Yasuhiko Itoh

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy, pharmacokinetics, and safety of adalimumab in patients with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in Japan. Patients aged 4 to 17 years were enrolled in a single-arm, open-label, multicentre study of adalimumab. Patients weighing <30 kg received 20 mg every other week (eow), and those ≥30(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) in patients with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA) undergoing tocilizumab (TCZ) treatment, and to confirm laboratory marker changes and responses to treatment in patients with MAS receiving TCZ. METHODS In Japan, 394 patients with sJIA were registered in an all-patient registry(More)
Encephalopathy related to idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES encephalopathy) is a rare (but well-documented) syndrome. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of HES encephalopathy, particularly diffusion-weighted images (DWI) findings, have not been reported. We report a case of HES encephalopathy in a 79-year-old male presenting with a focal(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a strong genetic basis. Although anxiety is a common major psychiatric condition in ASD, the underlying mechanisms of the anxiety are poorly understood. In individuals with ASD, evidence indicates a structural abnormality in the amygdala, a key component involved in(More)
BACKGROUND Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by widespread persistent pain and the presence of multiple discrete tender points. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a syndrome characterized by debilitating fatigue associated with a variable number of non-specific complaints. Because neither condition had necessarily been recognized in children until recently,(More)
Autoimmune fatigue syndrome (AIFS) is characterized by chronic nonspecific complaints, consistently positive antinuclear antibodies (ANA), and lack of alternate medical explanations. A newly recognized antibody, named anti-Sa, was detected in approximately 40% of the patients by Western blot (WB) using HeLa extract. Some patients with AIFS later develop(More)
Medical care for rheumatic disease in children has been supported by advances in rheumatology. In the past few years and based on knowledge about cytokines, particularly marked advances have been made in treatments using biological products. The fact that patients showed a marked response to treatment with biological products also provided uniform(More)
C1q deficiency is a rare complement deficiency in the early part of the complement cascade. Patients with C1q deficiency have severe recurring life-threatening infections and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-like symptoms. We report on a boy with recurrent life-threatening infections and SLE-like recurrent skin conditions before 2 years of age.(More)
AIMS We evaluated the systolic and diastolic functions of both ventricles from the early neonatal period to adolescence using color tissue Doppler imaging and 2-dimensional tissue tracking echocardiography. METHODS We examined 100 healthy children (aged 1-5 days, n = 20; 1 month, n = 20; 1 year, n = 20; 6-7 years, n = 20; and 12-13 years, n = 20). Blood(More)
Etanercept is a dimeric fusion protein consisting of the extracellular domain of human tumor necrosis factor receptor II (TNFR II, molecular weight 75 kDa) coupled to the Fc region of human immunoglobulin (IgG1). It is produced by recombinant DNA technology by first introducing the gene into Chinese hamster ovarian cells and then purifying the protein from(More)