Takenori Kanekawa

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It is considered difficult to make a definitive diagnosis of focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) of <3 cm when using conventional diagnostic imaging modalities. Typical FNH imaging findings are: i) central scar formation, ii) nutrient vessels extending radially from the center and iii) the presence of Kupffer cells. In a clinical setting, identification of a(More)
PURPOSE It has been reported that Th2 cytokines downregulate antitumor immunity, while activation of type T cells promotes antitumor immunity. The aim of this paper was to evaluate host immunity in liver cirrhosis (LC) patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (aHCC) receiving sorafenib therapy. METHODS Forty-five adult Japanese LC patients received(More)
AIM Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a primary driving force for both physiological and pathological angiogenesis, and its overexpression has been found in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study was to retrospectively clarify the usefulness of serum VEGF levels as a tumor marker in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether the degree of liver disease progression in chronic hepatitis C infection can be evaluated by arrival time parametric imaging using contrast-enhanced sonography with Sonazoid (perfluorobutane; GE Healthcare, Oslo, Norway). METHODS In this study, 60 patients with liver disease in chronic hepatitis C infection were examined and(More)
A 55-year-old male was admitted in mid-April 2011 with a fever of >39˚C and pain in the lower right abdomen. A medical examination revealed sepsis originating from colonic diverticulitis. Abdominal B-mode ultrasonography (US) performed on admission detected thrombi in the superior mesenteric vein and in the right branch of the hepatic portal vein. Arrival(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this retrospective cohort study was to clarify the effect of a branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) on the liver function and the prognosis of Child-Pugh class (C-P) A and B liver cirrhosis (LC) patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (aHCC) undergoing hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy (HAIC). METHODS Ninety-two adult Japanese(More)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is frequently isolated from skin lesions, such as in the decubitus region. There is a possibility that MRSA through these lesions can spread widely in a hospital. However, local treatment with most antibiotics and antiseptics (povidone-iodine) is not effective to eradicate MRSA from the infected decubitus.(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS It has been reported that Th2 cytokines down-regulate antitumor immunity, while activation of Th1 cells promotes such immunity. The aim of this study was to assess changes of host immunity in relation to efficacy in patients with liver cirrhosis (LC) and advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (aHCC) treated by combined intra-arterial chemotherapy(More)