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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the technical feasibility and safety considerations of balloon-occluded transarterial chemoembolization (B-TACE) using a newly developed 1.8-French (Fr) tip microballoon catheter for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIAL AND METHODS Between February 2013 and May 2013, 31 patients (20 males, 11 females; age range 56-85 years)(More)
AIM The Clinical Research Committee of the Japan Society for Portal Hypertension has conducted a nationwide questionnaire survey to clarify the current status of ectopic varices in Japan. METHODS A total of 173 cases of ectopic varices were collected. RESULTS Duodenal varices were found in 57 cases, and most of them were located in the descending to(More)
CASE A 73 year old female had been diagnosed as primary biliary cirrhosis and Sjögren's syndrome since the age of 50. With persisting hyperammonemia, the patient was admitted on several occasions for the management of hepatic encephalopathy. Computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the abdomen showed varices in the splenic hilar(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate balloon-occluded arterial stump pressure (BOASP), which is responsible for effective balloon-occluded transarterial chemoembolization (B-TACE), at each hepatic arterial level before B-TACE using a 1.8-French tip microballoon catheter for unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIAL AND METHODS The BOASP at various(More)
OBJECTIVE The effect of an endothelin (ET) A receptor antagonist on hepatic hemodynamics in cirrhotic rats was examined. METHODS Portal pressure and hepatic tissue blood flow in cirrhotic rats were measured. Plasma ET-1 levels were determined by radioimmunoassay. BQ-123 was infused to these rats at a rate of 10 nmol/min. The sinusoids were observed by(More)
Histological and clinical features of syncytial giant cell hepatitis (GCH) are rarely observed in adults, and the disease has been associated with several autoimmune disorders and drug reactions. We describe here the case of a 62-year-old woman who presented with evidence of severe acute hepatocellular injury and cholestasis. Serum work-up demonstrated(More)
The hepatic canalicular membrane has transporters that play an important role as efflux pumps in the excretion of endogenous bile constituents or xenobiotics into bile canaliculi. To elucidate functional significance of canalicular transporters in the mechanism of cholestasis, mRNA expression levels of multidrug resistance (mdr) 1b, mdr2 and canalicular(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The precise mechanism of bile regurgitation from the biliary system to the blood stream still remains to be elucidated. The aim of this study was to examine the initial site of bile regurgitation in vivo after common bile duct (CBD) obstruction by digitally enhanced fluorescence microscopy. METHODS The fluorescence excreted into bile(More)
To clarify the impact of adherence, we treated 122 genotype 1 high viral titer chronic hepatitis C patients with pegylated interferon (peg-IFN) and ribavirin for 48 weeks at nine referral hospitals, and evaluated the prognostic factors with a focus on the adherence to the treatment. This study included 68 (55.7%) treatment-naïve patients and 54 (44.3%)(More)
We report a case of fatal liver failure due to reactivation of lamivudine-resistant HBV. A 53-year-old man was followed since 1998 for HBV-related chronic hepatitis. Serum HBV-DNA was 150 MEq/mL (branched DNA signal amplification assay) and ALT levels fluctuated between 50-200 IU/L with no clinical signs of liver cirrhosis. Lamivudine (100 mg/d) was started(More)