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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is the standard procedure for treatment of colorectal tumors. Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) can be performed for resection of larger tumors, but has not been studied in the colorectum because of technical difficulties and complications. We compared outcomes and complications after resection of(More)
We studied the relationship between physiologic parameters in cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) and prognosis in terms of survival time in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in order to accurately assess the severity of the disease. From a group of 195 patients with COPD who had consecutively undergone CPET between July 1989(More)
OBJECTIVES Adenosquamous carcinoma of the pancreas (ASC) is a rare malignant neoplasm of the pancreas, exhibiting both glandular and squamous differentiation. However, little is known about its imaging features. This study examined the imaging features of pancreatic ASC. METHODS We evaluated images of contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) and(More)
The adhesion receptor SHPS-1 activates the protein-tyrosine-phosphatase SHP-2 and thereby promotes integrin-mediated reorganization of the cytoskeleton. SHPS-1 also contributes to cell-cell communication through association with CD47. Although functional alteration of SHPS-1 is implicated in cellular transformation, the role of the CD47-SHPS-1 interaction(More)
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided biliary drainage (EUS-BD) is not normally indicated for an obstructed right intrahepatic bile duct (IHBD). The technical feasibility and clinical efficacy of a novel technique of EUS-BD for right IHBD obstruction were evaluated. A total of 11 patients underwent drainage using either a left or a right biliary access route.(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The evidence for main pancreatic duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (MPD-IPMN) malignancy is based predominantly on investigation of resected cases, and the natural history is still unclear. The aim of the present study is to investigate the natural history of MPD-IPMN and examine potential predictors of disease progression in(More)
The effects of lung cancer on the abilities of blood monocytes to produce interleukin-1 and to mediate antitumor activity were examined. The functional integrity of blood monocytes was determined by their capacity to respond in vitro to a variety of activating agents and become tumoricidal, as assessed by a radioactive release assay and ability to produce(More)
The local cellular response induced by intraperitoneal injection of mitomycin C was examined in terms of cell-mediated cytotoxicity for tumor cells. An in vitro cytolysis assay involving 125I-iododeoxyuridine-labeled tumor target cells revealed that treatment of normal ACI/N rats (200 g) with a single intraperitoneal injection of mitomycin C (50, 100, or(More)
Percutaneous drainage (PCD) is now the first-line drainage method for liver abscess because of its minimal invasiveness and high technical success rate. However, this procedure has several disadvantages, such as extra-drainage and self-tube removal. Recently, EUS-guided liver abscess drainage (EUS-AD) has been developed. However, only a few reports of(More)
The well established, gold standard method for treatment of obstructive jaundice involves biliary drainage under endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) performed by pancreatobiliary endoscopists. Recently, interventions using endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) have been developed not only for obtaining cytological and histological diagnosis, but(More)