Ryota Masuzaki

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OBJECTIVES Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is widely performed for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, there has been no report on 10-year outcome of RFA. The objective of this study was to report a 10-year consecutive case series at a tertiary referral center. METHODS We performed 2,982 RFA treatments on 1,170 primary HCC patients and analyzed a(More)
UNLABELLED Liver stiffness, noninvasively measured by transient elastography, correlates well with liver fibrosis stage. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the liver stiffness measurement (LSM) as a predictor of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development among patients with chronic hepatitis C. Between December 2004 and June 2005, a total of(More)
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) may play a role in the pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Recently, it was reported in mouse models that estrogen-mediated inhibition of IL-6 production explains the gender disparity in HCC. We conducted a retrospective cohort study to examine whether this hypothesis is applicable to human HCC. We enrolled 330 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Despite significant advances in the treatment of intrahepatic lesions, the prognosis for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have extrahepatic metastasis remains poor. The objective of this study was to further elucidate the clinical course and prognostic determinants of patients with this disease. METHODS In total, 342 patients(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS It is not fully elucidated whether obesity enhances hepatocarcinogenesis in patients with chronic hepatitis C. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between body weight and risk of hepatocarcinogenesis in chronic hepatitis C patients. METHODS We enrolled 1431 patients with chronic hepatitis C who visited our liver(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Transient elastography is a novel noninvasive method to assess liver fibrosis by measuring liver stiffness. This study is a first step toward the provision of a noninvasive measurement of hepatic tumor stiffness by transient elastography. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with liver tumor larger than 5 cm in diameter and located near the(More)
OBJECTIVE The degree of liver fibrosis is the strongest indicator of risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development. Recently developed transient elastography (Fibroscan, Echosens, France) noninvasively measures liver stiffness, and the correlation between the stiffness and liver fibrosis stage has been validated. In this cross-sectional study, we(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer in the world, and is the third highest cause of cancer-related mortality. HCC usually develops in patients with chronic liver disease, particularly in those who also have cirrhosis. The possibility of curative treatment depends on both the stage of tumor and liver function. Effective treatments(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical significance of autotaxin (ATX), a key enzyme for the production of the bioactive lysophospholipid lysophosphatidic acid remains unknown. Serum ATX enzymatic activity reportedly increases in parallel with liver fibrosis and exhibits a gender difference. METHODS Serum ATX antigen level, measured easier than the activity, was(More)
BACKGROUND Neoplastic seeding reportedly occurs in up to 12.5% of patients treated with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study is to assess the incidence, risk factors, and prognosis of neoplastic seeding after RFA among a large number of patients with a long-term follow-up. METHOD From February 1999 to(More)