Shuichi Iwahashi

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With the progress of surgical techniques and devices, laparoscopic hepatectomy (Lap-Hx) became a realizable option for patients with liver tumors. However, the feasibility of Lap-Hx for metastatic liver tumor of colorectal cancer also should be guaranteed oncologically. This study evaluated the short- and long-term outcomes of Lap-Hx compared with open(More)
AIM   The aim of this study was to investigate the characteristics of super-elderly hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients aged 80 years or more who underwent hepatectomy and to clarify whether elderly patients with HCC benefit from hepatectomy. METHODS   Between March 1992 and December 2008, 278 patients who underwent curative hepatectomy for HCC were(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The long-term survival of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma remains unsatisfactory because of the presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are responsible for tumor recurrence and chemoresistance after hepatectomy. Drugs that selectively target CSCs thus offer great promise for cancer treatment. Although the antitumor effects of(More)
A nonspecific inflammatory and thrombotic reaction termed instant blood-mediated inflammatory reaction (IBMIR) has been reported when allogenic or xenogenic islets come into contact with blood. This reaction is known to cause significant loss of transplanted islets. We hypothesized that IBMIR occurs in patients undergoing total pancreatectomy followed by(More)
BACKGROUND Adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs), which are widely known as multipotent progenitor cells, release several cytokines that support cell survival and repair. The aim of this study was to investigate whether ADSC-secreted molecules could induce a trophic effect in pancreatic islet culture conditions in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND In this study we investigated whether adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) had any beneficial protective effects on liver injury and regeneration in vivo. Moreover, we examined whether ADSCs protect hepatocytes via trophic molecules. MATERIALS AND METHODS We transplanted ADSCs into mice after 70% hepatectomy and ischemia-reperfusion, and observed(More)
INTRODUCTION CD151 is a member of the tetraspanin family, which interacts with laminin-binding integrins and other tetraspanins. CD151 is involved in several pathologic activities associated with tumor progression, including metastasis and angiogenesis. The aim of this study was to clarify the clinical use of CD151 expression in gallbladder cancer (GBC). (More)
AIM   With the recent advances in medical or surgical treatments in chronic hepatic disorders, the indications for splenectomy in hepatic disorders have greatly expanded. We performed splenectomy for cirrhotic patients and investigated the effects of splenectomy on hepatic functional reserve and nutrition metabolism. METHODS   Eighteen patients(More)
AIM It is reasonable to investigate non-tumor liver tissues to predict a risk for development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A molecular analysis of chronically damaged liver tissues may identify specific miRNA expression profiles associated with a risk for multicentric (MC) HCC. METHODS Twenty HCC patients, who underwent a curative hepatectomy were(More)
We report an impressive case with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (ZES), in which stress-induced sympathetic discharge influenced serum gastrin. Our patient was a 35-yr-old female who complained of frequent and massive vomiting (more than 4000 ml of gastric juice) which was aggravated especially by psychosocial stress. Basal hypergastrinemia (1900 pg/ml) was(More)