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Although serum CA 19-9 is considered to be a useful and specific tumor marker for pancreatic cancer, some patients with benign pulmonary diseases show elevated serum CA 19-9 levels. We measured serum CA 19-9 levels of 156 patients with benign pulmonary diseases (55 with asbestosis, 11 with bronchial asthma, 32 with bronchiectasis, 16 with idiopathic… (More)
When nasotracheal intubation with a fiberoptic bronchoscope is performed, the tube may be blocked in the nasal cavity or larynx, resulting in several complications including epistaxis and hoarseness. We review the causes and complications of tube blockage and discuss optimal techniques for minimizing it.
A case of hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) induced by hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) is described. Serial determinations of the lymphocyte surface phenotypes by two-color assay revealed the following: 1) increased activated cytotoxic T lymphocytes in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), and 2) increased percentage and absolute number of non-major… (More)
Although the patch test for visual skin observation is widely used clinically, it does not allow the mechanisms of side effects to be assessed. In this study, we examined poultice-type KP801 and tape-type KP-T patches containing ketoprofen. The parameters to measure side effects on skin were peeling intensity, amount of stripped stratum corneum, skin… (More)
A 68 year-old male who was ex-smoker presented with fever and cough. Chest radiograph showed infiltrative shadows in both upper lung fields. A sputum smear for acid-fast bacilli was positive. But the isolate was not identified by polymerase chain reaction method. Acid-fast bacilli were cultured from sputum, but the identification was not done by DNA-DNA… (More)
Respiratory viral infections are frequently associated with exacerbations of asthma. Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) produced during viral infections may be one of the stimuli for exacerbation. We aimed to assess the potential effect of dsRNA on certain aspects of chronic asthma through the administration of polyinosine-polycytidylic acid (poly I:C), synthetic… (More)
Steri-Strips (3M, Two Harbors, MN, USA) have recently been employed for skin closures after orthopedic surgeries. Here we compare the performance of Steri-Strips and skin staples for wound closure after primary total knee arthroplasties (TKAs). A total of 76 consecutive osteoarthritic knees (71 patients) that underwent a primary TKA at our facility were… (More)
PURPOSE The preoperative prevalence of osteoporosis and/or osteopenia and overall bone quality in prospective total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients may affect the postoperative outcome after prosthetic insertion into the bone. The purpose of this study is to determine the baseline bone mineral density (BMD) and bone turnover in preoperative, female,… (More)
A 57-year-old woman had been treated with penicillamine (200 mg/day) for degenerative arthritis initially misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis since 2003. She presented with dyspnea and was admitted to our hospital in 2004. Pulmonary function tests revealed mixed pattern of dysfunction with severe airway obstruction. Chest computed tomography showed mosaic… (More)
Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP) developed in association with primary Sjögren's syndrome in a 69-year-old female. She died of diffuse alveolar damage superimposed on BOOP in spite of corticosteroid therapy.