T. Kuragano

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) in Asian countries, including Japan, is classified into two types: conventional MS (C-MS), characterized mainly by cerebral lesions, and opticospinal MS (OS-MS) or neuromyelitis optica (NMO), characterized by selective involvement of the optic nerve and spinal cord. Recently, a serum immunoglobulin-G-antibody was discovered in(More)
The results of recent randomized, controlled trials in patients with chronic kidney disease and anemia have suggested that hyporesponsiveness to erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESA) is a significant predictor of poor patient outcomes. Functional iron deficiency (FID) is the most common cause of suboptimal ESA response, and intravenous iron administration(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, acetate-free citrate containing dialysate (A(-)D) was developed. We have already reported about the significant effect of A(-)D on metabolic acidosis, anemia, and malnutrition in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients. In this study, we compared the effect of A(-)D and acetate containing dialysate (A(+)D) on serum calcium and(More)
OBJECTIVE It has been reported that hyporesponsiveness to erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) is associated with adverse events in patients on maintenance hemodialysis (MHD). However, it has not been determined whether higher iron storage is associated with an improved response, including better survival, to ESA. DESIGN AND METHOD We measured serum(More)
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