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BACKGROUND To clarify the genetic mutations associated with intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN) and IPMN-related pancreatic tumours, we conducted cancer-related gene profiling analyses using pure pancreatic juice and resected pancreatic tissues. METHODS Pure pancreatic juice was collected from 152 patients [nine with a normal pancreas, 22 with(More)
AIMS To clarify the clinical features and the natural history of serous cystic neoplasm (SCN) of the pancreas. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed data from 30 patients affected by SCN. SCNs were classified as (1) microcystic type, (2) micro- and macrocystic type, and (3) macrocystic type according to the modified WHO classification. Eighteen patients who(More)
Genetic alterations in specific genes are critical events in carcinogenesis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression. However, the genetic alterations responsible for HCC development, progression, and survival are unclear. We investigated the essential difference in genetic alterations between HCC and adjacent non-HCC tissues using next-generation(More)
To clarify the clinical features of acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC), we reviewed 113 cases of AAC experienced from January, 2000 to December, 2007 in regard to patient background, etiology, imaging diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes. Functional bile stasis caused AAC in 34 of 113 cases (30.1%), and 28 of those developed in a nosocomial manner (82.4%).(More)
AIM To investigate whether the patients with hypovascular liver nodules determined on the arterial phase and hypointensity on the hepatocyte phase gadoxetic acid-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (hypovascular hypointense nodules) are at increased risk of hepatocarcinogenesis, we assessed subsequent typical hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development at(More)
AIM To study how lymph node metastasis (LNM) risk is stratified in undifferentiated-type early gastric cancer (undiff-EGC) dependent on combinations of risk factors. METHODS Five hundred and sixty-seven cases with undiff-EGC undergoing gastrectomy with lymphadenectomy were examined retrospectively. Using clinicopathological factors of patient age,(More)
UNLABELLED Because of recent advances in deep sequencing technology, detailed analysis of hepatitis C virus (HCV) quasispecies and their dynamic changes in response to direct antiviral agents (DAAs) became possible, although the role of quasispecies is not fully understood. In this study, to clarify the evolution of viral quasispecies and the origin of(More)
This is the first case report of gastric plasmacytoma associated with "Candidatus Helicobacter heilmannii" ('H. heilmannii') infection. The patient was a 40-year-old woman with epigastric discomfort. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy demonstrated a white granular lesion on the wall of the gastric body. Histological studies showed numerous eosinophilic(More)