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BACKGROUND Thymic carcinoma is a rare tumor. Limited data are available regarding the effectiveness of treatment and the prognosis of thymic carcinoma. The present study aimed to clarify the prognostic factors in patients who underwent resection. METHODS The study retrospectively reviewed 21 patients (15 men, 6 women) with thymic carcinoma who had(More)
A preoperative quantitative evaluation of soft tissues is helpful for planning total knee arthroplasty, in addition to the conventional clinical examinations involved in moving the knee manually. We evaluated preoperative coronal laxity with osteoarthritis in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty by applying a force of 150 N with an arthrometer. We(More)
There are physiological variations in the levels of leucocytes. Among these, the circadian rhythm is very important in terms of the magnitude. Since newly identified lymphocyte subsets (i.e. extrathymic T cells) have recently been detected, a comprehensive study of the circadian rhythm was conducted. All leucocytes were found to vary in number or proportion(More)
ZAP-70 deficiency is a rare primary immunodeficiency characterized by the absence of peripheral CD8+ T cells and defects in T-cell receptor (TCR) signalling. T cells in ZAP-70-deficient patients are assumed to have no helper functions for B-cell immunoglobulin synthesis, whereas the patients rarely have antigen-specific antibodies. We experienced a(More)
We analysed the biochemical features of receptors for the Fc-region of IgA (Fc alphaR, CD89) on blood monocytes and granulocytes of patients with IgA nephropathy (IgAN). Fc alphaR on monocytes of IgAN were found to have a higher Mr (60-80 kD) than those of control monocytes (50-75 kD) and granulocytes (55-75 kD) in both IgAN and controls as shown by(More)
A four-year-old male with steroid refractory nephrotic syndrome was found to have diffuse deposition of alpha 2-macroglobulin (alpha 2M) in the glomeruli which showed diffuse mesangial proliferation and partial hyalinization by light microscopy. Camostat mesylate, a commercially available synthetic proteinase inhibitor, led to biochemical and clinical(More)
AIM This study was undertaken 5 months after the 2004 Niigata-Chuetsu earthquake in Japan to assess factors that impacted on psychological distress and its recovery. METHODS Three thousand and twenty-six adult victims who lived in temporary shelter and in seriously damaged areas were evaluated by questionnaire. The questionnaire queried subject profile,(More)
The purpose of this study was to clarify the changes between preoperation and postoperation in each posterior condylar offset (PCO) using computed tomography (CT) and to compare them to conventional radiographic (x-ray) evaluation in total knee arthroplasty. One hundred nine knees in 97 patients were evaluated. The medial PCO was significantly larger before(More)
BACKGROUND Studies of medial and lateral femoral posterior condylar offset have disagreed on whether posterior condylar offset affects maximum knee flexion angle after TKA. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES We asked whether posterior condylar offset was correlated with knee flexion angle 1 year after surgery in (1) a PCL-retaining meniscal-bearing TKA implant, or in (2)(More)
BACKGROUND Stiffness after a TKA can cause patient dissatisfaction and diminished function, therefore it is important to characterize predictors of ROM after TKA. Studies of AP translation in conscious individuals disagree whether AP translation affects maximum knee flexion angle after implantation of a highly congruent sphere and trough geometry(More)