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OBJECT Magnetoencephalography (MEG) has been used for the preoperative localization of epileptic equivalent current dipoles (ECDs) in neocortical epilepsy. Spatial filtering can be applied to MEG data by means of synthetic aperture magnetometry (SAM), and SAM virtual sensor analysis can be used to estimate the strength and temporal course of the epileptic(More)
A 36-year-old female with a high-grade fever and epigastric abdominal pain was prescribed antibiotics, but developed hypoxia and dyspnea. An echocardiography revealed diffuse hypokinesis and massive pericardial effusion, after which diagnostic cardiac catheterization and an endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) were peformed to reveal fibrosis and infiltration of(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study is to evaluate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of the shoulder and hip joint in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). METHODS MR images of a total of 25 PMR patients (23 shoulders and 6 hips), 43 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients (22 shoulders and 22 hips), and 50 control patients (25 shoulders and 25(More)
A 68-year-old woman with a history of breast cancer, who had undergone left quadrantectomy 24 years prior, had suffered from palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP) and pain in multiple joints and bones for 3 years. Technetium bone scanning showed increased uptake in the sternum, sternocos-toclavicular joint, cervical vertebrae, lumbar vertebrae, and right knee(More)
Among about 400 patients with active arthritis and/or enthesitis who were referred to our department within the last two years, 140 of them were strongly suspected as having psoriatic arthritis by a comprehensive diagnostic procedure and after consulting specialists from dermatology, orthopedics, and radiodiagnostics at our institution and other(More)
Spontaneous bladder rupture (SBR) is a rare but life-threatening condition. Its diagnosis is challenging; symptoms might present solely as ascites during onset or with features of frank peritonitis. When SBR causes peritonitis, arterial perihepatic enhancement can be detected on a contrast computed tomography scan. SBR should be suspected when patients have(More)
The objective of this study was to examine the safety and efficacy of mizoribine (MZR), an inhibitor of inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase, in patients with connective tissue diseases (CTDs) other than rheumatoid arthritis. We identified all patients who had ever been treated with MZR for CTDs at our institution during the period from January 2001 to May(More)
OBJECTIVES Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX) is effective as prophylaxis against many infections in immunocompromised patients. However, it is not commonly prescribed for patients with systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) due to the risk of adverse reactions (ADRs). An upfront graded administration protocol for TMP/SMX was adopted, and its safety and(More)