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BACKGROUND The concept of antimicrobial prophylaxis (AMP) did not exist in Japan until recently. Therefore, postoperative administration of antimicrobial drugs has long been practiced under the pretext of prophylaxis against surgical site infection (SSI). In recent years, however, the concept of AMP and prophylactic countermeasures against SSI, based on(More)
This review describes the general histopathological features of cryptococcosis in immunocompetent individuals, as well as in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Details of the histological examination of cryptococcal lesions are described, with the consideration of morphological modifications induced by treatment with highly active(More)
The CH50 values in the serum and plasma, especially those from chronic hepatitis caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV), are strongly affected and reduced through a process known as cold activation. We attempted to optimize the conditions of blood sampling and storage for the CH50 assay with a recently developed liposome-based assay kit. The bloods were obtained(More)
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