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BACKGROUND Evidence indicates that corticosteroid therapy might be beneficial for the primary treatment of severe Kawasaki disease. We assessed whether addition of prednisolone to intravenous immunoglobulin with aspirin would reduce the incidence of coronary artery abnormalities in patients with severe Kawasaki disease. METHODS We did a multicentre,(More)
The aim of this study is to assess the different metabolic activities characteristic of glioma recurrence and radiation necrosis (RN) and to explore the diagnostic accuracy for differentiation of the two conditions using (11)C-methionine (MET), (11)C-choline (CHO), and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET). Fifty patients with(More)
We investigated morphological and metabolic changes of radiation necrosis (RN) of the brain following bevacizumab (BEV) treatment by using neuroimaging. Nine patients with symptomatic RN, who had already been treated with radiation therapy for malignant brain tumors (6 glioblastomas, 1 anaplastic oligodendroglioma, and 2 metastatic brain tumors), were(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are believed to be promising for cell administration therapy after ischemic stroke. Because of their advantageous characteristics, such as ability of differentiation into neurovascular lineages, avoidance of immunological problems, and abundance of graft cells in mesodermal tissues, studies regarding MSC therapy have increased(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the immediate effect of acupuncture on cortico spinal tract (CST) activity in patients with chronic disorders of consciousness (DOC) after traumatic brain injury (TBI) by measuring motor-evoked potential (MEP) using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). DESIGN Changes in several variables in the acupuncture session were compared(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Spastic hypertonia usually occurs in patients with chronic disorders of consciousness (DOC) following severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Spinal motor neuron excitability has been reported to increase in patients with brain damage. The aim of this study was to evaluate the immediate effects of acupuncture on spinal motor neuron(More)
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