Tatsuma Fukuhara

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BACKGROUND A lack of published data remains on factors associated with the treatment response to proton pump inhibitors (PPI) in patients with non-erosive reflux disease (NERD). METHODS Studies on effectiveness of PPI in patients with NERD were identified using the MEDLINE database and manual searches of the available literature. Twenty publications that(More)
BACKGROUND The relationship between esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) and Lugol-voiding lesions (LVLs) in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is unclear. AIM To investigate the characteristics of ESCC and the relationship between ESCC and LVLs in patients with HNSCC. METHODS Between 2003 and 2006, 157 patients with(More)
AIM To clarify the prevalence of defensive medicine and the specific defensive medicine practices among gastroenterologists in Japan. METHODS A survey of gastroenterologists in Hiroshima, Japan, was conducted by mail in March 2006. The number of gastroenterologists reporting defensive medicine behaviors or changes in their scope of practice and the(More)
BACKGROUND The presence of multiple Lugol-voiding lesions (LVLs) in the esophageal mucosa can indicate a high risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) as well as a diagnosis of ESCC and dysplasia. However, there have been no reports on the natural course of LVLs. AIM This study aimed to clarify the characteristics and natural course of LVLs. (More)
AIM To examine the allegations in malpractice litigations related to gastrointestinal endoscopy in Japan. METHODS A retrospective review of cases tried in the civil court system during the 21-year period from 1985 to 2005, identified in a computerized legal database, was undertaken. RESULTS Eighteen malpractice litigations and a total of 30 allegations(More)
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