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BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to evaluate the potential advantages of the ultrasonic scalpel compared with the conventional technique in gastric cancer surgery. METHODS Patients with resectable adenocarcinoma of the stomach were randomly assigned to ultrasonic scalpel or conventional technique. We used the HARMONIC FOCUS (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.)(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to examine the outcomes of exercise therapy in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma who underwent hepatectomy. METHODS Fifty-one patients with hepatocellular carcinoma were randomized to diet therapy alone (n = 25) or to exercise in addition to diet therapy (n = 26). Exercise at the anaerobic threshold of each(More)
We report a rare case of choledochal cyst (CC) associated with congenital duodenal atresia (DA) and annular pancreas (AP). A girl was born at 37 weeks of gestation weighing 2,974 g with a prenatal diagnosis of DA. She underwent a duodenoduodenostomy for type III DA with an AP 1 day after birth. At 4 years of age, she was admitted for evaluation of(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiopulmonary exercise testing measures oxygen uptake at increasing levels of work and predicts cardiopulmonary performance under conditions of stress, such as after abdominal surgery. Dynamic assessment of preoperative exercise capacity may be a useful predictor of postoperative prognosis. This study examined the relationship between(More)
S-1, an oral fluoropyrimidine derivative, has been identified as an effective agent for the treatment of breast cancer. We present here a case of interstitial pneumonitis that occurred after S-1 treatment. A n 80-year-old woman was diagnosed with stage III infiltrating ductal carcinoma of the left breast and underwent a modified radical mastectomy in(More)
BACKGROUND Recent evidence indicates that alpha-lipoic acid (α-LA) has a variety of liver-protective effects through the suppression of inflammatory mediators including tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). However, there are few reports that α-LA markedly enhanced the survival rate in animal models of liver injury with(More)
In animal models of liver injury, proinflammatory cytokines are implicated in inducing iNOS, which is followed by the production of NO in hepatocytes. Previously we have reported that the up-regulation of type I IL-1 receptor (IL-1RI) is required for the transcriptional activation of iNOS gene, in concert with the activation of transcription factor(More)
UNLABELLED We evaluated the effect of sorafenib and intermittent hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy (HAIC) using cisplatin for unresectable advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS 5 patients (4 male/1 female, median age: 73.0 years) with unresectable advanced HCC including portal vein tumor thrombus were treated with soraenib (400 mg/body,(More)
BACKGROUND Successful liver surgery requires an understanding of the patient’s particular liver characteristics, including shape and vessel distribution. In clinical medicine, there is a high demand for surgical assistance systems to assess individual patients. Our aims in this study were to segment the liver based on computed tomography volume data and to(More)
We report here the experience of the treatment with sorafenib for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in our department. Forty patients received the therapy of sorafenib until April 2011. Twenty seven unresectable advanced HCC, 7 lung metastasis, 6 bone metastasis, 3 abdominal lymph node metastasis, and 2 peritoneal dissemination were included. The(More)