Motoko Funaki

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A 64-year-old woman was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis since the age of 57. At the age of 62, she manifested episcleritis of the eyes and rheumatoid nodules in the skin, and rheumatoid factor in the blood became high. These findings indicated the presence of systemic vasculitis, and she was treated with prednisolone. At the age of 64, she suddenly(More)
In a male Japanese patient, prurigo nodularis (PN) appeared in association with gastric cancer. The cutaneous pruriginous lesions dramatically improved soon after total gastrectomy without any treatment for the skin lesions. Peripheral eosinophilia seen before the operation also rapidly disappeared. These data suggest that some cytokines involved in gastric(More)
It is well known that an interaction exists between smoking and exposure to asbestos in the occurrence of lung cancer, whereas occurrence of malignant mesothelioma has not been related to smoking. In the case of pleural thickening related to asbestos, there is a disagreement in previous studies as to the effect of smoking. This could be because the(More)
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