To examine whether microchimerism occurs in Japanese women patients with systemic sclerosis, we analysed the Y-chromosome in DNA by PCR. There was no significant difference between patients and healthy people, suggesting that microchimerism may not be the sole pathogenesis in Japanese women with systemic sclerosis.
OBJECTIVES It is important to assess the mandibular morphology when orthognathic surgery, especially mandibular ramus osteotomy, is performed. Several studies on three-dimensional (3D) facial asymmetry have reported differences in linear and angle measurements between the deviated and contralateral sides in asymmetric mandibles. However, methods used in… (More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the new tailored contrast truck-fluid-attenuated driven inversion-recovery (TACT-FLADIR) sequence. Technically, this sequence uses a nonselectively driven inversion (DI) pulse as the inversion pulse. The DI pulse has two parameters, number of refocus pulses (NR) and preparation time (TP). Using normal volunteers,… (More)