Takeharu Asano

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BACKGROUND AND AIM Low levels of serum adiponectin have been reported to be associated with obesity, diabetes, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), as well as several malignancies. Adiponectin knockout (KO) mice have been reported to cause insulin resistance and neointimal formation of the artery. We used adiponectin KO mice fed a high fat (HF) diet,(More)
The present study reports a rare case of full-blown Cushing's disease several years after an episode of pituitary apoplexy. A 60 year-old woman complained of muscular weakness and generalized malaise. Ten years ago she had an episode of pituitary apoplexy. Diabetes mellitus was diagnosed at age 56, and thereafter she had been controlled her plasma glucose(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the fifth most common cancer type and the third highest cause of cancer death worldwide, develops in different types of liver injuries, and is mostly associated with cirrhosis. However, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease often causes HCC with less fibrosis, and the number of patients with this disease is rapidly(More)
A 78-year-old man with hepatocellular carcinoma treated by chemoembolization and percutaneous ethanol injection was admitted to our hospital because of acute abdomen. The CT scan showed biliary fistula caused by hepatocellular carcinoma protruding from S3. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography showed disruption of an intrahepatic duct and the main(More)
Splenic tumors are very rare. In Japan only 42 cases of splenic angiosarcoma have been reported. We encountered a case of spontaneous rupture of a splenic angiosarcoma and liver metastasis. A 60-year-old woman who suddenly went into hemorrhagic shock presented at our hospital. Then acute spontaneously ruptured spleen and hepatic tumors were diagnosed by(More)
AIM The combination therapy of pegylated interferon-α and ribavirin (PEG IFN/RBV) is one of the effective treatments for chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients. Natural killer (NK)-cell activity was reported to be impaired in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The aim of this study was to examine whether PEG IFN/RBV therapy could restore NK activity in CHC(More)
Ultrasonography-based visceral fat estimation is a promising method to assess central obesity, which is associated with metabolic syndrome. The key to this method is to measure three types of distance in the ultrasound image. The most important one is the distance from the skin surface to the posterior wall of the abdominal aorta. We present a novel(More)
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