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BACKGROUND Since human peripheral eosinophils have been shown to migrate to the CXC chemokine receptor 3 (CXCR3) ligands IFN-gamma-inducible protein 10 (IP10) and monokine induced by IFN-gamma (Mig), this confirms that CXCR3 is functionally expressed on these cells. IP10 expression has been shown to be increased in the airways of asthmatics. Eosinophil(More)
A highly sensitive immunochromatography test kit, ODK0501, was developed using specific polyclonal antibodies against the C-polysaccharide moiety of Streptococcus pneumoniae for the rapid detection of S. pneumoniae antigen in sputum samples. The clinical utility of ODK0501 for this detection was evaluated prospectively in 52 adult patients with respiratory(More)
BACKGROUND Although we first found galectin-9 (Gal-9) as an eosinophil chemoattractant, its role in eosinophilic inflammation is still obscure. The purpose of the present study is to clarify the role of Gal-9 in human eosinophilic pulmonary inflammation in comparison with eotaxin (CCL11). METHODS We measured the levels of Gal-9 and eotaxin in the(More)
The patient was a 67-year-old man with diabetes mellitus who had been to a hot spring spa a few days before his admission. The diagnosis of Legionella pneumonia was made using a urinary antigen assay. Intravenous pazufloxacin and oral clarithromycin were started. However, despite these treatments, he developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). He(More)
Apart from insulinomas, pancreatic tumors are rarely complicated by hypoglycemia and some may produce insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II). To our knowledge, IGF-II-producing pancreatic tumors associated with hypoglycemia have not been reported previously. We describe what we believe to be the first case of "big" IGF-II-producing pancreatic acinar cell(More)
We retrospectively analyzed the severity of community-acquired pneumonia in 293 patients. Based on the Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS) risk stratification guidelines (A-DROP), patients were classified as follows: mild, 74 (25%); moderate, 140 (48%); severe, 53 (18%); and extremely severe, 26 (9%). The mortality of each category was classified as follows:(More)
A 53-year-old woman visited our hospital in July 2002 with complaints of skin eruptions on the face and extremities, dry cough and dyspnea. A diagnosis of amyopathic dermatomyositis (ADM) was made on the basis of characteristic skin lesions and skin biopsy findings with slight muscle symptoms and mild elevation of muscle enzymes. Interstitial shadows were(More)
We studied 130 cases of pulmonary tuberculosis in foreigners residing in Japan to obtain the results as follows; 1. Of the cases of pulmonary tuberculosis in foreigners who are registered and receiving treatment in Japan, 20.3% were treated at three dispensaries of the Japan Antituberculosis Association in Tokyo. 2. The nationality of the cases treated was(More)
In this study, we used "RAPIRUN(®)Streptococcus pneumoniae HS (otitis media/sinusitis) (RAPIRUN-HS)," a rapid S. pneumoniae antigen detection kit, to investigate methods for detecting S. pneumoniae antigens in blood of 32 bacterial pneumonia patients. We simultaneously performed PCR to detect S. pneumoniae in blood samples. The results of these tests were(More)
A 66-year-old man was transferred to our hospital on November 2010 owing to a diagnosis of miliary tuberculosis. Treatment was initially started with INH, RFP, PZA, and EB. However, PZA and EB were discontinued because of their adverse effects. Subsequently, chest radiographic and laboratory findings gradually improved. However, the patient experienced(More)
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