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Decreased phagocytotic ability of macrophages has been reported to be associated with the severity of endometriosis, although the underlying mechanism remains uncharacterized. Expression and secretion of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 by macrophages is a means to degrade the extracellular matrix of cells that are designated for phagocytosis. Here, we(More)
New onset or exacerbation of psoriasis vulgaris has been reported in a small number of patients after interferon (IFN)-α therapy. Herein, we report a case of generalized flare of pustular psoriasis induced by PEGylated IFN-α2b (PEG-IFN-α2b) in a 59-year-old woman with a 15-year history of pustular psoriasis and chronic hepatitis C. Interferon-α therapy was(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to identify associated prognostic factors influencing the outcome of curative resection of rectal gastrointestinal stromal tumor. PATIENTS AND METHODS Diagnostic immunohistochemical staining with CD34, CD117, S-100, desmin, and muscle-specific actin was performed in 46 consecutive patients with previously diagnosed rectal(More)
Legionella feeleii is a rare cause of community-acquired pneumonia that occurs in immunocompromised hosts who are often receiving corticosteroid therapy. We report a 69-year-old man who underwent bone marrow transplantation and developed pneumonia due to L. feeleii, and review the clinical characteristics of 7 cases of L. feeleii infection reported in the(More)
We present a case of prenatally diagnosed mediastinal cystic hygroma with spontaneous resolution. To our knowledge, this is only the second case report of mediastinal cystic hygroma diagnosed prenatally, and the first one with spontaneous resolution perinatally. Our case shows that, in the absence of hydrops fetalis, mediastinal cystic hygroma in a fetus(More)
Concurrent psoriasis vulgaris and Hailey-Hailey disease is very rare. The clinical and pathologic findings of widespread Hailey-Hailey disease in a 48-year-old woman with pre-existing generalized psoriasis vulgaris were described. In our patient, the vesicular eruption of Hailey-Hailey disease was obscured clinically by the psoriatic lesions. The diagnosis(More)
Due to its high sensitivity, radioimmunoassay has become of great importance in the detection and measurement of levels of proteins and steroids in body fluids. However, this method involves the use of expensive equipment and radioactive material. Herein is described an alternate method to radioimmunoassay, which uses an enzyme-labeled rather than a(More)
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