromal tumor is a mesenchymal tumor with KIT or PDGFRA gene mutation, occurring primarily in the stomach and intestine and rarely outside the digestive tract. KIT-negative tumors with epithelioid cell morphology and PDGFRA mutation represent a minor subset of gastrointestinal stromal tumor. Here, we describe a case of gastrointestinal(More)
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare life-threatening cardiomyopathy of unknown etiology that occurs during the peripartum period in previously healthy women. Autoimmune and viral factors have been suggested to be involved in PPCM. Here we describe a patient with Graves' disease, which is one of the organ-specific autoimmune diseases, who developed(More)
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors have a wide spectrum of biologic behavior, and occasional cases show liver metastases. The modified risk grade based on tumor size and mitotic counts has been proposed to predict the biologic behavior in gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Blood vessel invasion (BVI) is important in the development of metastasis of(More)
Angiogenesis is important in the growth and metastasis of various kinds of solid tumors. To investigate the potential role of angiogenesis in gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), an immunohistochemical analysis was performed in 95 cases of GISTs for microvessel density (MVD) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression. MVD was evaluated with(More)
Colorectal cancer (CRC) frequently develops in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC). We report a case of CRC treated successfully by proctocolectomy 8 months after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) for primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). The lesion was detected early, probably as a result of colonoscopic surveillance after LDLT. Thus, patients(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine whether sauna therapy, a thermal vasodilation therapy, improves endothelial function in patients with coronary risk factors such as hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and smoking. BACKGROUND Exposure to heat is widely used as a traditional therapy in many different cultures. We have recently found that(More)
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) have a wide spectrum of biologic behavior ranging from benign to malignant. Risk grading based on tumor size and mitotic counts has been proposed in an effort to predict the adverse outcome of GIST in the literature so far. Recent molecular studies have reported the prognostic values of several parameters, including(More)
AIM Vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGFC) is thought to promote lymphangiogenesis in various human cancer tissues. MATERIALS AND METHODS The present study analyzed data from 72 patients with gastric cancer. The lymphatic vessel density (LVD) was determined by immunohistochemical staining using a monoclonal antibody (mAb) against D2-40, and the(More)