Yutaka Sugita

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RATIONALE The prognostic factors of Mycobacterium avium complex lung disease (MAC-LD) are not clearly defined. OBJECTIVES To assess the prognostic factors of all-cause and MAC-specific mortality in patients with MAC-LD, especially in accordance with radiographic features, first-line treatment, and host predisposition. METHODS Medical records of 634(More)
BACKGROUND COPD is defined by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible and is associated with relevant risk factors. The diagnosis requires that other causes of chronic airflow limitation (CAL) be excluded. We assessed the diagnostic utility of high resolution thoracic CT (HRCT) and bronchodilator reversibility to assist in making a diagnosis of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE COPD and bronchial asthma are chronic airway diseases with a different pathogenesis. Comparisons of differences in airway calibre by bronchial generation between these diseases and their importance to pulmonary function have not been fully studied. We investigated airway calibre and wall thickness in relation to pulmonary function(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE In this study the prevalence, lung function and prognosis of IPF combined with emphysema were evaluated. METHODS Consecutive patients with usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) on high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT), with or without emphysema, were assessed retrospectively. The area of fibrosis in the base of the lungs was(More)
BACKGROUND Anaerobes are the first and Streptococcus species the second most common cause of community-acquired lung abscess (CALA) in the West. The etiologic pathogens of this disease have changed in Taiwan, with Klebsiella pneumoniae being reported as the most common cause of CALA. OBJECTIVE To determine the etiologies of community-acquired lung(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing evidence indicates that antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-positive conversion occurs in patients initially diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and as a result, some of these patients develop microscopic polyangiitis (MPA). However, the incidence density of these patients is not well known. OBJECTIVES To(More)
OBJECTIVE Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) remains a major cause of death. No studies have reported the use of rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDT) for the etiological diagnosis, and the factors contributing to severity and mortality have not yet been fully investigated. The aim of this study was to review the etiologies of CAP using RIDT and to(More)
OBJECTIVE The prognostic factors of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis remain unclear. We assessed the prognostic factors of all-cause mortality in patients with chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis, focusing especially on underlying pulmonary disease, first-line treatment and host predisposition. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed the(More)
A 54-year-old woman was admitted for cough, sputum, and an abnormal chest X-ray shadow. Bronchoscopy showed mucoid impaction of the bronchi (MIB). Histopathologic evidence of mucous plugs was consistent with one component of allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis. Schizophyllum commune (S. commune) was identified. Two attempts at removal of the mucous plugs were(More)
OBJECTIVE Chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae infection has been identified serologically in patients with COPD. The aim of this study was to examine whether the severity of emphysema is related to elevated antibody titres against C. pneumoniae. METHODOLOGY We measured antibody titres against C. pneumoniae using ELISA, and assessed the severity of emphysema by(More)