Yasuhiko Abe

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Recognizing the critical need for standardization in strain imaging, in 2010, the European Association of Echocardiography (now the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, EACVI) and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) invited technical representatives from all interested vendors to participate in a concerted effort to reduce intervendor(More)
The relative contribution of gastric acid secretion and Helicobacter pylori infection to low-dose aspirin-induced gastropathy remains to be clarified. This is partly because the capability of the infection to modify gastric acid secretion complicates the interaction. The aim of this study was to estimate the association of aspirin-induced mucosal injury, as(More)
OBJECTIVES The acidity of the refluxate into the esophagus is a key factor for the pathogenesis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection can influence gastric acid secretion. We have reported that H. pylori infection prevents reflux esophagitis by decreasing gastric acid secretion in Japanese patients, but the role of(More)
Atrophic gastritis (AG) is a well-recognized high-risk condition for developing gastric cancer (GC). Gastrin 17 (G17), a hormone secreted from antral G cells, regulates gastric acid secretion, and its serum level is a possible indicator of antral atrophy. Serum pepsinogen is well established as the indicator of AG involving the corpus. Here we investigated(More)
AIM To examine the prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms in a large unselected general population in Japan. METHODS In Japan, mature adults are offered regular check-ups for the prevention of gastric cancer. A notice was sent by mail to all inhabitants aged>40 years. A total of 160983 Japanese (60774 male, 100209 female; mean age(More)
AIM To study the value of serum biomarker tests to differentiate between patients with healthy or diseased stomach mucosa: i.e. those with Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) gastritis or atrophic gastritis, who have a high risk of gastric cancer or peptic ulcer diseases. METHODS Among 162 Japanese outpatients, pepsinogen I (Pg I) and II (Pg II) were measured(More)
OBJECTIVES A recent study in Sweden has reported that gastric atrophy is associated with an increased risk for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. However, this finding needs to be confirmed in other ethnic groups due to the wide geographic variation of this cancer. OBJECTIVES To investigate whether gastric atrophy is associated with a risk for esophageal(More)
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) has been a rarely recognized condition in Asian populations, and its clinical manifestation is rarely documented. Our aim was to describe clinically, endoscopically, and pathologically the features of patients with esophageal eosinophilia, including EoE. Twelve patients histologically proven to have esophageal eosinophilia(More)
OBJECTIVE In patients with Duchenne's progressive muscular dystrophy (DMD), myocardial fibrosis begins from the epicardial half of the left ventricular posterior wall. Myocardial strain imaging by tissue Doppler echocardiography is a new method for assessing regional myocardial function. We hypothesized that this method might be useful for the early(More)
Measurement of the gastric acid secretion is useful for estimating the risk for various diseases in the upper gastro-intestinal tract; however, the procedure causes significant distress to the subjects. Pepsinogens I and II are secreted from the gastric fundic glands, and thus, the serum pepsinogen levels reflect the gastric functional statuses. The aim of(More)