Soo Ryang Kim

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UNLABELLED A substantial proportion of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-1b-infected patients still do not respond to interferon-based therapy. This study aims to explore a predictive marker for the ultimate virological response of HCV-1b-infected patients treated with pegylated interferon/ribavirin (PEG-IFN/RBV) combination therapy. Nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A)(More)
OBJECTIVES The seroprevalence of hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection in Northeastern Asia is unknown. This study was conducted to gain insight into the epidemiology of HEV that has been obscure in Northeastern China, South Korea and Japan. METHODS A total of 1500 samples of serum were collected (300 each) from 5 groups of inhabitants over 40 years of age(More)
international units (IU) of IFNα, 3 days a week for a total of 24 weeks. After the IFN therapy, the patient demonstrated a normal serum ALT level, and was continuously negative for HCV-RNA, and histology improved from chronic active hepatitis to chronic persistent hepatitis. Follow-up studies with ultrasonography (US) every 3 months and computed tomography(More)
Human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) appears to be strongly associated with apoptosis and its breakdown may be involved in the occurrence of HCC. Like the Fas/Fas-L system, the tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) transduces apoptosis in a number of cancers; it is also a clinical candidate for cancer therapy. To examine its(More)
AIM To compare the imaging results with histology and to evaluate the diagnostic sensitivity of imaging modalities for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) smaller than 2 cm. METHODS Nodules smaller than 2 cm (n = 34) revealed by ultrasonography (US) in 29 patients with liver cirrhosis were analyzed. Histological diagnosis of HCC was performed by(More)
OBJECTIVE Hepatitis C virus (HCV genome) polymorphisms are thought to influence the outcome of pegylated-interferon/ribavirin (PEG-IFN/RBV) therapy. This study aimed to examine non-structural protein 5A (NS5A) polymorphisms, e.g. IFN/RBV resistance-determining region (IRRDR) and IFN sensitivity-determining region (ISDR), and core protein polymorphism as(More)
The worldwide burden of liver cancer has been estimated at 671,000 new cases for the year 2005. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) accounts for between 85 and 90% of primary liver cancer and is one of the most frequent malignancies in Asia. In both Japan and Korea, the incidence exceeds 25 cases/100,000/year and ranks third in cancer deaths after stomach and(More)
We describe a rare case of HCV-related recurrent multiple hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) metastasizing to the skull base involving multiple cranial nerves in a 50-year-old woman. The patient presented with symptoms of ptosis, fixation of the right eyeball, and left abducens palsy, indicating disturbances of the right oculomotor and trochlear nerves and(More)
Acute pancreatitis, an uncommon side effect of pegylated interferon α (PEG-IFN α) and ribavirin (RBV) combination therapy, has rarely been reported in the English language literature. Here, acute pancreatitis associated with PEG-IFN plus RBV treatment is described in three patients with chronic hepatitis C, genotype 1b with high serum hepatitis C virus RNA(More)
AIM To evaluate long-term follow-up of minimum-sized hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated with percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI). METHODS PEI was applied to 42 lesions in 31 patients (23 male and eight female) with HCC < 15 mm in diameter, over the past 15 years. RESULTS Overall survival rate was 74.1% at 3 years, 49.9% at 5 years, 27.2% at 7 years(More)