Yoshitaka Morimatsu

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We have previously reported that the lungs of patients with very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) contain significantly higher numbers of alveolar macrophages than those of non-smokers or smokers. M1 and M2 macrophages represent pro- and anti-inflammatory populations, respectively. However, the roles of M1 and M2 alveolar macrophages in(More)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a serious pathological phenomenon with poor prognosis, which is associated with morphological as well as hemodynamic alteration of the pulmonary circulation. To establish an animal model mimicking severe human PAH, we combined 2 well-described procedures, i.e. exposure to hypobaric chronic hypoxia and administration(More)
We report a familial case of visceral larva migrans (VLM) caused by Toxocara canis larvae. Patient 1 was a 45-year-old man who presented to our university hospital complaining of mild fever, general fatigue, and headache. Patient 2 was a 71-year-old man and was the father of Patient 1; he presented complaining of cough and hyper-viscous white sputum.(More)
Both a higher suicide rate and widespread sleep problems are serious health concerns in Japan when compared with those of other countries. We investigated the relationship between suicidal ideation and sleep problems in Japanese day workers using the 3-dimensional sleep scale (3DSS), which measures three sleep elements (phase, quality, and quantity). Data(More)
We report a rare case of life-threatning pneumothorax induced by multiple intrapulmonary cavitary lesion due to Absidia corymbifera and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The patient was a 58-year-old man who had undergone kidney transplantation three year ago due to diabetes renal failure. He had been treated with immunosuppressive drugs(More)
Efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of meropenem (MEPM) were assessed when 1 g (40 mg/kg for some of the pediatric patients) t.i.d. was administered every 8hours to 101 adult and 6 pediatric patients with febrile neutropenia (FN) as diagnosed based on the Japanese guideline for FN treatment. The efficacy rate evaluated as antifebrile effect up to Day 4 of(More)
Changes in the serum level of the soluble form of CD30 (sCD30) in a patient with adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma were monitored throughout the indolent phase, acute crisis, and relapse. The level of sCD30 was elevated prior to the development of laboratory data abnormalities. In addition, the elevated sCD30 level was associated with clinical manifestations(More)
The diagnosis of decompression illness (DCI), which is based on a history of decompression and clinical findings, can sometimes be confounded with other vascular events of the central nervous system. The authors report three cases of divers who were urgently transported to a hyperbaric facility for hyperbaric oxygen treatment of DCI which at admission(More)
We report a case of septicemia type Vibrio vulnificus infection. The patient was a 74-year-old man who had liver cirrhosis and hepatocelluler carcinoma. He felt a pain in the right femoral lesion after eating raw shellfish (Japanese "Umitake") two days ago. He was admitted to our emergency center due to his shock status and thrombocytopenia two days after(More)