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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)
A case of severe pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) with interstitial involvement, mediastinal lymphadenopathy and an elevation of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and the serum is presented. Alveolar macrophages may play a major role in these rare and seemingly unrelated findings.
Ketoprofen has been reported to have such side effects as photosensitive dermatitis in humans (The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, 2001). In the present study, as part of a safety evaluation of Miltax, an application drug containing ketoprofen, phototoxicity of Miltax was examined in guinea pigs. In the present skin phototoxicity study, Miltax was… (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)
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.
We have established a robust, fully automated analytical method for the determination of indomethacin in rat plasma using a column-switching high-performance chromatographic system. The system consists of a precolumn and an analytical column connected in series via a switching valve. When a 50-microl portion of rat plasma containing a therapeutic level of… (More)
For the purpose of investigating the time of development and myelination of the optic nerve, we applied immunohistochemical stains to the optic nerves of 26 human embryos and fetuses aged 6-39 weeks. The minimum diameter of the optic nerve's cross section increased with the development of embryos; 0.15 mm at the 9th week, 0.4 mm at the 11th week, 1.5 mm at… (More)
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.
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)