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BACKGROUND Prolonged cough is one of the troublesome symptoms commonly seen in daily practice. Especially, detection of allergic cough such as bronchial asthma (BA), cough variant asthma (CVA) and eosinophilic bronchitis without asthma (EB) is important because the prevalence of these disorders are high. We previously reported fractional exhaled nitric(More)
BACKGROUND In the latest Global Initiative for Asthma guideline, neither sputum eosinophilia nor fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) have been evaluated prospectively as an aid in asthma diagnosis, but these measurements are being evaluated for potential use in determining optimal treatment. OBJECTIVE To report criteria for screening asthma using(More)
A 71-year-old woman with no respiratory symptoms, was admitted because of a solitary pulmonary nodule on a chest radiograph. Computed tomography revealed a 2.0 cm nodule with pleural indentation in the right S2. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission (18F-FDG-PET) showed positive tumor uptake (maximum standardized uptake value = 4.8). Bronchoscopy yielded(More)
A 65-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of dyspnea on exertion. He had oculocutaneous albinism innately and his parents were consanguineous. His chest roentgenogram on admission showed reticulo-nodular infiltrates and cystic changes throughout both lung fields, and 7 cm mass in the left middle field. Cytology of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid(More)
Psoriasis, a chronic, immune-mediated skin disease characterized by red, scaly plaques, affects approximately 0.3% of the population in Japan. The aim of this open-label study was to evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of ixekizumab, a humanized, anti-interleukin-17A monoclonal antibody, in Japanese patients with plaque psoriasis (n = 78, including(More)
A 52-year-old man who was admitted for cardiogenic shock after acute myocardial infarction developed severe left ventricular dysfunction despite reperfusion therapy with coronary stents. After the 40th hospital day, he started to have cough and pulmonary infiltrates. Antimicrobial therapies and subsequent prednisolone for bronchiolitis obliterans organizing(More)
A 77-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with muscle weakness and shortness of breath. Chest CT showed a mass in the left upper lobe, and electromyography showed waxing phenomenon with high-frequency repetitive stimulation. We diagnosed Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome accompanying small cell lung cancer. He was treated with carboplatin and(More)
Cancer patients are at high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), and the combination of these two conditions is well known as Trousseau's syndrome. Here we present four cases of Trousseau's syndrome associated with advanced lung adenocarcinoma. In addition to fibrinogen degradation products (FDP) and D-dimer, the levels of mucin-producing markers, such as(More)
BACKGROUND Asthma education is an important adjunct for asthma control although the way asthma education affects asthma outcomes is poorly understood. The asthma control test (ACT), forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV(1)), and fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) have all been used as markers of asthma control. However, the use of FeNO as a surrogate(More)