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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The prophylactic use of protease inhibitors in patients undergoing ERCP is still controversial. Our purpose was to evaluate the efficacy of protease inhibitors in preventing ERCP-associated complications. DESIGN AND SETTING Meta-analysis; randomized trials that evaluated the efficacy of protease inhibitors were identified. (More)
OBJECTIVES Protease inhibitors are used to treat acute pancreatitis, but their effectiveness remains unclear. We performed a meta-analysis to determine whether treatment with protease inhibitors reduces overall mortality or morbidity from acute pancreatitis. METHODS Articles of randomized controlled trials evaluating effects of protease inhibitors for(More)
BACKGROUND The intravenous use of protease inhibitors in patients with acute pancreatitis is still controversial. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of protease inhibitors intravenously administered to prevent pancreatitis-associated complications. METHODS We updated our previous meta-analysis with articles of randomized(More)
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) vaccine, Fel-O-Vax FIV, was released for sale in the US in 2002. The antibodies of vaccinated cats interfere with serological assays by currently available FIV diagnostic kits. In this study, we investigated whether it is possible to distinguish serologically cats vaccinated with Fel-O-Vax FIV from cats experimentally or(More)
Mucocele of the appendix due to endometriosis is extremely rare, and there are only 10 previously reported cases in the English literature. We report a case of mucocele of the appendix due to endometriosis and provide the first review of the literature. A 43-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital because of recurrent right lower abdominal pain during(More)
A 27-year-old man was admitted to our hospital for evaluation and treatment of liver dysfunction with jaundice and hepatosplenomegaly. The patient had severe photosensitivity from childhood. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed mild esophageal varices. The clinical manifestations, analyses of the urine and blood for porphyrins and skin biopsy led us to(More)
We report an extremely rare case of pulmonary lipiodol embolism with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) after transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A 77-year-old man who was diagnosed with a huge HCC was admitted for TACE. Immediately after the procedure, this patient experienced severe dyspnea. We(More)
A 75-year-old woman who had been given a diagnosis of a giant liver cyst occupying the right hepatic lobe was admitted to our hospital complaining of abdominal pain. CT examination revealed the size of cyst was smaller than before and the level of CRP was elevated, suggesting the development of peritonitis due to rupture of the cyst. As Candida albicans was(More)
Cholesterol crystal embolization (CCE) is a rare systemic embolism caused by formation of cholesterol crystals from atherosclerotic plaques. CCE usually occurs during vascular manipulation, such as vascular surgery or endovascular catheter manipulation, or due to anticoagulation or thrombolytic therapy. We report a rare case of intestinal obstruction caused(More)
A 91-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with a primary complaint of hematochezia. A rectal submucosal tumor and an acute hemorrhagic rectal ulcer were noted on colonoscopy. After hemostasis was achieved with APC, the patient was diagnosed with a GIST by EUS-FNA. We performed TAE of the middle and inferior rectal artery to secure hemostasis, because(More)