Minoru Gotoh

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BACKGROUND Although currently in its infancy, quality of life (QOL) research in Japan is rapidly expanding and is expected to become a standard outcome measure in clinical trials. In Japan, QOL has not previously been assessed in patients with allergic rhinitis (AR); we report the first clinical study applying the recently validated Japanese translations of(More)
BACKGROUND Seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) induced by Japanese cedar pollen is a substantial problem in Japan. Sublingual immuno-therapy (SLIT) is safer than conventional antigen-specific immunotherapy, the only treatment modality by which complete cure of the disease can be expected. We investigated the safety and efficacy of SLIT in the treatment of(More)
The incidence of Japanese cedar pollinosis is estimated to be about 13% of the Japanese population. In Japan it is generic to wear a facemask and eyeglasses to prevent pollen inhalation. We examined the usefulness of a facemask and eyeglasses in cooperation with volunteers. The number of pollen particles in the nasal cavity and on the conjunctiva was(More)
OBJECTIVE In anticipation of the development of guidelines for antigen-specific subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT), we present recommendations that can serve as guiding principles based on a review of the scientific literature. METHODS Clinical questions (CQs) concerning SCIT were prepared. Literature searches for publications between January 1990 and(More)
The prevalence of pollinosis caused by cedar pollen has increased by 10% these ten years of 26.5% in the investigation of 2008 in Japan. The pharmacotherapy is a main treatment tool for pollinosis, and the surgical treatment is not acknowledged to the treatment of pollinosis internationally. Moreover, allergen immunotherapy enters a special treatment(More)
Pranlukast (PLK) is a cysteinyl leukotriene receptor 1 antagonist approved for the treatment of bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis in Japan. We previously reported that PLK dry syrup (DS) improved the total nasal symptom score, as well as sneezing, nasal discharge, and nasal obstruction scores over placebo. We investigated the efficacy of PLK DS with a(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the efficacy and safety of bepotastine, we conducted a randomized, investigator-blind, placebo-controlled and parallel study to evaluate the allergic symptoms and the cognitive function of the subjects with Japanese cedar (JC) pollinosis in response to JC pollen exposure in an artificial exposure chamber. METHODS Twenty-four(More)
OBJECTIVE In practical guidelines for management of allergic rhinitis in Japan, pranlukast is a leukotriene receptor antagonist recommended for the treatment of pollinosis. However, the effect of pranlukast on nasal symptoms for cedar pollinosis has not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this study is to examine this effect in a double-blind(More)
Strenuous exercise reduces immune cell function and increases the risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. In addition, it affects mood state and causes physical fatigue. Athletes require both mental and physical conditioning to execute good performance. In this study, we conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to(More)
We report the case of a 59-year-old man with meningeal carcinomatosis (MC) who presented with peripheral facial palsy and progressive sensorineural deafness. The patient had been operated on for gastric cancer 1 year previously, and no metastases had been detected in the retroperitoneum or thorax at follow-up examination 1 year later. However, he developed(More)