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PURPOSE We retrospectively evaluated endoscopic findings in 165 patients with impacted ureteral stones to determine the incidence of associated ureteral lesions and predisposing factors for such lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS From July 1993 to March 2003 we performed retrograde endoscopic treatment in 165 patients with ureteral stones that had been(More)
Concomitant cyclosporine interacts with mycophenolic acid (MPA) through inhibition of the biliary excretion of its glucuronide (MPAG). The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of calcineurin inhibitors on the plasma disposition and urinary excretion of MPA and MPAG in kidney transplant recipients. Twelve recipients treated with tacrolimus and 18(More)
We report two cases of chromophobe cell renal carcinoma. Case 1 was in a 62-year-old man with the chief complaint of hematospermia. Ultrasound incidentally detected a left renal mass. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a relatively homogeneous, hypovascular tumor of the left kidney. We performed radical nephrectomy after(More)
BACKGROUND In Japan, bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG: Tokyo 172 strain) instillation is generally performed at a dose of 80 mg once weekly for eight consecutive weeks; however, many adverse effects including severe ones have been reported. We employed a dose of 40 mg once a week for six consecutive weeks in principle for carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the(More)
INTRODUCTION Adrenocorticotropic hormone-independent macronodular adrenal hyperplasia, characterized by bilateral macronodular adrenal hypertrophy and autonomous cortisol production, is a rare cause of Cushing's syndrome. Bilateral adrenalectomy is considered the standard treatment for adrenocorticotropic hormone-independent macronodular adrenal hyperplasia(More)
PURPOSE We retrospectively analyzed the preoperative clinical parameters which influence operative time and intraoperative maximum systolic blood pressure in patients undergoing laparoscopic adrenalectomy for pheochromocytoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between January 1992 and September 2010, we performed 28 laparoscopic adrenalectomies for pheochromocytoma(More)
A 59-year-old woman who identified as a Jehovah's Witness was diagnosed with pheochromocytoma in the left adrenal gland, measuring 11 cm in diameter, during treatment for hypertension. Given her desire to undergo transfusion-less surgery for religious reasons, we obtained fully informed consent and had the patient sign both a transfusion refusal and(More)
Chromophobe cell renal carcinoma is an uncommon type of renal cell carcinoma, and the number of reported cases in Japan is small. The ultrasonographic (US) features of this rare tumor are not defined. We reviewed the imaging findings of four pathologically proven chromophobe cell renal carcinomas. US, color Doppler US (DUS), computed tomography (CT) and(More)
We report a case of proliferative cystitis forming ureterovesical junction obstruction. A 28-year-old man presented with a complaint of gross hematuria. Abdominal ultrasonography revealed left hydronephrosis and bladder tumor. Drip infusion pyelography (DIP) demonstrated left ureterovesical junction obstruction and cystoscopic findings appeared papillary(More)