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The importance of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha and the TNF receptor gene polymorphisms in the etipathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has not been elucidated. DNA from peripheral blood samples was obtained from 124 patients with Crohn's disease (CD), 106 patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), and 111 unrelated healthy controls. We examined(More)
Leukocytapheresis (LCAP), performed with a leukocyte removal filter, was administered five times, at 1-week intervals, for 5 weeks of intensive therapy and five times, at approximately 1-month intervals, for approximately 5 months of maintenance therapy, to 13 patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) diagnosed as ulcerative colitis (UC) in 8 and(More)
Background. The etiology of inflammatory bowel disease, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, has not yet been made clear. However, inflammatory bowel disease is recognized as a multifactorial disease, and innate genetic factors might contribute to the pathogenesis. Cytokine genes are thought to be important in inflammatory bowel disease.(More)
Both monocyte-granulocytapheresis (M-GCAP) and leukocytapheresis (LCAP) are categorized as extracorporeal leukocyte removal therapies (ECCTs). These therapies have been recognized as efficient adjuncts for patients of steroid-resistant ulcerative colitis (UC). This study aimed to consider the adaptation and the limitation of these new therapies from the(More)
An 18-year-old woman was treated with leukocytapheresis (LCAP) for her combined ulcerative colitis (UC) and aortitis syndrome (AS). Because a close relationship between these two diseases has been suspected based on their etiological and/or pathological findings, we had hypothesized that LCAP, which has satisfactory effects on inflammatory bowel disease(More)
As we consider succinic acid to be an exacerbating factor in ulcerative colitis, we investigated its influence on rat colonic mucosa in terms of mucosal blood flow and superoxide generation. We measured mucosal blood flow by the hydrogen gas clearance method and superoxide generation by the chemiluminescence method, and observed histopathological findings(More)
Chronic cough is the only symptom of eosinophilic bronchitis (EB). There is considerable overlap between EB and atopic cough. To investigate the antitussive effects of a histamine H1-recetor antagonist, epinastine hydrochloride (epinastine, CAS 80012-43-7, Alesion; 20 mg/day, once daily), cough scores, pulmonary function, capsaicin cough threshold, and(More)
We report an erythema nodosum (EN) patient whose condition became apparent during the clinical course of ulcerative colitis (UC). The patient relapsed frequently in spite of taking a high dose adrenocortical steroid during his morbidity period of UC. Monocyte-granulocytapheresis (M-GCAP) was combined with 5-aminosalicylic acid 2250 mg/day peroral and once a(More)
BACKGROUND Spinal metastasis is considered to have a worse prognosis in lung cancer than in other cancers, but recent clinical studies report improved overall survival of lung cancer. We compared the postoperative prognoses of vertebral metastatic tumors from lung with other types of cancer. METHODS From 2011 to 2015, 31 Japanese patients (mean age 73(More)
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