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BACKGROUND Although the number of patients and incidence rate of Kawasaki disease (KD) are increasing in Japan, the most recent epidemiologic features of KD are not known. METHODS The 21st nationwide survey of KD was conducted in 2011 and included patients treated for the disease in 2009 and 2010. Hospitals specializing in pediatrics, and hospitals with a(More)
BACKGROUND The number of patients and incidence rate of Kawasaki disease (KD) are increasing in Japan. We have therefore characterized the latest epidemiological information on KD. METHODS The 22nd nationwide survey of KD, which targeted patients diagnosed with KD in 2011 and 2012, was conducted in 2013 and included a total of 1983 departments and(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac lesions, such as coronary dilatation, aneurysms, narrowing, myocardial infarction, and valvular lesions, sometimes occur in Kawasaki disease, but most studies have only evaluated cardiac lesions in the later phase of the disease. This study was undertaken to clarify the related factors between cardiac lesions and laboratory data in the(More)
BACKGROUND The long-term outcomes of Kawasaki disease (KD) are unknown. METHODS Fifty-two collaborating hospitals collected data on all patients who had received a new definite diagnosis of KD between July 1982 and December 1992. Patients were followed until December 31, 2009 or death. Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) were calculated based on Japanese(More)
A 71-year-old woman with a solitary mucinous cystic neoplasm of the pancreatic tail complained of back pain. A laproscopic distal pancreatectomy was performed. Laparosonic coagulating shears (LCS) were employed for dissection of the surrounding tissue and transection of the pancreas. The main pancreatic duct was clipped. There was no evidence of bleeding or(More)
Portal hypertension predisposes gastric mucosa to increased damage by noxious agents. Adaptive cytoprotection has not been studied in portal hypertensive gastric mucosa. We evaluated adaptive cytoprotection in the gastric mucosa of portal hypertensive rats by exposure to ethanol. The injury index (percent gross lesions) was significantly higher in portal(More)
OBJECT Syringomyelia is a rare disease commonly caused by Chiari I malformation. Surgery by neurosurgeons and orthopedists is a critical treatment for symptomatic patients, and surgical techniques are associated with improved symptoms for these patients. The aim of this study was to determine the different surgical techniques used by neurosurgeons and(More)
AIMS To propose a caregiver daily impression (CDI) rating instrument for personal caregivers of residents living in long-term care facilities (LTCF) to comprehensively evaluate residents' daily health condition, and to investigate whether the CDI reflects illness latency and severity in residents transferred emergently. METHODS We carried out a(More)
PURPOSE To describe differences in physical activity in the context of clustering patterns of health-promoting behaviors. DESIGN A cross-sectional study with 1724 participants (response rate, 91.1%). SETTING Tadami Town, in a rural area of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. SUBJECTS Part of the general population who participated in annual health checkups(More)
BACKGROUND Syringomyelia is a rare disease characterized by abnormal fluid-filled cavities within the spinal cord, and is associated with Chiari malformations, arachnoiditis, or spinal cord tumors. The widespread availability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in Japan has allowed for easy identification of syrinxes. The aim of this study was to survey the(More)