Shotaro Tsuruta

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BACKGROUND The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) continues to increase in Japan, but the clinical characteristics of Japanese patients with HCC have not been well described. The aim of this study was to determine the frequencies and utilities of elevated a-fetoprotein (AFP) and des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (DCP) levels as biomarkers in(More)
We encountered a case of portal-systemic shunt encephalopathy cured by balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (B-RTO). A 73-year-old man had been observed for membranous nephropathy at our hospital since 1987. There was no past history of liver dysfunction. He was admitted with encephalopathy. Abdominal enhanced computed tomography showed a(More)
α-fetoprotein (AFP) is a tumor marker of hepa-tocellular carcinoma (HCC) and has also been reported to reflect the effectiveness of long-term low-dose interferon (IFN) therapy in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients with chronic liver disease. The correlation between AFP levels and the incidence of HCC has been discussed over a long period. We(More)
AIM To investigate, in a large number of cases at multiple institutions, the effects and limitations of antiviral therapy for hepatitis C following treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in clinical practice. METHODS Retrospective analysis was performed of 112 patients who had received interferon (IFN) for treating hepatitis C following treatment of(More)
Background. HCV infection is associated with lipid disorders because this virus utilizes the host lipid metabolism to sustain its life cycle. Several studies have indicated that higher concentrations of serum cholesterol and LDL before treatment are important predictors of higher rates of sustained virological response (SVR). However, most of these studies(More)
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