Yukiya Hakozaki

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BACKGROUND/AIMS The mannose-binding lectin (MBL) gene was reported to play an important role in determining the clinical outcome of persistent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. We investigated serum MBL concentrations and MBL gene mutations to determine whether they were related to the prognosis of patients with fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) caused by(More)
BACKGROUND We have attempted to predict the development of fulminant hepatic failure at the stage of severe acute hepatitis before the onset of coma. This prediction is valuable because it may be used to block the development of fulminant hepatic failure with appropriate medical treatment. METHODS To establish a discrimination formula, we retrospectively(More)
OBJECTIVES In places of mass gathering, rapid infection screening prior to definite diagnosis is vital during the epidemic season of a novel influenza. In order to assess the possibility of clinical application of a newly developed non-contact infection screening system, we conducted screening for influenza patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS The system is(More)
OBJECTIVES During the long-term follow-up of chronic hepatitis C patients treated with interferon alpha-2b, we have identified some patients who had continuous normalization, or transient elevation of the serum alanine aminotransferase levels within the first 6 months of follow-up and subsequent normalization, but HCV RNA was still found to be positive(More)
OBJECTIVE Infrared thermography systems have been used for fever screening at many airports since the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. However, many of these systems are expensive and non-portable. Therefore, we developed a cost-effective and compact (2.9 × 5.8 × 2.0 cm) thermopile array for fever screening of patients with(More)
A 53-year-old man was diagnosed as having idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Hematochezia appeared under steroid therapy for ITP after the diagnosis of ITP 18 months. Colonoscopic study demonstrated inflamed rectal mucosa but there was no evidence of infectious colitis. The colonoscopic and pathological findings were compatible with ulcerative(More)
OBJECTIVES The efficacy of three different dose treatments of interferon (IFN) was evaluated in patients with chronic hepatitis C (HCV). METHODS Ninety-one patients with chronic hepatitis C were allocated to receive 3, 6, or 10 U of recombinant IFN-alpha 2b three times weekly for 24 wk. The number of patients was 26, 35, and 30 in the low, middle, and(More)