Yoshiyuki Ohtomo

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Rituximab (RTX) has been successfully used as a rescue therapy in children with steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (SDNS). However, little is known regarding maintenance therapy after a successful response to RTX in such patients. The efficacy and safety of a single RTX infusion (375 mg/m2) were assessed in ten patients who had persistent SDNS associated(More)
Cyclosporine A (CsA) has relieved children with steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (NS) from steroid toxicity. However, most patients frequently relapse again when CsA is withdrawn, resulting in the development of CsA nephropathy for its long-term use. In order to assess the efficacy of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) therapy, we prospectively analyzed 12(More)
Raw vegetables cut for salad, cooked salad, cooked rice, boiled noodles, bean curd, and cooked Japanese foods were purchased in 27 retail shops in Tokyo. Intact vegetables before being processed and ready-to-eat fresh salad products were obtained from two food factories located in the suburbs of Tokyo. Two hundred thirty-eight retail samples, 137 samples of(More)
BACKGROUND Cyclosporine A (CsA) has been widely used in children with steroid dependent and steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome (NS) because of its efficacy in relieving these patients from systemic side effects of steroids. However, its long term use is controversial, since chronic CsA induced nephropathy (CsAN) may develop in a considerable number of(More)
BACKGROUND Rituximab could be an effective treatment for childhood-onset, complicated, frequently relapsing nephrotic syndrome (FRNS) and steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (SDNS). We investigated the efficacy and safety of rituximab in patients with high disease activity. METHODS We did a multicentre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial(More)
We studied the insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) gene in 78 patients with primary vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), and examined renal function by dimercaptosuccinate (DMSA) renoscintigraphy and diethylenetriaminepenta-acetic acid (DTPA) renogram in each genotype. Patients were classified into three genotypes(More)
BACKGROUND Although it is known that renal amyloidosis may complicate several dermatoses, recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) complicated by nephropathy has been thought to be rare. We, however, had seen a young adult with RDEB who died of renal failure due to systemic amyloidosis. OBJECTIVE A retrospective study was performed in order to(More)
Yersinia pseudotuberculosis is known to produce a novel superantigen designated Y. pseudotuberculosis-derived mitogen. In the present study, we demonstrated that there was a distinct geographical heterogeneity between the Far East (higher prevalence) and Europe (lower prevalence) in the prevalence of the ypm gene encoding the superantigen among Y.(More)
In order to clarify the mechanism of unusual renal tubular dysfunction seen in a child with Shiga toxin (Stx)-mediated hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), we studied the renal biopsy specimens for Stx binding and apoptosis of renal tubular cells. A 7-year-old boy with Stx-2-mediated HUS demonstrated extensive renal tubular damage characterized by nonoliguric(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM There are several factors, such as race, age, sex, and geographical variations, associated with renal stone formation. Although it is known that the prevalence of urolithiasis in Japanese children is low, the reason remains obscure. We hypothesize that the low prevalence of urolithiasis is associated with the urinary calcium excretion. The(More)