Naoki Furudate

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Background: Etiological characteristics of endogenous uveitis vary among areas and races around the world. There are few epidemiological reports on the etiology of uveitis from areas within Asia. We report statistical data on uveitis in Japan. Methods: We reviewed all of the records of patients with endogenous uveitis who visited the Uveitis Survey Clinic(More)
PURPOSE Osteopontin (OPN) has diverse functions such as cell adhesion, chemoattraction, immunomodulation, and angiogenesis. The aim of this study is to analyze the OPN levels in vitreous fluid obtained from diabetic retinopathy (DR) and non-DR patients. METHODS Nineteen patients out of 11 with DR and 8 without DR underwent pars plana vitrectomy and(More)
OBJECTIVES Anthracycline cardiotoxicity is known to occur from the subendocardial side of the left ventricular wall. Recent advances of tissue Doppler echocardiography may allow the evaluation of anthracycline cardiotoxicity by dividing the left ventricular wall into the subendocardial half and subepicardial half. The present study assessed the feasibility(More)
The etiology of punctate inner choroidopathy (PIC) and acute zonal occult outer retinopathy (AZOOR) are currently unknown, although both diseases are hypothesized to be part of the spectrum of a single disorder. We report indocyanine green (ICG) angiographic findings in a 24-year-old woman in whom PIC was associated with AZOOR. The patient had been(More)
PURPOSE It is widely accepted that intravitreous levels of erythropoietin (Epo) are elevated in patients with ischaemic retinal diseases such as proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). The aim of this study was to examine the expression of Epo and the Epo receptor (EpoR) in epiretinal membranes with and without diabetes. METHODS Eighteen epiretinal(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM The mechanisms of the cellular origin and cell proliferation in the idiopathic epiretinal membrane (ERM) are unsolved. The aim of this study was to examine the expression of cell cycle related molecules and glutamine synthetase (GS), which is expressed in Müller cells and their processes, in ERM tissues. METHODS The ERMs were surgically(More)
PURPOSE The postoperative outcome was evaluated in each group of surgical indications of vitreous surgery for proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), to investigate the factors responsible for postoperative visual prognosis. METHODS Primary vitrectomy was performed in 119 eyes of 92 patients with PDR. Average postoperative follow-up period was 19(More)
Behçet's disease is the most frequently encountered form of endogenous uveitis in Japan. The authors examined the clinical manifestations in cases with Behçet's disease over six years (1987-1992), and compared the results with those of a previous study (1978-1983). In the more recent study the number of new patients who visited our clinic was 54, compared(More)