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We reviewed 27 cases of tibial bone defects treated by internal bone transport using the Ilizarov method. The causes of the bone defects were open fractures in 14 segments and infected non-unions in 13. The average length of the defects was 8.3 cm (range, 3–20 cm). There were 21 one-level tibial transports, 3 two-level tibial transports, 1 one-level tibial(More)
Patients who require long-term steroid use are at risk for the development of osteonecrosis. However, the risk period for developing osteonecrosis of the femoral head has not yet been defined. The authors attempted to determine the onset of osteonecrosis of the femoral head following steroid treatment. Medical record data of patients with steroid-related(More)
Background: We compared T2-weighted and heavily T2-weighted breath-hold turbo spin-echo (TSE) sequences with T2-weighted non-breath-hold TSE sequence to evaluate hepatic hemangiomas on magnetic resonance (MR) with a phased-array multicoil. Methods: Twenty-two patients with 27 hemangiomas were studied at 1.0-T scanner by using T2-weighted and heavily(More)
The objective of the present study was to determine whether an analysis of two-phase spiral computed tomographic (CT) features provides a sound basis for the differential diagnosis between gallbladder carcinoma and chronic cholecystitis. Eighty-two patients, 35 with gallbladder carcinoma and 47 with chronic cholecystitis, underwent two-phase spiral CT. We(More)
We investigated telomere length changes in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) receiving conventional-dose chemotherapy. Using Southern blot analysis, telomere length was measured in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from five NHL patients at diagnosis, 15 NHL patients after chemotherapy, and 39 healthy controls. Compared with age-matched putative(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) is a biological mediator that is synthesized from L-arginine by the nitric oxide synthase (NOS) family. We investigated the expression of iNOS in bone marrow (BM) mononuclear cells (MNCs) using a reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay and the concentration of NO from BM serum by measuring the metabolite NO2 − in 13(More)
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