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BACKGROUND Because many patients who did not meet the Milan criteria have survived long after undergoing living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), extended criteria for recipient with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are therefore considered to be necessary. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 90 consecutive adult LDLT recipients with HCC between 1996 and 2007(More)
BACKGROUND To ensure donor safety in adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation, we established a selection criterion for donors in which left lobe (LL) was the first choice of graft. METHODS Two hundred six consecutive donors were retrospectively studied. Donors were divided into two groups according to graft type: LL graft (n=137) and right lobe(More)
Speech summarization is a technique of extracting important sentences from spoken documents. It provides us useful information to looking for the spoken documents that we want. Spoken documents contain non-linguistic information, which is mainly expressed by prosody, while written text conveys only linguistic information. This paper describes a(More)
PURPOSE This study was designed to analyze the clinical outcomes of the recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) and to evaluate the efficacy of a surgical resection in treating such a recurrence. METHODS A total of 101 adult LDLT recipients with HCC between 1996 and 2007, including 17 who had recurrent(More)
Applications of nonviral vectors for gene transfer into tumors in vivo have been limited by the relatively low expression levels of the transferred gene. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of electroporation-mediated interleukin-12 (IL-12) gene therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). First, we investigated the optimal conditions of(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to elucidate the predictors of extrahepatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) recurrence after hepatectomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS A cohort of 252 patients with HCC who underwent hepatectomy following a recurrence were reviewed. The patients were categorized into 2 groups according to the pattern of their initial(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The microvascular invasion of cancer cells (mvi) is a good prognostic factor after hepatic resection (HR) and liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study aimed to predict mvi in patients with HCC. METHODS We studied 63 hepatectomized patients with HCC who had HCC without any extrahepatic metastases and vascular(More)
OBJECTIVE Plasma D-dimer levels are elevated in patients with a variety of solid tumors. Recently, it has been reported that the level before curative surgery is a prognostic factor for colorectal cancer (CRC). We investigated whether the plasma D-dimer level before systemic chemotherapies is a predictor for advanced or recurrent unresectable CRC. METHODS(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the safety and feasibility of the triangulating stapling technique (TST) for cervical esophagogastric anastomosis after esophagectomy (CEGA). METHODS The subjects were 123 patients who underwent transthoracic esophagectomy with three-field lymph node dissection and reconstruction with a 3.5-cm wide gastric tube, for thoracic esophageal(More)
BACKGROUND The efficacy of hepatitis B vaccination after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) in patients transplanted anti-HBc-positive grafts or in patients who underwent LDLT for fulminant hepatitis B remains unknown. METHOD A total of 11 recipients who underwent LDLT between October 1996 and October 2002 prospectively received hepatitis B(More)